Making your own all natural herbal salve is so easy! This salve is the perfect beginner herbal medicine recipe for a beginning herbalist. Use it on minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, bites, stings, rashes and dry skin. It has powerful healing benefits with all of the medicinal herbs it contains, and smells divine! Learn how to make an herbal salve using herbs and plants you can find in your own backyard or grow in your garden.
Homemade Herbal Salve Recipe
I’m so excited for this post as this is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long while! If I had known how easy this is I would have done it years ago.
I’m going to show you how to make an herbal salve with herbs that you can forage or are most likely growing in your garden.
The best part about it is that you can use any number of herbs, it doesn’t have to be the exact ones that I show you here, as there are many that have powerful healing properties.
Choosing and Drying Herbs for Herbal Salve
Alrighty, lets get into the details of this salve making!
The first step in the process is to make an herbal oil infusion, which sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. There are a few different ways to do this, but the first thing you need are herbs.
I foraged the herbs for this salve, but you can also purchase high quality, organic dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you are using freshly foraged or homegrown herbs you will need to dry them first.
Since I was making yogurt in my dehydrator already, I decided to do double duty and dry my herbs at the same time.
In general, it’s important to make sure that your herbs are completely dry before you make your oil infusion or else mold can form and it will go rancid.
There are a few herbs that are better infused fresh however, such as St. John’s wort.
Make the Herb Infused Oil
Now it’s time to make your infused herbal oil. There are a few of ways to do this, the first is to simply put your dried herbs in oil and let it sit in a cool place out of direct sunlight for several weeks.
I will often gently heat my oils as they’re infusing in my dehydrator a few times to help the process along.
You can use several different types of oil for your infusion, but olive oil is the most common. I also like to use coconut oil.
If you need your infused oil sooner, or if you want to use coconut oil which is usually solid at room temperature, you can gently heat the herbs in the oil over a double boiler or in a slow cooker on low heat.
I was short on time and wanted to use some coconut oil, so I decided to go with this method. Plus, I recently acquired a slow cooker that came with a second mini slow cooker, and I discovered that this is the perfect use for it!
Crush up your dried herbs a bit and put them in your vessel, then cover with oil. I used a combination of olive and coconut oil, a total of approximately 1 ½ cups. The more oil you make, the more salve you can make.
Heat for several hours, making sure that it doesn’t get too hot and cook the herbs. I did this in the evening and turned off the heat before bed, letting the herbs continue to steep overnight.
Make the Herbal Salve
The next morning I had a very fragrant herbal oil infusion! Strain it with a sieve and cheesecloth into a bowl that you will be able to use as a double boiler.
Use the cheesecloth and squeeze every last bit of oil into the bowl. Now that you have your herbal infusion, it’s time to gather the rest of the necessary ingredients.
Now everything comes together quite quickly. Put your bowl of herb infused oil onto a pot of boiling water, double boiler style. Cut your wax into chunks and add it to the warm oil.
Once the oil heats up the wax should melt fairly quickly. When it’s completely melted, take the bowl off the heat (it’s probably hot!) and add drops of the essential oils. I did 12 drops of lavender and 6 drops of lemon.
Then carefully pour the salve mixture into the tins or jars.
This batch that I made yielded two 4 ounce and two 2 ounce containers. I like to make various sizes so that I can stash them in different places such as my purse or the car.
Once the tins are full let them sit undisturbed for a few hours to solidify.
That’s all there is to it! It’s pretty amazing what we can make at home with just a few simple ingredients and a bit of time.
This herbal salve is good for minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, bites, stings, rashes and dry skin. I use it on my hands and feet all the time.
Not only does it have astounding healing powers with all of the medicinal herbs that it contains, but it smells absolutely divine!
You can also make this into a lip balm if you’d like, simply add more a bit more beeswax to help it hold up better on your lips.
Lip Balm Recipes
More Herbal Salve Recipes
- Dandelion Salve
- Yarrow Salve
- Plantain Salve
- Calendula Salve
- St. John’s wort Salve
- Bug Balm
- Comfrey Salve
- Manuka Honey Salve
- Diaper Rash Salve
- Pine Salve
Happy herbal salve making!
Herb Infused Oil
- 1 ½ cups carrier oil of choice olive, coconut, and/or sweet almond work well
- 1 cup dried herbs plantain, yarrow, comfrey, lavender, calendula, and/or lemon balm are all great options
Herb Infused Oil (slow method)
- Put the dried herbs in a pint jar and cover with carrier oil.
- Cover and place in a cool spot out of direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks.
- Strain the herbs and reserve the oil for making salves.
- Heat the infused herbal oil in a double boiler. You can use a metal bowl or glass pyrex measuring cup over a pot of water if need be.
- Add the beeswax and stir until it completely dissolves.
- Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.
- Carefully pour the mixture into jars or tins and set aside until the salve solidifies.
- Plantain leaves, comfrey leaves, yarrow leaves and flowers, lavender flowers, and lemon balm leaves would all make great choices for your herbal oil infusion.
- You can alternatively use the quick method for making infused oils by heating the oil and dried herbs in a pot on low heat for up to 12 hours, but the infused oil may not be as potent.
- I did 12 drops of lavender and 6 drops of lemon essential oils.
- Use the herbal salve on minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, bites, stings, rashes and dry skin.