Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment (Plus An Easy Customizable All Purpose Salve Recipe!)

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Herbal salves have a long history of medicinal use as natural home remedies. Typically crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination of carrier or herbal infused oils, essential oils and beeswax, I’ve rounded up some of the best herbal salve recipes for every ailment.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

Plus learn how to create your own simple, yet affordable all purpose salve that can be  easily customized for your skin specific needs.

Why choose herbal salves over modern skin care treatments?

Having grown up with a variety of frustrating skin issues, including eczema and dry skin, I’ve found that the best herbal salve recipes are also some of the best home remedies one can use. Not only are herbal salves effective at soothing itching and skin irritation, they also promote skin health. So skin not only looks and feels better after use, it can actually repair damage for healthier skin overall.

More importantly, when you make one of these best herbal salve recipes, you don’t have to worry about potentially harmful or synthetic ingredients found in many prescription and commercial over-the-counter products. I believe it’s important to know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin. After all, your skin is the largest organ on your body. So it’s just as important to take care of your skin as it is to say, take care of your eye health.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment (Plus An Easy Customizable All Purpose Salve Recipe!) Swapping out a homemade herbal infused oil in an herbal salve recipe is a great way to further customize that salve to meet your specific skin care needs and to promote skin health.

By learning about the benefits that each ingredient in this collection of best herbal salve recipes has to offer, you can easily start to customize your own herbal salve recipes. A great way to start doing this is to simply swap out the carrier oils called for in a recipe with either another carrier oil or your own herbal infused oil.

Or you can also add your own blend of essential oils. This knowledge can not only help you avoid a potential allergic reaction, but it can ensure you’re getting the right combination of ingredients for your specific skin issues.

What are the skin care benefits of the best herbal salve recipes?

I previously mentioned that herbal salves are great at tackling bothersome skin issues and maladies. However, you may be unsure if herbal salves are suited for your particular concern. Following are some of popular concerns that herbal salves are most commonly used to address.

  • Rashes and fungal infections like ringworm or even parasitic infections like scabies or flea dermatitis.
  • Natural pain relief due to bruising, sore muscles and even arthritis.
  • To treat poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac.
  • Sunburns and minor burns.
  • Eczema, psoriasis or even hives.
  • Minor wounds, scrapes and cuts.
  • Blisters and boils as well as abscesses and skin ulcers.
  • Dry or cracked skin as well windburned skin.
  • Insect bites and stings.
  • Inflamed bunions or bedsores.

How can I learn more about natural ingredients used in the best herbal salve recipes?

Mountain Rose Herbs is a wonderful source of knowledge for learning about a vast array of organic herbs, carrier oils and essential oils. In addition to information on the natural products they offer, you can also learn more about creating your own herbal salves on the Mountain Rose Herbs blog.

I also highly recommend the book by renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar titled, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use.

The books Alchemy of Herbs, The Herbal Apothecary, and Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing are also great places to start your introductory journey.

About my all purpose salve recipe.

Whether you want to test the waters by making a simple salve or want to learn how to create your own custom salve recipes, my all purpose salve recipe is a great springing board for developing your own herbal salve recipes.

Why I love this easy customizable all purpose salve recipe.

  • It’s non-greasy. Formulated using fractionated coconut oil in lieu of other common carrier oils such as olive, this all purpose salve is less greasy than other herbal salve recipes you commonly come across.
  • It’s moisturizing and nourishing. Rather than combing simply beeswax and a carrier oil to create this salve, I also used a combination of cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturize skin and promote skin health.
  • It protects skin. As beeswax is a wax, it forms a protective barrier when applied to skin as part of a homemade or herbal salve. This protective barrier not only locks in moisture, but it also helps to keep out environmental assaults like wind and dry air.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

  • It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Often when we have skin issues there’s more to the story than just dry or irritated skin. Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, this all purpose salve recipe can help tackle problems we aren’t entirely aware of.
  • It’s perfect for sensitive skin. While customizable, this all purpose salve recipe is unscented and contains just four simple ingredients to nourish and protect skin. Even without the addition of an infused carrier oil or even essential oils, this salve still works wonders for most skin types as is. (Extra sensitive skin users can go even simpler with this all purpose salve recipe and simply combine 3 parts carrier oil of choice with 1 part beeswax. As beeswax is anti-allergenic, just about everyone can enjoy the benefits of this natural ingredient combined with just one simple carrier oil.)
  • It soothes and calms itching. Because this all purpose salve recipe contains beeswax, it does a bang up job of soothing itching – especially when it’s associated with dry skin.

