Now that you have been able to create your very own medicinal herbal oil, you are just one step away from being able to make an incredible healing salve. Salves are better known as ointments, are normally made up of vegetable oils, beeswax, and herbs. The oil helps by acting as a solvent for the strong medicinal properties that the herbs have and assist in providing a healing, emollient base. The beeswax is great a being a protective, soothing emollient that helps your salve stay together and give it a more solid form.
There a few different tricks to creating a high-quality salve, but if you are able to follow the directions then your first salve should come out perfectly!
- First off you will want to make a medicinal oil, you can check out our quick article here.
- For this step, you will want to add in 1 1/4 cups of beeswax for every cup of finished herbal oil. Now you will want to heat your oil and beeswax together over a really low heat, making sure to stir occasionally just until the beeswax has melted. Make sure at this point that you do a consistency test. You should not skip this step; it’s really simple and only takes a few moments, and will make sure that you have the exact consistency that you want in your salve.
- Finally to check your consistency as well you can take a little spoonful of your mixture and put it in the freezer for a quick moment so you can check the firmness of your salve. Depending on what you want, for a harder salve, you will add in more beeswax. For a softer salve, add in more oil.
- Once your new mixture is at the consistency that you want, you will remove the blend from the heat and then pour immediately into small glass jars or even tins. Just remember, you are working with super hot oil, so be very careful. On this part, I wouldn’t have the little ones help you.
- Finally, you are now ready to place your salve in a dark, cool place, where it will keep for a few months. Some have even lasted for years. (Don’t keep this salve in your car! Because of the constant temperature changes, this will drastically reduce the salves ability to do what its best at, plus it will start to smell pretty rancid and the color will fade.)
Salves have been used since man first discovered he could put herbs together to create a healing agent, and are still used today. I know that when I had major abdominal surgery and after a couple of years of not healing, I used a salve made by an amazing alchemist. It worked wonderfully, not perfectly, but it was able to do what some modern medicine was unable to do and close my wound up.
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Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, P. 37-38