Herbal Salves


Making your own creams and salves is a great way to use and store herbs. We make our salves from our Herb Infused oils. See the link for our page on how to make them.

A salve is, strictly, Beeswax and Oil mixed together. I’ll cover lotions and creams a bit later. They are similar, but contain water in the mix in different ratios (lotion has 70% water, a cream about 45%). Here’s a link to an outside page with a pretty good description

Once you have your oil prepared, follow the simple steps lised below to make a salve.


 

Making a herbal salve

Step 1

Prepare your infused oil and a cold plate. Warm the oil in a pot or slow cooker.

Add Beeswax to your infused oil
Add Beeswax to your infused oil

 

Step 2

Add Beeswax slowly, giving it time to melt into the oil.

I like to use 10 – 20% Beeswax by volume. Thats about 1/10th to 1/15th of the amount of oil. The less Beeswax you use, the more fluid and oily the cream will be.



Step 3

When you have about 10% Beeswax melted and stirred into the oil, take a spoonfull out and place it onto a cold plate. When it has solidified, test it to see if it’s got the consistency you desire.

Test by putting some on a cold plate
Test by putting some on a cold plate. This one is too thick

 

Step 4

If its not how you like it, add Beeswax by the spoonful, testing with the cold plate at regular and frequent intervals until your desired consistency is reached.


 

Step 5

Pour the salve into the receiving jars and allow to cool and set overnight (or at least for a couple of hours).


 

 

 

 

 

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