Aside of adding essential oils to this all purpose salve recipe based on your own skin care needs, you can also substitute the fractionated coconut oil with another carrier oil of your choice.

Sea Buckthorn Oil is one of my favorite carrier oils. Not only is sea buckthorn oil rich in nutrients that skin craves, this gentle carrier oil is also a great fit for sensitive skin. Not only does it nourish, soothe and protect skin but it also helps to promote skin health.

When used in an herbal salve recipe, sea buckthorn oil helps to speed healing and damage to skin cells. It also calms inflammation caused by common skin conditions such as sunburns and even psoriasis. Additionally, the high vitamin E content makes sea buckthorn a great choice for anti-aging products and salves.

You’ll also find that sea buckthorn oil is a great choice for fading acne scars and blemishes. This is one of the reasons it’s a must have ingredient in this best scar and stretch mark treatment from my fellow blogger, Cari Dunn.

To learn more about the benefits of other carrier oils you may wish to use in your own all purpose salve recipes, be sure to check out the book, Carrier Oils: A beginner’s guide to using over 40 carrier oils in bath and body recipes, by Cari Dunn in addition to some of the other great resources I mentioned above.

Keep reading to learn how to make my simple, customizable all purpose salve recipe as well as for a list of the best herbal salve recipes for a variety of everyday ailments and skin complaints.

Learn how to make your own custom salve recipe! Whether you want to test the waters by making a simple salve or want to learn how to create your own custom salve recipes, my all purpose salve recipe is a great springing board for developing your own herbal salve recipes. Plus more of the best herbal salve recipes for every ailment!

Customizable All Purpose Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. cosmetic beeswax
.5 oz. fractionated coconut oil

Directions:

Step #1:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter.

Step #2:

Combine these ingredients in a double boiler and heat until melted. Then remove from heat.

Step #3:

Next weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and stir into the melted beeswax and butters.

Step #4:

If desired, customize your salve by adding essential oils. Typically it’s safe to add up to 12 drops of an essential oil per ounce of your recipe. However, some essential oils should be used in smaller quantities.

To be safe always check to see what the skin safe recommended usage for your essential oil of choice is. And be sure to research your essential oils beforehand as not all of them are safe for use by pregnant women or children.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

Additionally, as there are what are essentially fake essential oils on the market falsely claiming to be 100% pure therapeutic essential oils, I recommend purchasing essential oils from either Mountain Rose Herbs or Spark Naturals. Both of these companies have been independently tested by industry watch groups and have been found to only ever sell  the real deal.

You can also purchase fractionated coconut oil from Spark Naturals in addition to their own base foundation salve. Similar to my all purpose salve recipe, this unscented salve base is designed to be easily customized by adding your own blend of essential oils.

To customize this all purpose salve recipe one step further, infuse herbs in the fractionated coconut oil (or another carrier oil) to create an herbal oil infusion. Then simply use the herbal infused oil in place of the fractionated coconut oil in this or any of the best herbal salve recipes that can be found below.

Learn how to make your own herbal oil infusions along with the various methods for infusing herbs in oil for the best herbal salve recipes via this tutorial from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog. This instructional guide walks you through the traditional folk process of making solar infused oils as well as the quick method for heat infusing oils. 

You can learn how to make your own herbal oil infusions along with the various methods for infusing herbs in oil via this tutorial from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog. This instructional guide walks you through the traditional folk process of making solar infused oils as well as the quick method for heat infusing oils.

The final consistency of this all purpose salve is mostly solid at room temperature – it also makes a great solid lotion bar – but quickly and easily melts right into skin. You’ll love it for cracked, dry winter hands as well as a multitude of other uses!

To use your all purpose salve, simply apply to your hands, feets, lips and other problem areas as desired.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes to Make at Home

Now that you’ve gotten your feet wet with my easy all purpose salve recipes, here’s a collection of the best herbal salve recipes that you can make at home. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do. And once you’ve tried a few for yourself, I hope that I will have inspired you to custom create your own best herbal salve recipe for your family!

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

Best Herbal Salve Recipes for Every Ailment! Crafted from plant based ingredients that include a combination carrier or herbal infused oils and beeswax that promote skin health, this collection of the best herbal salve recipes are suited for almost every ailment. Plus learn how to customize a simple all purpose salve recipe for your skin specific needs.

