One year for my birthday my mom gave me a locally made salve/body balm. As soon as I opened it, I fell in love with the smell. Then I put it on. It soaked into my skin like no other lotion ever has. I started using it on cuts and scrapes, my son’s eczema and even sunburns. I quickly deemed it THE MIRACLE SALVE.
I’ve been using it every day for over a year. My skin is smoother and more hydrated. Any skin problem can be solved with this stuff. Then, one day she went out of business. After trying a few other salves that did not live up to this one, I decided to learn how to make it.
I looked on the back of the tin for the ingredients and started googling ‘how to make a salve.’ It’s actually quite simple. All you need is a type of oil and either shea butter, beeswax or both. They’re melted together and turn into a spreadable balm or salve.
The key to the salve I loved so much is the long list of herbs. The herbs are infused into olive oil (either by the sun or over low heat). The list looks daunting, but I found them all on Mountain Rose Herbs and Etsy. Buy just one ounce each and it will last a very long time.
I purchased the other oils listed on Amazon as well as the shea butter and beeswax. After making this a few times, I think I’ve finally nailed the ‘recipe’ and I’m so excited to share it with you!
Herbal Salve/Balm for Extreme Moisturizing
Herb Infused Olive Oil
Take a quart jar and add 1 Tablespoon each of these dried herbs
- St. John’s Wart
- Comfrey Leaf
- Burdock Root
- Black Walnut Hulls (Powder)
- Dandelion Nettle
Add olive oil to the top of the jar and let it sit in the sun for 2-3 weeks (stirring every other day). If you’re in a hurry, you can do it in a double boiler for an hour. After the olive oil is infused, strain out the herbs with a piece of cheesecloth.
How to make the salve/balm
- Mix 4 ounces of the infused olive oil with 1 ounce almond oil, 1 ounce hazelnut oil, 1 ounce jojoba oil and 1 ounce grape seed oil in a double boiler.
- Add 1.5 ounces of beeswax and 1 ounce of shea butter over low heat.
- Stir until completely melted.
- To test consistency, dip a spoon in the mixture and place in the freezer for 2 minutes. That will be the finished consistency of the balm.
- Once you’ve reached your preferred consistency, add 10 drops each of peppermint, lavender, eucalytpus, patchouli and sandalwood.
- Pour into a container and it will harden as it cools.