How To Make A Multi-Purpose Salve To Encourage Skin Healing
I've been making this herbal healing balm for years! I love creating things in the kitchen, when I have the time to do so.
I bring this balm to local markets, I gift it and keep my family stocked up with it's healing powers. This is one DIY product that everyone should have on hand!
A little goes a long way with this balm, and you will be pleasantly surprised with how soothing and healing this blend is. I'm not one for pharmaceutical products, unless absolutely necessary - so for the odd burn, rash, bug bite, cut or just simply dry chapped skin - I love having this natural solution in reach!
This blend of raw honey, beeswax, and cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil infused with comfrey, marshmallow root, plantain and wormwood provides anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory properties all to encourage skin healing.
Before I jump right into the DIY recipe, i'm going to share the benefits and actions of each ingredient so you can see what makes this blend a powerhouse for healing.
Herbal Healing Balm Ingredients
- A well-known antibacterial agent.
- Highly nourishing both internally and externally!
- When applied topically, raw honey provides benefits for skin regeneration and reduces the risk of scarring and infection.
- Filled with fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K
- Soothes the skin and promotes timely healing
- Encourages the reproduction of cells
- Benefits inflammation, sprains, bruises, swelling, burns and sores
- Soothes and softens the skin.
- Excellent for burn and wound healing
- Natural source of zinc and vitamin A
- Phenomenal for bug bites, rashes and cuts.
- Natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties support a speedy recovery from wounds, and provide a relief from itching or pain associated with bites or skin issues
- Anti-bacterial properties and reduces the pain and soreness
DIY Herbal Healing Balm
What you need:
1 1/4 organic cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 ounce of dried comfrey leaf, marshmallow root, plantain leaf and wormwood
4 ounces raw honey
1-2 ounces natural beeswax (pellets/pearls are easiest to work with)
125 ml glass mason jars
What to do:
-Weigh out the dried herbs using a kitchen scale.
-Prepare an oil infusion, in one of two ways:
In a glass mason jar, cover the weighed herbs with the 1 ¼ cup of olive oil. Stir to combine using a wooden spoon, and allow oil and herb mixture to steep for 4-6 weeks in a cool dark place. (This is my favourite method).
Hot Oil Extraction:
Create a double boiler by filling a pot halfway with water, and placing a glass bowl that fits snugly, on top. Place the herbs and the 1 1/4 cups olive oil oil in a glass bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. Over medium-low heat, bring your oil to a gentle simmer, checking frequently to ensure the oil is not overheating or burning the herbs. Extract for 30-60 minutes then remove from the heat.
-After preforming either a cold infusion or hot oil extraction, strain your infused oil/herb blend through some cheesecloth. Squeeze to extract as much oil as possible into a clean bowl, and be sure to collect at least 1 cup of herb infused oil. Discard the cheesecloth and used herbs & set the infused oil aside.
-Clean out the bowl that you used as a double boiler and set it up again on your pot, refilling the pot with water if necessary. Over medium heat, add in your 1-2 ounces of beeswax and allow to melt (how much beeswax you add with determine the thickness of your herbal healing balm) I normally go with 1.5 ounces.
-Remove the melted beeswax from the double boiler. As it begins to slightly harden around the sides, add in your infused oil and begin to mix with a hand held electric mixer until creamy and smooth. (I often use an old tea towel to cover the bowl to prevent any splashing. This takes some time and it may appear as if it is not working at first, but continue to whip until creamy and smooth.
-Once the balm is creamy, smooth and slightly cooled, add in the raw honey and blend well again to combine.
-Pour your finished herbal healing balm into 125 ml sized glass mason jars, or your preferred storage containers.
-Screw on the lid and allow to solidify for 24 hours, store in a cool dark place.
HOW TO USE:
-Apply a small amount directly to a clean burn, blister, bite, or wound and bandage if necessary, or as you normally would.
-I recommend purchasing designated beeswax equipment to save you the hassle of trying to 'clean up' beeswax. For this recipe you will need a glass bowl and a spatula. If you have extra beaters for your hand mixer, that would be a bonus! I picked up a cheap hand mixer for my beeswax projects.
-You can purchase these ingredients in a health food store that offers dried bulk herbs, or you can order online!
-I frequently use Mountain Rose Herbal and also Amazon to save a trip to the store, and a few dollars.
-See my links above for online sources!