Herbal salves can be very effective for the alleviation of arthritis, bruises, rashes, cuts, swelling, infection, inflammation, insect bites, depending on the ingredients you choose. They can also be used for dry skin, wounds, psoriasis, and all other forms of skin diseases.
This particular herbal salve is suitable for treating:
- bruises and scrapes
- first-degree burns
- bug bites
- nerve pain
That is because it contains St. John’s Wort oil that is great in the alleviation of those skin conditions.
Salves are usually in a semi-solid state, and faster absorbed than oils. So you get all the benefits of the oil but you don’t have to be greasy and oily – hurray to that!
This herbal salve contains beeswax, which further protects, softens, nourishes and heals the skin.
I use this DIY herbal salve mostly to reduce itching from mosquito bites (it stops itching almost immediately) and to recover dry and cracked skin.
I don’t usually use it on my lips (even though it can be used on the lips too) because I don’t like the smell of St. John’s Wort so I make my lip balms with other oils that have a more pleasant scent. For lips, you can try some of these Lip Balm Recipes.
The following is a recipe for a small herbal salve that you can put in a 1/2 ounce container. If you want more, then multiply these amounts with 8 and you’ll get approximately 4 ounces of herbal salve.
You can use any macerated oil you want, especially if you have a skin condition that you want to treat. In that case use oil suitable for it. You can also use the oil suitable for your skin type (check what oils would that be here). Or if not, you can use St. John’s Wort oil like I did in this recipe or any other oil that you currently have in your home.
- 5 tablespoon macerated oil of your choice (I used St. John’s Wort oil)
- 2 teaspoons beeswax
- 3 drops vitamin E oil (optional)
- 5 drops essential oil of your choice (peppermint, lavender, chamomile, tea tree …)
- Place macerated oil and beeswax in a double boiler and gently heat until the wax melts.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils and Vitamin E (optional).
- Pour in small container and let it cool completely.
Shelf life: If you store it properly in a cold place, salve can last for a year. (Or as much as the ingredient with the shortest expiration date.)
Note: You can change the structure of salve in its sole discretion. If you want stiffer, put more beeswax, if you want more liquid, put less. The structure can be tested if you put a spoonful of salve in the refrigerator.