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1 part lavender flowers
1 part peppermint
Steep in 3 ounces of sunflower oil for 45 minutes.Strain. Melt
ounces cocoa butter or coconut oil in microwave or double boiler.
2 ounces of beeswax and melt together. Add strained sunflower oil
mix thoroughly. When mixture cools, add 2 tsp. essential oil of
choice. (I use peppermint and lavender) Pour into small soap
small plastic container. Peppermint is cooling while the
With all the chat about a crack salve < I
thought I would share my
recipe with all of you .
It works wonders
on those awful cracks you get along your fingernails
and I sell tons
of it !
Here it goes:
1 oz Beeswax
1 oz Calendula
infused olive oil
1 oz Plaintain infused olive oil
1 oz St.
Johnswort infused olive oil
Melt all together til
beeswax is melted then add:
6 drops Vit E
5 drops Pine needle
5 drops Chamomile (german) e.o.
5 drops Lavendar e.o.
drops Tea tree e.o.
Cool a bit , then pour into clean
10 oz. coconut oil (solid, not fractionated)
3 oz. olive oil
3 Tbs. candelilla wax
1/2 oz. beeswax (
you can replace this with all candelilla wax if you'd
like, I was not
happy with the consistency so I added some beeswax)
1 oz. cocoa
.5 oz. menthol crystals
10 drops peppermint
10 drops naouli
Melt all ingredients together except
for the menthol and essential oils.
Remove from heat, stir in menthol
crystals, re-heat until crystals are
melted if needed. Remove from
heat and let cool before stirring in the
essential oils or they will
evaporate, pour into containers.
If you don't have experience in
using menthol crystals, they are quite
powerful, so do wear a mask
when using them and caution, you don't want
to have your head right
over the bowl when mixing this item.
Salve (for help with itchies) : (I use a simple
method, I don't measure, ;) so amounts
are always approximate)
using fresh herbs, gently spray clean and let wilt overnight in a dry
1 handful of chickweed
1/2 handful of chamomile
1/2 handful of calendula heads
2 Tbs. of thyme
2 Tbs. marshmallow root
Cover with olive oil, infuse
over low heat (never get above 200) for 3
Strain and add
1-2 oz.cocoa butter and 1-2 oz.beeswax, heat until
melted and pour
into containers. Just drop a little on a plate and see
if it hardens
enough, if not add more beeswax only a little bit at a
Olive oil 1 cup or enough to cover the herbs(I don't like
substitute, olive lasts a long time)
grated ginger root
fresh 2 Tbs. dried about 4Tbs.
dried or wilted peppermint leaves
Put in crock pot or double boiler and simmer over low
heat for 3
hours. Strain out herbs, put back in pan over low heat and
Tbs. of beeswax in the oil, depending on how hard you want
to make it.
When beeswax melts, remove from heat stir and pour into
sit until cool.
*I add poplar buds to the herbs for
pain and inflammation, simmer as
Here is another easy salve recipe. Lemon Balm contains
eases pain and calendula is great for all types of skin
Most of you will remember that I don't
always weigh my ingredients, so
these are approximate.
olive oil or sunflower oil (olive lasts longer)
3/4 cup lemon balm
and calendula. Just throw handfulls in the measuring
you get 3/4. Try to use equal amounts of each.
Mix together and place
in top of double boiler. Simmer over low heat for
2 hours. Remember
to replace the water in bottom pot if it gets low.
Strain out herbs.
In seperate pan or bowl if using microwave, melt 2
tsp. beeswax and 1
tsp. cocoa butter or lanolin. Add to the infused oil
and stir until
cool. If you wanted to make this antibacterial, you would
add a few
drops of tea tree or thyme eo when it cools. Put into jars
label!!!!! Add the date.....
You might think you'll remember
what you made, but you won't....lol
Place your dried plant
material in the top of a double boiler and cover with
olive oil (or oil of your choice) to cover. Bring the
up to 120-150 deg. F. and keep it there for 4
hours. Strain through
cheesecloth, squeezing all the oil out of
the plant material. Pour this
infused oil over another batch of
dried material and repeat the process. Store
1. Use only dried plant material.
Fresh contains water which will breed
bacteria in your
2. Use latex or other type of rubber glove when you
squeeze the plant material
to keep from contaminating the oil with
bacteria from your hands.
3. Make only what you can use in a
4. Don't make the fire too hot, as it will cause the temp
to rise too
drastically. Remove from heat when the infused
material reaches 120 deg. F.
The temp will continue to rise.
When it starts dropping close to the 120 mark
again, zap it for a
minute with the heat.
5. Keep in mind that once oil starts to
heat, the temp goes up drastically.
You don't want to burn the plant
6. Do not cover the pot. You don't want
condensation to build up and drop
back into the oils.
I've had better luck with this method than with the cold
infusion on a
windowsill, which always seemed to develop condensation
inside the jar which in
turn resulted in bacteria and mold growing in
the final oil.
Making Herb Infused
I am a clinical herbalist (as well as soap and toiletry
maker). I wanted to share a recipe for making superior,
therapeutic quality herb infused oil. You can use this oil as is
or in what ever recipe. This method works especially well with
resiny herbs such as calendula or St. johnwort. Some active
constituents in herbs are not very easily extracted in oil but come out
just fine in alcohol. This way you get both!
I was taught
this recipe by the first herbalist I apprenticed with years ago and have
also seen basically the same in James Green's Herbal Medicine Maker's
Handbook. Here goes:
1 part herb by weight (for
example 1 0z)
1 part grain alcohol (everclear) by volume( 1 fl oz in
Mix the two together in a glass jar and let sit
covered for 24 hour, shaking every once in a while
day mix the wet herbs with 5-6 parts of oil, about 5-6 fl oz in this
case (for medicinal salves we usually use extra virgin olive, but what
ever you want to use is fine)
Pour this into a blender and blend the
whole thing on high speed until the sides of the blender feel
Strain the oil through cheesecloth, pressing to get most of the
oil out. Pour the oil in a pot and over very low heat, warm it
until all the alcohol is evaporated. ( you can check by holding a match
close to the surface of the oil. If it catches fire there is still
Now you can bottle the oil or used it right
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