Add all herbs to a crock pot. Cover the herbs with olive oil, mix to coat, then add in 1-2 inches more oil. Put on Low and let warm 1-2 hours. DO NOT cook the oil! The salve will smell cooked and it won't be pleasant! Let cool enough to handle, then strain out the oil using a nut milk bag or a sieve (you can line the sieve with an unbleached coffee filter if you like).
Add the oil to a pot with the wax. Many use the ratio 1 cup oil to 1 ounce shaved wax. Melt on Low heat, then do the freezer test: scoop a bit onto a spoon and place the spoon onto a plate. Put in the freezer, wait 5 minutes and then see if the consistency is to your liking. Salves are usually somewhat hard in texture, like a lip balm you'd buy at the store. Pour the salve into clean glass jars (plastic is OK too) or metal tins. Let cool, then put on the lids, label and store in a cool place.
Keep one in your purse or bag at all times, the uses for salves are many!
I really like this recipe because these herbs are easy to find in health food stores or online, plus it's easy to make in as little as a few hours, so you can make the salve all in one day (unlike some other recipes, where you have to infuse the herbs and wait 6 weeks!).
It's a simple salve using just 3 ingredients, and all these herbs have vulnerary properties. Yarrow makes this salve have an anti-itch, styptic quality while Rose lends her emollient ways. Calendula, of course, is just a top of the line known vulnerary for all kinds of wounds, cuts and burns!
Uses for salves are many: wounds, cuts, burns, and dry and chapped skin ANYWHERE on the body.
If you like you could also add Vitamin E to this recipe (use a sharp knife to prick open the capsules). 1/2-1 tsp Vitamin E for every 1 cup salve.
As always, Enjoy :)
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I do! I do!