How to Make Salves

Salves are very similar as lotion and even double up as a moisturizer. They are typically used to treat topical skin conditions.

How to Make Salves

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Salves are one of my favorite herbal medicine to make. Not only are they easy but they are very customizable. One of the first herbal medicines I made as a salve, a dandelion salve. My little brother like to poke fun at me for making these “hippie creams,” as he calls them. Though, he was grateful for the plantain salve I made when you got a bad sunburn.

Whenever people want to get started in herbal medicine I always recommend starting with a salve. This is about as simple as it gets. The beeswax is used to keep the salve solid at and above room temperature. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and helps your body absorb the salve. I almost always use tea tree oil essential oil in my salves as the tea tree oil is a great natural preservative. The infused oil is where the main medicinal properties lie. For a good beginner salve, you can just simply start with plain, ole olive oil to learn the process. Infused oils can have more than one herb infused into it but a single herb is great for beginners. My favorite is always doing a dandelion flower salve.

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Yields2 Servings

1

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can make one by placing a mason jar in a pot with enough water to go ¼-½ way up the side of the jar.

2

Add the infused oil. The oil will cause some of the beeswax, coconut oil, and the oil to solidify since the oil will be colder than the melted ingredients. Wait for it to remelt.

3

Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.

4

Pour into containers and allow to sit for a few hours.
Store in a cool, dark place to extend shelf life.

Makes two 4oz salves in addition to two 1oz salves or 10-11 1oz salves

Ingredients

Directions

1

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can make one by placing a mason jar in a pot with enough water to go ¼-½ way up the side of the jar.

2

Add the infused oil. The oil will cause some of the beeswax, coconut oil, and the oil to solidify since the oil will be colder than the melted ingredients. Wait for it to remelt.

3

Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.

4

Pour into containers and allow to sit for a few hours.
Store in a cool, dark place to extend shelf life.

Makes two 4oz salves in addition to two 1oz salves or 10-11 1oz salves

Simple Salve Recipe

lil salves

Step by step with pictures:

 

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  1. Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can make one by placing a mason jar in a pot with enough water to go ¼-½ way up the side of the jar.

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2. Add the infused oil. The oil will cause some of the beeswax, coconut oil, and the oil to solidify since the oil will be colder than the melted ingredients. Wait for it to remelt.

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3. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.

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4. Pour into containers and allow to sit for a few hours.

Have you ever used or made salves before?

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