8 Step Herbal Salve

Below, you will find the directions for the easy to make herbal salve I use to replace antibiotic creams, hydro-cortisone creams, acne treatments, etc…  We have used this salve to successfully treat staph infections, impetigo, eczema, festering wounds, cuts, scrapes, burns, even burns from cancer radiation treatments.  I had a deep cut on my finger from a kitchen knife, it was cut to the bone, but very thin (sharp knife) not requiring stitches. It became VERY sore, so I placed salve and a bandage over it.  By the next morning the soreness was gone,  in 3 days the cut had closed up, by day 6 all that was left was a small scar.  In the future I intend to make other small batches with added ingredients, but for now, this recipe works WONDERFULLY.  Do NOT be afraid to change it, add or take away as you see fit.  That’s the fun of herbs, they are so easy to experiment with.

The Ingredients:
Comfrey Leaf (Main ingredient)
Burdock Root
Echinacea Tops & Leaves
Mullien Leaf
Chamomile Flowers
Garlic
Honey
Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Bees Wax
Emulsifying Wax (makes water and oil mix)
Absorbic Acid/ Vitamin C Powder(1 teaspoon or less as a preservative)

All the herbs are equal parts, except the comfrey.  I use about 4 parts comfrey to each part of the other herbs.  Garlic I use a couple of fresh cloves, honey a few Tablespoons, enough coconut and olive oil to cover the herbs (equal parts of each).  Beeswax is added at the end to make the salve solidify, the amount will vary depending on the consistency you want in your salve. Emulsifying Wax makes oil and water bond together, keeping your salve from separating.  I do not add any water but sometimes the herbs will contain water.  The emulsifying wax is not required, I just add a small amount just in case.  Absorbic Acid/Vitamin C is added as a preservative, too much will make your salve burn when applied to wounds.  If you do not have vitamin C powder on hand, you can empty vitamin C capsules or crush tablets, just make sure they have no other added ingredients. 

STEPS 1,2,3:
1.Add all herbs to pot, cover with oil(just an inch or so above the herbs, warm just a little.
2. Place the entire mix in the blender.  Puree, blend, mince, chop, all the settings, just grind the herbs as much as possible to extract as much as possible into the oil.  
3. Pour the mix back into the pot or crock pot. 

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Step 4:

Heat the herb mixture over very, very, low heat.  You do not want to scorch, burn, or over-heat the herbs.   Just get them warm and then let them stay warm for many hours.   I normally do not use Teflon coated cookware like shown here, however my other pot was making soup. Many folks place the herb mix in Mason Jars and then heat them slowly in the crock pot with water on the lowest setting, shaking the jars occasionally.  I usually just let them stay on the stove just a little above “low” all day. 

STEPS 5, 6, & 7
5. Strain the herb mixture.
6. Add the bees wax and emulsifying wax.
7. Test the consistency.

I do not have any pictures of the steps above, however, they are very simple.   I use a colander lined with cheese clothe to strain the herbs .  This is a slow process and you may need to thicken the cheese clothe and strain again depending on how finely ground the herbs were.   Once strained and you see that the oil is mostly clear, then move on to adding the wax.

Add the wax a little at a time, let it melt, stir the mix well, then drop a few drops out onto a plate.  The salve should harden at room temp, and stay ointment like when rubbed on the skin.  If it turns back to oil and runs off the skin then it is probably too thin and needs more wax.  If it stays stiff and does not melt at all on the skin (body temp) then it is probably too firm, add more  oil.  🙂

STEP 8:
You are finished, add the mix to shallow containers or tins.   You can purchase small tins for about .65 cents each at places like Bulk Herb Store.  Or you can use the tiny little plastic containers found at your local stores.   I have started using the latter, after having one batch of salve rust (probably from too much absorbic acid (vitamin C powder))  the inside of the tin after a few months.  

I store my salves in the fridge for safe keeping.   I keep one container at a time in my first aid box in the pantry and it seems to keep just fine, but with large batches it may take much longer to use, so I leave it in the fridge. 

We use this salve where others use antibiotic ointments, hydro-cortisone cream, etc.  The ingredients are healing, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and very soothing to the skin.  

  • Comfrey: is a MIRACULOUS wound healer.  Traditionally known as a contact healer, relieving pain and immediately helping to grow new flesh. The Latin name itself translates “knitting together.”
  • Garlic: is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. Garlic is called nature’s antibiotic. It contains allicin, a natural antibiotic. One milligram of allicin has a potency of 15 standard units of penicillin. It is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Active against staphylococcus and E. coli bacteria
  • Burdock Root: One of the best herbs for chronic skin problems. The tea makes a good wash for acne, burns, and sores. Traditionally used for eczema, hives,  skin cancers, viral skin infections, etc.
  • Mullien: is a  natural painkiller and helps to reduce swelling
  • Chamomile :reduces inflammation
  • Echinacea: is a contact healer. It can be used for a variety of inflammatory conditions externally
  • Honey: Packed full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, healing agents.  Honey is like Garlic, it has so much good you will have to conduct your own research. 
  • Olive Oil & Coconut Oil:are both extremely soothing and healing to the skin.  You can also add vitamin E oil, almond oil or any other carrier oil you like to your salve. 
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