Healing Salve (8 year shelf life)
This healing salve is helpful on cuts, bruises, stings, poison ivy and skin irritations. It also helps diaper rash and baby skin irritations- just don’t use with cloth diapers or line them first. It is a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and astringent. It can last 5-8 years, so you can make it in big batches, but you can reduce the size if needed. Keep this on hand while gardening for skin irritations and bug bites.
2 cups of olive or almond oil (Not included)
1 tsp echinacea root
2 tablespoons comfrey leaf
2 tablespoons of plantain leaf (herb-not banana!)
1 tablespoon of calendula flowers
1 teaspoon yarrow flowers
1 teaspoon of rosemary leaf
1/4 cup beeswax pastilles (Not included)
1/2 tsp grapefruit seed extract or vitamin E oil to preserve (Not included, but not needed)
How to Make Healing Salve:
1. Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two ways to do this. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave 3-4 weeks, shaking daily OR heat the herbs and olive oil over low heat in a double boiler for 3 hours until the oil is very green.
2. Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring through cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil out.
3. Discard the herbs.
4. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler with the beeswax until melted and mixed. Add if desired 1/2 tsp grapefruit seed extract or vitamin E oil to preserve when slightly cooled. Be carful not to let the salve cool off to much before adding.
5. Pour into small tins, glass jars or lip chap tubes and use on bites, stings, cuts, poison ivy, diaper rash or other wounds as needed.
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Echinacea Root; Widely used in Western phytomedicines* (extracts, salves, and tinctures*) for wounds, herpes sores, canker sores, and throat infections.
Comfrey Leaf; Contains allantoin* which promotes healing, External application of the leaf has been used for bruises and sprains. WARNING: SHOULD NOT BE EATEN! CONTAINS A LIVER-TOXIC PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOID*, ESPECIALLY IN THE ROOT!
Plantain Leaf; Greeks and Romans used as an astringent, to heal wounds, and for asthma, fevers, and eye disorders, American Indian groups used as a poultice* for pain, swelling, wounds, cuts, sores, infections, blisters, insect bites and snakebites, and hemorrhoids.
Calendula Flower; Studies confirm anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immunostimulant activity, Improves healing mechanisms at wound site and increases micro-blood vessels, Tea traditionally used as a gargle for sore throat or oral inflammations; also for gastric ulcers, stomach ailments, and jaundice.
Yarrow Flower; Helps stop bleeding, Promotes sweating, and thus, drives out the heat of fevers and naturally can cool the body, Yarrow contains a number of proven anti-inflammatory and astringent properties and is highly regarded for healing wounds, bruises and sprains.
Rosemary Leaf; Contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion, Also contains anti-inflammatory compounds, Legendary brain tonic, improving concentration and memory.