This Cuts and Scrapes Soothing Salve is a great salve with many purposes. Use this salve to support healthy, rosy skin, and for cuts, scrapes, and minor skin abrasions and bites. A must-have salve for your medicine cabinet!
- 2 tablespoons dried echinacea root
- 2 tablespoons dried lemon balm leaf
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
- 2 tablespoons dried calendula flowers
- 1 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 ounce beeswax
Start off your salve making by creating an herbal infused oil. Place the dry herbs in a clean and very dry jar. When you are making infused oil, water can cause spoilage, so make sure your jar is nice and dry. Cover the herbs with olive oil, making sure to cover all of the plant material with oil. You may need to poke a few stragglers under the oil. Finish up by placing a lid on top of the jar.
You now have a choice! If you are not in a hurry, you can let your herbs infuse in the oil for 4-6 weeks in a dark, warm, dry place, shaking gently every few days, and checking to make sure the herbs remain submerged below the oil. Or, if you want to make your salve right away, then you can use heat to gently speed along the process of infusing the oil. To do this, place the jar either in a double boiler on the stove over low heat or in a crockpot with a few inches of water in the bottom and set the crockpot on low. Let infuse for 4 to 8 hours; don’t let the oil temperature get above 120° F or the herbs will cook. Check the water level occasionally and add more if needed.
Once your oil is done infusing, strain out the herbs by layering a couple of pieces of cheesecloth or another thin cloth over a bowl or in a funnel. Pour the oil and the herbs into the cloth and let drain. After the oil has drained out of the herbs, you can gather the cloth up and (using clean, dry hands) squeeze any remaining oil out of the herbs.
You should have a little bit more than 1 cup of herbal infused olive oil with which to make your salve. The general proportion for getting a nice consistency when making salve is 1 cup of oil to 1 ounce (by weight) of beeswax. It is helpful to have a little extra oil and beeswax on hand if you need to adjust the consistency.
Start by measuring one cup of oil into a pan and add 1 ounce of beeswax pastilles. Beeswax is hard to clean off of surfaces so choose a pan that is not your favorite or place the oil/beeswax in a jar that you can recycle when you are done making your salve. If using a jar, place the jar in a double boiler to melt your salve. On low heat, gently melt the beeswax into the oil.
Once the beeswax is melted, test your salve for consistency by simply placing a bit of the salve on a spoon and put the spoon in the freezer. Wait a few minutes for the salve to set and then see if you like the consistency. Is it too hard, too soft, or just right? If it is too hard, add a little bit more oil to your pot of salve; if it is too soft, add a little bit more beeswax and then repeat the spoon test.
Once you get the consistency that you want, pour the salve into clean, dry containers such as little canning jars or tins. Label your salve and use as needed!