This salve has been beneficial to use for rashes, soothing and healing cuts, scrapes, burns, and other skin irritations for children.
- 1 part calendula flower
- 1 part comfrey leaf
- 1 part St. John’s wort flower
- Olive oil
- Grated beeswax
- 1–2 drops essential oil (optional; lavender, tea tree, or chamomile would be a good choice)
- Heat safe bowl (a silver/metal bowl, or heat safe glass is recommended)
(We’ll be using the double boiler method so that you don’t burn your herbs or oil)
- Chop the herbs and put them in the heat safe bowl. Doing the double boiler method is strongly recommended over a regular pan because the oil can overheat quickly, destroying the herbs and oil.
- Add water to your sauce pan and bring to a boil. Place the silver bowl with the herbs on top of the sauce pan while the water is boiling.
- Cover the herbs with an inch or two of high-quality cooking oil (I prefer olive oil).
- Slowly heat the oil to a low simmer, with just a few bubbles. Keeping the heat low, gently simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, checking frequently to be sure the oil is not overheating. When the oil looks and smells “herby” — it will become deep green or golden and smell strongly of herbs — then you know the herbal properties have been transferred to the oil. The lower the heat, the longer the infusion, and the better the oil.
- Remove the oil from the heat and let cool.
- Strain the herbs from the oil, using a large stainless-steel strainer lined with cheesecloth. Discard the spent herbs.
- For each cup of herbal oil, add 1⁄4 cup beeswax. Heat the oil and beeswax together over very low heat until the beeswax has melted. Stir together (You can do this using the same double boiler method)
- Thanks to the beeswax, the mixture will thicken as it cools. To check that it’s going to have the right consistency, do a quick test: Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for just a minute or two. Then test it. If it seems too soft, add more beeswax, reheating as necessary until the beeswax melts. If it seems too hard, add more oil.
- Once you’re satisfied with the results of your consistency test, remove from the heat and pour into small glass jars or tins. Obviously, you’re working with very hot oil, so be careful.
- Let cool, and store in a cool, dark place. Stored properly, salves will keep for several months.
- Apply as needed.
This salve is great for children but you also can use it yourself!
If you decide to make this, be sure to upload pictures so that we can see the end result!