To discover more of the best herbal salve recipes, be sure to check out and follow my Best Homemade Salve Recipes board on Pinterest in addition to my other Pinterest boards.

Not ready to make your own best herbal salve recipes?

If you’d like to try an herbal salve but aren’t quite ready to tackle my list of the best herbal salve recipes, no worries. You can totally buy just about any herbal salve your heart desires from an array of handmade artisans. Following are some of my favorite homemade herbal salves that you can purchase online from sellers on Etsy.

Prairie Rose Salve! This wild rose herbal salve from Prairie Folk Supply Co. contains the ferocity and wildness of prairie rose. Sweet petals were harvested after a prairie fire during luscious regrowth and soaked in organic olive oil. Use this salve for chapped or dry skin, insect bites, abrasions, rashes, lips & cuticles. #salve #herbalsalve #artisan #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty

Wild Harvested Herbal Dandelion Salve from Wandering Wildcraft! Made with fresh, hand-picked dandelion blossoms, infused into organic sunflower oil to create a vitamin-rich salve that nourishes the skin. #salve #dandelionsalve #herbalsalve #naturalremedy

If you’re still interested in exploring more of the best herbal salves, you can browse Etsy for even more herbal salves that you can buy. Or shop from among some of my other handmade, artisan favorites!

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Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe with Natural Ingredients

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You’re going to love this herbal dry shampoo recipe! Made with natural botanicals, clay and essential oils, this dry shampoo not only keeps your hair looking great, but it smells amazing!

Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe with Natural Ingredients! You're going to love this herbal dry shampoo recipe! Made with natural botanicals, clay and essential oils, this dry shampoo not only keeps your hair looking great, but it smells amazing! A modern day cult favorite, dry shampoo is a must for summer. Not only does it absorb the excess oil that can leave hair looking dirty and greasy, but it's also great for styling and volumizing fine, limp hair. #dryshampoo #diy #botanicals #beauty

A modern day beauty cult favorite, dry shampoo is a must for summer. Not only does it absorb the excess oil that can leave hair looking dirty and greasy, but it’s also great for styling and volumizing fine, limp hair. My favorite way to use dry shampoo is for a boost of volume. However, it is also an absolute must for when I go camping or hit weekend festivals where a shower is probably not an option.

A lot of commercial dry shampoos unfortunately contain talc powder. As talc has recently been linked to cancer, you should look for dry shampoos that use arrowroot or rice powder instead. Or you can simply make your own!

Following you’ll find my favorite herbal dry shampoo recipe. It’s made using only natural ingredients. I first tested out this herbal dry shampoo recipe over a four-day festival. Not only did it keep my hair from looking like a limp, greasy mess it also helped deter insects. Additionally I only got a lot of compliments on the fragrance. So much so that I was “shampooing” the hair of others throughout my stay.

Another big plus? Because this dry shampoo doesn’t come in a can with propellant, there’s no need to worry about the heat possibly causing the can to burst. And it’s a more eco-friendly option than spray cans. Because you can use the same container for every new batch of my herbal dry shampoo recipe you make, there’s less packaging and therefore less waste.

If you’re not quite ready to jump into making our own herbal dry shampoo, then I recommend Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Dry Shampoo for Dark and Light Hair. Available from Mountain Rose Herbs, this herbal dry shampoo is perfect for all hair types and textures. This dry shampoo powder helps to restore shine and body to your hair between washes and comes packaged in an environmentally friendly cardboard paper tube.

Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender flower powder
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Not everyone’s hair is the same color obviously. To account for this, you can easily swap out the red Rhassoul clay called for in my herbal dry shampoo recipe with another type of cosmetic clay that better suits your hair color.

For lighter hair you may prefer white cosmetic (kaolin) clay or even Fuller’s earth clay. Or for darker hair consider adding 1/4 teaspoon of hardwood activated charcoal.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flower powder. Combine in a glass measuring cup.

Next, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. containers of your choice.

To use simply apply to hair and lightly massage into your hair and scalp with your hands. (A makeup brush actually works great for applying your herbal dry shampoo!) Then brush your hair as usual to remove the excess and evenly distribute throughout your hair.

