Make an oil infusion with the herbs first:
-> Chop herbs with scissors and place herbs slightly packed in a mason jar(s). How much herb you have will determine what size you use. Pour olive oil to cover herbs and right to the top of the jar. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Strain out herbs using a nut milk bag OR fine mesh sieve (you can also line the sieve with an unbleached coffee filter if you like).
Add oil to a pot and add in beeswax/candelilla wax. These come in pellets, pastilles or a large block. If you have a solid block, grate it first. Put the heat on LOW to dissolve the wax. Once liquefied, do the freezer test: scoop a bit onto a spoon and place on a plate. Now place in the freezer, wait 5 minutes and see if the consistency is to your liking. It should be solid, like the consistency of a lip balm you'd buy at the store. Add in more oil if too hard and more wax if too runny. Finally, pour into clean glass (or plastic) jars or metal tins. Let cool completely, put on lids, label, and store in a cool place.
Have one on hand in your bag or purse, because the uses for salves are many!
For the herbs:
- Comfrey leaf can be used at any time, before or after she flowers.
- The most medicinal of the Yarrows is the one with white flowers, that wild weed!
- Calendula or pot Marigold can easily be grown in pots, but gardens too!
- Chickweed is easy to grow, self-seeds readily, makes great ground cover and loves shade, so definitely one to consider adding to the garden (or to grow in a pot).
Although this recipe requires making an infused oil with fresh herbs, you can also make the same salve using dried herbs, except for the Chickweed. Use dried Rose petals OR Plantain leaves instead.
To do: Put 3 parts DRIED Comfrey to 1 part each dried Yarrow, dried Calendula and dried Rose petals/buds (or dried Plantain leaves instead of the Rose) in a crock pot, cover with olive oil to coat, then add in 1-2 inches more oil. Put on Low and let GENTLY warm (DO NOT cook) for 1-2 hours. Let cool, then strain out the herbs. Ta-da! Now use this oil to make your salve :)
Uses for salves are many. A salve by definition is a healing balm, so this salve can be used to:
ENJOY the healing power of herbs :)
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