Basic Homemade Herbal Salve Recipe
Begin by heating the oil just to boiling (in a stainless steel or glass pan). Add the herbs of your choice and simmer, covered, for about 3 hours. Instead of heating it up on the stove, you can prepare this mixture in the oven if you like. Just keep the temperature low and the container covered. If part of your herbal recipe includes barks or roots, place these in the oil first and simmer them for the first 1 1/2 hours before adding additional flowers or leaves. If using fresh herbs, always leave the lid off the container for the first 30 minutes in order to allow the water to evaporate from the herbs.
After the mixture is ready, strain and add the beeswax. (You will need about 1 1/2 ounces of beeswax for each 2 cups of oil that you use.) Next, add 1/2 teaspoon of the tincture of benzoin for each 2 cups of oil used. Mix well. To test for consistency, put a small amount of the salve in a tablespoon and place in the refrigerator. If the salve is not thick enough, add a little more beeswax. When the desired consistency is reached, pour into labeled jars.
The salve will keep for years. I place mine in small jars so that I have plenty to give family members and friends. These salves can also be used on your pets and animals.
Carefully consider each of the herbs found in the recipes and the reasons behind their selection. Then you will know whether you would want to use that particular herb in that particular recipe.
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