Herbal Salves are great products to keep in your medicine chest. Whether you buy them or make them yourself, they work because of the medicinal properties of the herbs and botanicals used to create the product. Salves can be used routinely year round to treat minor skin damage, burns, bruises, rashes, and even sprains. If you’re planning on making your own salves and ointments, I recommend purchasing organic ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Wonder Wonder Blog offers a step by step photo tutorial for making your own diy Herbal Salves. Because of the multi-purpose uses of salves, Hikaru uses her salves in place of creams, eye cream, hand cream, and even lip balms!
Hikaru’s handmade salve recipe calls for a variety of herbal infusions mixed into a base of shea butter, beeswax and a bit of Vitamin E oil. The recipe is construction in order to allow some customization and provides instructions on creating your choice of herbal infusions from herbs such as lavender, rosemary, calendula, chamomile, comfrey and mint. You can customize your salve based on your most common ailments by choosing the proper herbs for your condition. Mountain Rose Herbs is also an excellent resource for researching the properties of any carrier oils and herbs you may consider using. Grab the recipe for making your own herbal salves now at Wonder Wonder.
Looking for a more specific recipe before you start experimenting with your own? Soap Deli News Blog offers a recipe for Calendula Ointment. Calendula is known for it’s skin care properties and is widely used to soothe inflammation, control bleeding and heal damaged skin tissue making it perfect for use in ointments and salves. You’ll find the Calendula Ointment Recipe here.
You can also craft a Skin Nourishing Salve perfect for treating insect bites, minor itching and irritation, and minor cuts. It can also be used as a nipple cream. Made from wild grown plantain and violet leaves that you can find growing in most any lawn, this recipe describes the herbal infusion process and provides an exact recipe for making your salve. Get the details here.
Additionally, you can also check out this salve recipe for a Scrapes and Scratches Healing Balm. It does not call for an herbal infusion, saving you a step, and instead utilizes essential oils including tea tree oil, lavender, tagetes, and rosemary in a beeswax and sweet almond oil base.