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For about the last year, since I started my herbal journey, I’ve been wanting to learn how to make my own salves. But, honestly, I’m a cheap ass and when I want something that I’m actually willing to pay for, I want it now. So, ordering online just hasn’t appealed to me. I finally decided that for a little homemade Christmas present for the hubby, I would make a DIY herbal salve. He has spots on his cheeks that have been really red and irritated lately. He says he’s “tried everything”, though I don’t know what “everything” is, because we’ve only bought like 2 creams for it and he really doesn’t use anything like that often. Creams often get used once around my house and stuffed in a drawer. I guess he expects miracles from using something once!
So, I went to my trusty Pinterest to find some ideas on how to do my own custom herbal salve. I read a few articles to get the general jist of it and decided I could customize it. I went to The Original Boise Co-op and found that they have all sorts of herbs and such in bulk. Talk about exciting! I could buy as much or as little as I needed. And I could get it now, instead of waiting to get it shipped to me.
I happily snagged a few baggies and put some calendula, some lavender, and some beeswax in them. I also bought a nice blue jar to put it in and a nice sized bottle of olive oil. It cost about 11 dollars but 6 dollars of that was the oil and I had quite a bit left, so it was pretty cheap. I put about a cup and a half of olive oil in a small crock pot and added the calendula and lavender to it. I decided that I wanted more healing ingredients in it as well.
I pulled out the dried rosehips and plantain that I had foraged in the fall and dried in the dehydrator, and I threw those in there too. Calendula is a must for skin, lavender is soothing and calms redness. Rosehips are very moisturizing and anti-aging, and plantain is wonderful for healing skin irritations.
I let this steep overnight in the crock pot on low setting, turned it off in the morning and let it continue to infuse until I got home from work. After work, I strained the oil through some cheesecloth and poured it into a glass bowl, giving the cheesecloth a good squeeze to get most of the oil out of the herbs. I put the glass bowl in a pan of water double-boiler style and heated the oil slowly. Then I added about an ounce of beeswax to the oil and stirred gently until the wax is fully melted. I then poured it into the blue glass jar and left the lid off for the salve to set up.
Once set, I put the lid on it and called it good. I gave this to the hubby for Christmas, and surprising enough, he and the whole family are using it! And my daughter’s sister-in-law absolutely loves it for her son’s dry patches, she is now asking me to make more for her. It is so soothing on dry skin and is great for many skin issues. I will definitely be making more salves as I continue on my herbal journey, and hope you will join me. Do you have a favorite DIY herbal salve? Please share in the comments.