Monday, December 24, 2012

First aid natural salve

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil ( it’s anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, & a great moisturizer – read more)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (full of vitamins & a great moisturizer)
  • 1/4 cup dried comfrey (a herb for healing woulds)
  • 1/4 cup dried calendula (a herb for healing woulds & skin irritations )
  • 2oz beeswax (equals out to 2 of the 1oz bars or 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (natural moisturizer with anti-microbial properties)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, & analgesic ) 
  • In a medium saucepan – combine the coconut oil, olive oil, comfrey, & calendula. 
  • Cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring often. 
  • Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. 
  •  Toss the herbs & wipe out any remaining herbs from your saucepan.  Add the strained oil back to your pot, turn the heat to low.  Stir in the honey at this point until mixed thoroughly.  
  •  Note, having the honey mix in evenly can be somewhat tedious, but keep it up, it's worth it!
  •  Next is to add the beeswax.  If you’re using bars, cut into slices before adding as I did.  Stir until completely melted.

Stir in the essential oil.  Once combined, remove from the heat.
You’ll want to work quickly now as the salve starts to set up rather fast.  Pour into the glass or tin container(s) of your choice.  I like to use wide mouth 8oz mason jars.

Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure that everything settles properly, especially the honey.
Once it sets up, you’re all done.  Each batch makes 16 ounces.