If you like my herbal dry shampoo recipe, then also be sure to check out my natural flea repelling dry dog shampoo recipe! My flea repelling dry dog shampoo recipe is made with natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas.

Much like my herbal dry shampoo recipe, my dog shampoo contains natural clays and botanicals that gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt. The addition of neem oil then also helps to repel fleas. You can find my herbal dry shampoo recipe for dogs here.

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Books to Buy: Herbs for Natural Beauty

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Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Recipes include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more.

Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Beauty recipes that can be found in Herbs for Natural Beauty include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more. You can purchase the kindle version of this book for just $4.61 from Amazon or buy the paperback version for $8.89 from Amazon here. Alternately, during the month of May you can also buy the paperback version from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $7.16 (20% off!).

Other books by within this series by Rosemary Gladstar include Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System. A Storey BASICS® Title, Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care. A Storey BASICS® Title, and Herbs for Long-Lasting Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Lifelong Vitality. A Storey BASICS® Title. Or purchase Rosemary Gladstar’s best selling kindle ebook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use for just $2.99! Don’t own a kindle? Download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App! It works on most devices including tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.

Natural Bug Repellent and Bug Bite Relief Stick Recipes

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DIY Natural Homemade Bug Repellent RecipeSummer is here and that also means fleas, mosquitoes, flies and ticks are looming about. And seeing as how the mosquitoes in my own yard already think I’m dinner, I want to to head to Floyd Fest – for four days and three nights of camping in the woods – completely prepared. One staple that I’ll be including in my backpack along with my natural dry shampoo will be a homemade insect repellent.

Crafting your own homemade bug repellent is rather simple and you don’t really need to follow any one recipe exactly to get the results you want as long you use a combination of essential oils known for their bug repelling properties. This year I tweaked a recipe I found on Live In Art blog, and combined one ounce each of witch hazel and grape seed oil, then added a blend of essential oils. I used equal parts citronella and lemongrass, slightly less of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and geranium essential oils as well as just a touch of clove and patchouli essential oils. It smells heavenly and even my boyfriend let me hit him with an all over test spray. (Just be sure to shake vigorously before each use.)

If you’re looking for something a little more exact, you can follow the recipe at Live In Blog, but don’t be afraid to substitute essential oils that not only do the job but suit your preference. Alternately you can also purchase a natural citronella/lemongrass bug repellent from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s made from water, essential oils and a natural soy emulsifier to keep the ingredients blended.

Natural Bug Bite Relief Stick DIY - This recipe helps to soothe itchy bug bites and is packaged in lip balm tube form for ease of carrying when traveling out in the wildIf you already have bug bites – or know you’re destined to get them regardless of what you try – you can at least help to soothe the itch. Nicole, of Live In Art, offers five natural ways other than anti-histamines or calamine lotion to help soothe your bug bites on her blog. She also serves up a fabulous recipe for crafting a natural bug bite relief stick! You can use this recipe to fill empty lip balm tubes which allows you to easily carry this remedy wherever you go – in your purse or your pocket! It’s made with an herb infused olive oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butters, as well as  neem oil and other essential oils. Simply visit Live In Art for the recipe. (Update: Live In Art is no more. But you can try my own Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe that repels mosquitoes, biting insects and deer ticks that cause Lyme disease. Find the recipe here.)

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Recipes for Natural Healing Oils & Salves and Other Fabulous Projects for Summer

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Recipes for Natural Healing Oils & Salves, DIY Herbal Pillows and Designing Your Own SoapsRecipes for natural healing oils and salves, diy herbal dream, pillows and designing your own homemade soaps. These are just a few of the treats you’ll discover inside the special, limited edition Nature Knows Best issue of Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine is now available from Mountain Rose Herbs. This special issue is the product of a collaboration between Mary Jane and the employees at Mountain Rose Herbs that contains diy articles and recipes for Herbal Health & Beauty, Herbal Cleaning, and the Herbal Garden along with tasty herbal ice cream recipes, toxic free mama & baby, quick & healthy breads, and much more. You can purchase this special issue from Mountain Rose Herbs while supplies last. Plus don’t forget to shop Mountain Rose Herbs for all of your organic essential oil and soapmaking needs.

If you’re delving into learning how to make homemade soap the old fashioned way with lye (alkali) and natural butters and oils (fats,) be sure to visit my DIY Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial. I also have recently created a tutorial for making your own handmade wood loaf soap molds where I also give you the skinny on where to purchase lye!

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