Here's how to make it:
Here are the ingredients. I got the St. John's Wort and the Comfrey from Mountain House Herbs and the Calendula from Bulk Apothecary. The plantain, I got from my yard! How cool is that?
Now, I am sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the process at the beginning. I was so excited that it just slipped my mind. I will do better in the future... I hope.
Start out by putting 1 1/2 cups of olive oil in a double boiler, then add about a cup of the herbs. I went heavy on the calendula and plantain because I know about their healing properties and that is what I was really going for. Don't know too much about the other two plants, but it is on my list to research. I will be planting comfrey and calendula in my garden in the spring so I won't need to purchase that any more. Looking into if I can grow St. John's Wort in my area... Any way back to making salve. You let the oil and the herbs just warm on the stove - low medium heat - for 1 hour. Give it a stir every now and again. It is fun to watch and I think it smells like hay in the summer... Ahhhh!
After the hour, strain the oil through a cheese cloth lined colander. This is what it looks like. I pull the cheese cloth up into a pouch and squeeze all the oils out of it. You will need at least 1 cup of the infused oil. If you have extra (I did), just put it in a jar and you can use it just like the salve, only it is a liquid. I am going to use it for sore backs and muscles, chapped hands and lips, etc.
Just pour the wax and oil mixture into your containers. I use a spatula to get all the goodness out of the container. I also pour it into a measuring cup with a spout, its easier to pour that way. If it gets too solid to pour you can set it back in the double boiler and let it melt again. I have never had to do this though.
Once you have poured the oil into your containers, add your lavender essential oil. I put 4 drops in the 1 ounce tins, 8 ounces in the small jar, which is 2 ounces, 16 drops for the 4 ounce jar. You can more or less depending on your preference for lavender.
Clean up is my favorite part! I know weird right? I like it because I use my fingers and scrape or rub all the extra out of the double boiler (make sure it is cooled) and I rub it into my hands, my hubby's hand, the dog's paws, you get the picture. It smells so good and softens your skin so nicely!
I use this for bug bits, scrapes, cuts, chapped skin, anytime really. It is a lovely salve for so many purposes and very easy to make. I hope you will try it soon.
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