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Herbal First-Aid Ointment

By December 18, 2020 No Comments

Make this herbal first-aid ointment and you’ll have a safe, effective and super simple remedy to use on bites, stings, bumps, bruises, burns, and clean scrapes and cuts. This salve can also be used on herpes outbreaks.

(Caution: don’t use oil- and beeswax-based preparations on already infected wounds.)

I recommend using fresh herbs that have been slightly wilted. In my climate, wilting them overnight works well. Ideally the plants lose about 50 percent of their water as they wilt. What you’ll need…

  • Large handful of fresh plantain leaves
  • Large handful of fresh yarrow leaves and flowers
  • Large handful of fresh self-heal leaves and flowers
  • 1 1/4 cup olive oil (or other oil of your choice)
  • 1 ounce beeswax (by weight)
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
  • Tins or containers

Leave them in a cool and dark place overnight to allow them to wilt and lose some of their water content. The next day finely chop the herbs.

For this recipe you’ll want a 1/3 cup of each plant.

Place the wilted and finely chopped plants in the top of a double boiler (or a bowl placed over a pot). Pour in the oil. Gently heat the oil via the double boiler.

You can use a thermometer to measure the exact temperature, ideally around 100° F. I just keep a close eye on it and turn off the heat once the oil is warm to the touch. Continue to heat the oil several times a day for 3 to 5 days.

You’ll know you’ve extracted the plants well when the oil has turned green and it has the aromatics of the plants.

Strain off the plant material and measure out 1 cup of oil. (If you have more than 1 cup, you can use the remaining amount as a nourishing body oil; if you have too little, add a bit more oil until you have 1 cup).

On low heat, very gently heat the beeswax in a small pan. Once it’s melted, add the oil and stir well. It’s normal for the beeswax to harden slightly in this stage. Stir until everything is melted and combined. Remove from heat.

Add the optional lavender essential oil. Stir well. Immediately pour into tins or containers. Let stand until thoroughly cooled and solidified. Store in a cool place and use within a year. For clean up, wipe down all oily surfaces with a paper towel before using hot soapy water to wash everything.

1. ACHES & PAIN HERBAL SALVE

Ingredients:

6-oz. apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca) oil

1-oz. beeswax (Cera alba)

10 drops peppermint (Mentha × piperita) essential oil

15 drops rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil

10 drops clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil

Add the essential oils to a glass beaker and mix well. Add the essential oil blend to the beeswax and apricot kernel oil as instructed above under How to Make the Basic Salve.

To Use: Apply to point of pain twice a day. This is a potent blend and should be used sparingly. Stop use immediately if adverse reactions occur.

Cautions: Avoid use around and with babies and children. Avoid use in pregnancy. Avoid use in epilepsy. Avoid use with high blood pressure. Possible skin sensitivity. 

2. HERBAL SALVE FOR BURNS

Ingredients:

6-oz. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) oil

1-oz. beeswax (Cera alba)

10 drops helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolia) essential oil

20 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

5 drops vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) essential oil

Add the essential oils to a glass beaker and mix well. Add the essential oil blend to the beeswax and St. John’s wort oil as instructed above under How to Make the Basic Salve.

To Use: Apply to the burn up to three times a day. Stop use immediately if adverse reactions occur.

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity.

3. BOO-BOO HERBAL SALVE FOR CHILDREN

6-oz. calendula (Calendula officinalis) oil

1-oz. beeswax (Cera alba)

5 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil

5 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

8 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

Add the essential oils to a glass beaker and mix well. Add the essential oil blend to the beeswax and calendula oil as instructed above under How to Make the Basic Salve.

To Use: Apply to any bumps or minor bruises that children tend to incur during daily activities. Stop use immediately if adverse reactions occur.

Cautions: Use with children aged 5 years and over. Possible skin sensitivity.

4. HERBAL SALVE FOR SKIN IRRITATIONS & BUG BITES

6-oz. carrot (Daucus carota) oil

1-oz. beeswax (Cera alba)

15 drops geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil

6 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil

15 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

Add the essential oils to a glass beaker and mix well. Add the essential oil blend to the beeswax and carrot oil as instructed above under How to Make the Basic Salve.

To Use: Apply to minor skin irritations and bug bites as they occur. Use up to three times a day. Stop use immediately if adverse reactions occur.

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity.

5. HERBAL SALVE FOR DIGESTIVE COMPLAINTS

4-oz. calendula (Calendula officinalis) oil

2-oz. carrot (Daucus carota) oil

15 drops sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

12 drops ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil

8 drops dill (Anethum graveolens) essential oil

Add the essential oils to a glass beaker and mix well. Add the essential oil blend to the beeswax, calendula oil, and carrot oil as instructed above under How to Make the Basic Salve.

To Use: Massage a small amount over the abdomen area in a clock-wise direction. Use up to three times a day. Stop use immediately if adverse reactions occur.

Cautions: Avoid use in pregnancy. Possible risk of phototoxicity. Possible skin sensitivity.

Massage Oil Blend using comfrey

Calming lavender essential oil

  • Magnesium oil – made from magnesium chloride and rainwater – receive transdermal magnesium therapy while massaging the emollient goodness of the oils into your skin – pure bliss!
  • Lavender Massage Oil – contains South Australian produced olive infused with my own garden grown calendula for its wonderful soothing properties for your skin.
  • With sweet almond oil – light in texture and high in vitamin E, plus with
  • Extra vitamin E added into the formula this oil is incredibly moisturising.
  • With lavender essential oil for its total calming and relaxing benefits – beautiful aromatherapy before heading off to bed for a good nights sleep!

Muscle Relief Massage Oil

  • Magnesium oil
  • Olive infused with comfrey. Comfrey is an excellent herb for helping with muscle and joint sprains and strains.
  • With sweet almond oil – light in texture and high in vitamin E,
  • Extra vitamin E added into the formula this oil is incredibly moisturising.
  • With essential oils of wintergreen, camphor, lemongrass, eucalyptus, ginger and ylang ylang – warming, relieving oils that are all good for helping with sore muscles and joints.

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