Herbal Salve Recipes

 Note! You are advised to double-check the formulation of all recipes before making any of them. Recipes using sodium or potassium hydroxide should be run through a lye calculator before use.

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General Healing Balm

1 part lavender flowers
1 part peppermint leaves
Steep in 3 ounces of sunflower oil for 45 minutes.Strain. Melt 2
ounces cocoa butter or coconut oil in microwave or double boiler. Add
2 ounces of beeswax and melt together. Add strained sunflower oil and
mix thoroughly. When mixture cools, add 2 tsp. essential oil of your
choice. (I use peppermint and lavender) Pour into small soap molds or
small plastic container. Peppermint is cooling while the lavender is
topically healing.


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:

Crack Salve
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 e.o.
5 drops Chamomile (german) e.o.
5 drops Lavendar e.o.
5 drops Tea tree e.o.
  Cool a bit , then pour into clean jars.
Tina Pickett


Foot Salve

10 oz. coconut oil (solid, not fractionated)
2 oz. jojoba
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 butter
.5 oz. menthol crystals
10 drops peppermint
10 drops eucalyptus
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.


Becky's Itchy Salve (for help with itchies) : (I use a simple method, I don't measure, ;) so amounts
are always approximate)
If using fresh herbs, gently spray clean and let wilt overnight in a dry place.
1 handful of chickweed
1/2 handful of chamomile heads
1/2 handful of calendula heads
2 Tbs. of thyme
2 Tbs. comfrey root
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
time and re-test.


Chest Rub/Soreness

Olive oil 1 cup or enough to cover the herbs(I don't like to
substitute, olive lasts a long time)
grated ginger root  fresh 2 Tbs. dried about 4Tbs.
dried or wilted peppermint leaves 1/4-1/2 cup
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 melt 1-2
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 container, let
sit until cool.
*I add poplar buds to the herbs for pain and inflammation, simmer as


Easy Salve

Here is another easy salve recipe. Lemon Balm contains Eugenol which
eases pain and calendula is great for all types of skin conditions, very
Most of you will remember that I don't always weigh my ingredients, so
these are approximate.
2 cups olive oil or sunflower oil (olive lasts longer)
3/4 cup lemon balm and calendula. Just throw handfulls in the measuring
container until 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 and
label!!!!! Add the date.....
You might think you'll remember what you made, but you won't....lol

Melody's Herbal Infusion Directions
Place your dried plant material in the top of a double boiler and cover with
just enough olive oil (or oil of your choice) to cover.  Bring the temperature
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
in the refrigerator.

1.  Use only dried plant material.  Fresh contains water which will breed
bacteria in your salves.
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 week.
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 material.
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 Oil

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 this case)
Mix the two together in a glass jar and let sit covered for 24 hour, shaking every once in a while
The next 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 warm.
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 alcohol there...careful!)
Now you can bottle the oil or used it right away.
Titania's Forest Natural Skincare