Making Salves!

I had such a great time at my mom’s farm the last two weeks!  We went shopping around the local shops and I managed to find some great organic herbs for a FANTASTIC price!  I stocked up on red raspberry leaf, calendula, comfrey (leaf and root), and dandelion leaf.  With some cold-pressed olive oil in the house in large quantities…I got started!!

Salve: An ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection

I was so excited to make my first salve but I have to give credit where credit is due…I got my information on making a salve from http://www.healing-from-home-remedies.com/ a wonderful website with poultice information and herb information! Wowsers i love this place!

So moving on to my salve concoction…here’s the ingredients:

Beeswax (local from Dickie’s Farms)
Comfrey leaves
Calendula
Vitamin E
Eucalyptus EO

Why aren’t there any measurements?  Well…two reasons…1) i didn’t have a scale 2) if i had a scale i’d probably wing it anyway 😉

My ratio though, was 1:1 comfrey: calendula, i think i used a 1/2 ounce of each and about 1 cup of oil.  I put them all together in an oven safe container and put it on 160degrees for 3 hours.  Normally i would put the herb in oil and let it sit in a cool dark place for 4-6 weeks but i was in a hurry! don’t hate! 🙂

DING DING DING
Now that it’s been three hours you take it out of the oven and you can either put it through a jelly bag, a cheese cloth, or three different size strainers like i did LOL and put it into my double boiler pot.
I made a make shift double boiler, put it on high heat (before putting the oil pot in) and brought the water to a boi.  Once it was boiling I put it on medium low and put my oil pot in the water making sure that the heat didn’t get too high so it didn’t burn!  I put my 1/2 ounce (okay maybe a full ounce by the looks of it) of shredded beeswax in the oil and watched it melt.  You can put a spoon in and take a bit out and put it in the fridge for 1 minute to see what the texture will be like if you’re not sure how much beeswax to put in.  But i really had a lot of fun playing around and just guessing 🙂  I felt like a real medicine woman.  Once the beeswax was melted, I took the pot out of the boiler and I let it cool for a bit before putting in the vitamin E (about a teaspoon or 1/2 teaspoon).  If you put it in hot you may destroy the beneficial properties of the vitamin E!  Once it cooled a little bit longer (not quite thickened)  I added a TON of eucalyptus oil.  Now when I say a TON, I mean a TON!!!!!!  I don’t know why but it was like the oil just ate it. maybe i put it in when it was still a bit too hot and it evaporated?  We’ll never know.  I should mention here that if you don’t want eucalyptus you can use your favorite essential oil but i like it because i can use it as a fever reducer – it cools the skin and it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Once i finished this step i poured it into these little mason jars I had and when some was hardened to the bottom of the pot i just put it in the warm water pot for a moment and it melted immediately and then i poured it into the jar.

I popped a label on it and there it is.  My first salve.

 

This salve is great for sore muscles, cuts, scrapes, bruises, bug bites, bee stings, it speeds up healing time, it’s good for bronchitis, asthma, good for your skin, rashes – you name it! This is kind of a “general healing salve”.  I keep one in my purse every where I go 🙂  I love it.  As for the lemon balm ointment on top – that’s for another post!  I want to mention though that I had the pleasure of making some poultices for my mom and treating her inflamed arm that she could hardly move.  I used a comfrey poultice and cayenne poultice alternating and the pain was gone. she was gardening the next day pulling up weeds and taking down dead branches from trees.

I had a great 2 weeks up at the farm with my sister, her kids, my sister in law, my brothers, mom, aunts and uncles and just about every one else under the sun that came up for a visit.  Maybe next time i have a moment to talk on here i’ll talk about my little nephew’s 4th birthday and how we played with chickens outside! 🙂 but for now, i’ll let you all go !

Oh yah – 43 days 1 hour until the first day of school 🙂

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