I have spent quite a bit of money over the last few years on herbal salves, especially ones for diaper rashes. I have always been intimidated at the concept of making my own as it sounded complex. Boy was I wrong! A few weeks ago I learned to make my own and it’s SO easy!
First of all, herbal salves are just a simple mix of infused oils, wax, and sometimes essential oils. They are used externally and can be made many different ways to suit your needs. In order to make herbal salves you need to find a good supplier for wax (I prefer beeswax), herbs (they MUST be completely dry in order to have a good shelf life), and a good quality carrier oil. The quality of ingredients you choose will affect the quality of your salve, so choose wisely. Also, be familiar with the herbs you are using and their recommended usages. With the internet this can be done easily and quickly.
I am going to share with you a quick recipe to make Calendula Salve as it is easy to make and has many uses (including diaper cream).
What you will need:
A glass oven safe dish
Dried Calendula petals
Storage container (glass or metal are best – you can use wide mouth canning jars)
Take a cup of the dried calendula petals and put them in your oven safe dish. Cover completely in your carrier oil (pure olive oil is what I prefer to use). Don’t put too much oil in, but just enough to cover the calendula. I typically use equal amounts of herbs and oil. Heat your oven to about 200 degrees and then shut it off. Place the oil and herb blend into the oven and let it sit for about 4 hours or so. Remember, the oven is OFF during this time. Let cool until it’s cool to the touch and then strain the herbs with a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Put the oil back in your pan and add two ounces of beeswax. Put on low heat and stir constantly until the beeswax is pretty much dissolved. Remove from heat and stir until it’s blended well. Pour into your storage container and let cool. You can add more or less beeswax to change the texture. More beeswax would make it firmer and less would make it softer.
Easy, huh? I thought so too! My hope is that you too can save some money and make some of your own! I should add that my absolute favorite place to buy herbs and supplies is Mountain Rose Herbs. They carry high quality products and have good prices.