Do you know what I love? Making my own body and home products. There is something so relaxing and satisfying in creating things that you know are safe, made with great ingredients, and actually work without being filled with things like parabens, phthalates, triclosan, PCB’s, SLS, etc. One of my favorite things to make is DIY all purpose healing salve. Let me teach you how!
DIY All Purpose Healing Salve
First of all, when I say all purpose, I mean it! This salve is seriously amazing. I use it to heal scrapes, cuts, minor wounds, cold sores, chapped lips, cracked knuckles, pimples, burns, bug bites, and just about everything else under the sun.
It is very simple to make, but it is going to take you a little bit of time.
Let me explain.
For my salve, I do not use any essential oils. Instead, I allow the dried flowers, herbs, and powders to infuse for 6 weeks or longer in high quality oil. Doing this allows the oil to absorb the beneficial properties from the herb, flower, and/or powder.
I know, I know! 6 weeks+ will feel like forever, but it will be worth it! I promise. (I share a little tip down below if you are one of those I-can’t-wait-6-weeks people).
- 4 half pint (for small batches) or 4 pint (for large batches) mason jars- clean, sterilized, with lids and rings
- Dried Calendula Flowers (enough to fill mason jar)- help reduce pain, inflammation/swelling, and even muscle spasms.
- Comfrey Root Powder (2 tablespoons)- is beneficial in the growth of new skin cells, while also relieving pain and inflammation.
- Dried Chamomile Flowers (enough to fill mason jar)- are helpful for skin conditions and is considered an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and an anti-inflammatory.
- Dried Lavender Flowers (enough to fill mason jar)- are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, relieving swelling and pain from bug bites and burns.
- Enough high quality oil to fill jars (you can use extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, etc. or a blend of oils. Each oil, much like the flowers/herbs/powders, has different medicinal benefits, so do your research to see what blend would work best for you). Use whatever oils you love, whatever will work best, or whatever you have on hand- like I did! I had a lot of extra virgin olive oil that needed used, so that’s what I used in all of my jars.
- Beeswax (for every 8 ounces of oil, use 1 ounce of beeswax)
- Clean, glass containers with lids to store the salve once it’s finished
How to Infuse Oils
First, take 4 sterilized half pint mason jars and fill each full with dried herbs. (I make bigger batches of the salve, so I used pint jars). Then, pour your high quality oils of choice into the jars and cover the dried herbs/flowers/powders. Next, seal shut, shake, and place in a cool, dark location. Finally, shake your jars everyday for 20-30 seconds each for at least 6 weeks, but these can infuse much longer than that! The longer they infuse, the better.
After your oils have been infused with the powerful plant properties from the herbs, flowers, and powders you’ve used, you’re in great shape and well on your way to making your own healing salve.
How to Make DIY All Purpose Healing Salve
Strain your oil from the flowers/herbs/powders. Make sure to measure your oil so you know how much beeswax you’ll need. Put your oil into a double boiler. Heat low and slow and add beeswax. Once beeswax is completely melted, let the liquid cool slightly, then pour into your storage containers.
Use as needed, where it’s needed! Another great thing about this salve is your ability to adapt it to whatever your needs are. You can change up the oils, herbs, flowers, powders as you see fit. Remember, all herbs, flowers, powders, and oils have varying medicinal benefits. Research, experiment, and make your own blends!
** Tip for those that can’t wait 6+ weeks… add your dried herbs, flowers, and/or powders that you love to a clean pot. Cover with good quality oil and let simmer on very low heat for an hour. Strain herbs and flowers, then continue with your beeswax as noted above.
**Please note- always use dried herbs and flowers when infusing. (Fresh herbs and flowers can be used, but you have to be careful that the oil doesn’t spoil, grow bacteria, or get parasites, bugs, etc.)
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