This powerful herbal healing salve is packed full of herbs and yet super simple to make. Not only will it prevent and fight infection but it greatly speeds recovery time of acne, rashes, burns, cuts, scrapes, and sores. This is the only diaper rash cream I ever use and the number 1 item I keep in my First Aid Kit, along with band-aids.
Recently one of my friends called my mom to ask what her herbal healing salve recipe is. “It’s so amazing! I burned myself and put some of your salve on it and the next day I couldn’t even tell! I have to have your recipe!” she exclaimed.
What makes this herbal salve so… healing?
For centuries, herbs and oils have been used for healing. The specific herbs that make up this powerful herbal healing salve include Calendula, Plantain, Yarrow, and Comfrey Leaf or Root. Steeped in Olive Oil at a low heat to draw out the nutrients and healing properties, and set up to form a salve with Beeswax. This all natural homemade healing salve really works!
Calendula has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and is very beneficial for many skin issues. It helps to speed up healing of wounds, cuts, and sores as well as soothing skin irritation, psoriasis, eczema, and diaper rash. (source)
Plantain leaf (not the food) is great for wound care with its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent qualities. When applied directly to the irritated skin it can speed healing, stop bleeding and itching and relieve pain in minor cuts and scrapes or other skin irritations. Plantain can be useful in treating snake or insect bites and stinging nettle rash. Plantain is great for treating burns! Studies show that the plantain leaves can help to disinfect injuries and reduce inflammation and healing time. I have experienced the powerful healing of plantain for burns first hand with a bad burn my son got last summer. I used this healing salve and fresh plantain leaves to dress the burn wound (about the size of a quarter) and it healed quickly and cleanly.
Yarrow has been used throughout history to treat wounds. It is known to help stop bleeding and in powdered form when sprinkled on the wound can even dull pain. It’s antiseptic quality makes yarrow a key component of this healing salve. (source)
Comfrey leaves possess anti-inflammatory properties. Despite some more recent controversy over the herb, I would strongly recommend the addition of Comfrey to this salve. Because it is high in nutrients and simulates healing. It is said to help with speeding healing of cuts and wounds and even of broken bones. If you are concerned about the safety of Comfrey or want more information, read this well written article on the topic.
Not only is olive oil extremely moisturizing and high in healthy fats, it also has regenerative and antioxidant properties. Consequently, it is great for healing dry skin and other minor skin issues while improving your skins elasticity. The oil also works as a carrier for the herbal healing power extracted from the plants during the steeping process.
In this recipe, beeswax is used as a natural thickening agent. You can leave the salve in it’s oil form and use it as a healing oil instead if you prefer. I personally like the thicker salve.
Where to find herbs to make the salve
When making this herbal salve, my mom uses herbs that she has either grown in her garden, or foraged from her yard and woods. While growing or foraging your own is not always possible, you should be able to easily locate these ingredients at your local health food store or through the links provided below. Comfrey Root to start your own herbal garden
How to Make Your Own Herbal Healing Salve
- 1/4 c Calendula Flowers Dried
- 1/4 c Plantain Leaf Dried
- 1/4 c Comfrey Leaf Dried
- 1/4 c Yarrow Dried
- 16 oz Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Beeswax
makes 16 oz.
Pour the olive oil over your herbs in a pan and let it steep for 30-60 minutes. You can do this several different ways;
- Bake in oven at 200*F
- Use a crock pot on low
- Use a double boiler to warm the oil
The goal is for the nutrients of the herbs to soak into the oil so that when you strain it you have a highly potent, infused oil.
With a rubber band, secure a coffee filter like a funnel onto a quart-sized glass jar. Alternatively, you could use a very fine mesh stainless steel tea strainer with a handle. Pour the hot oil carefully through the filter to catch the herbs. Add the beeswax to the strained oil and stir until melted. Finally, pour into smaller jars, cover and store in a cool dark place.Use topically as needed.
*Notes: We use baby food jars and jelly jars but any 4-8 oz glass jar will work well. Storing this salve in the refrigerator helps it to stay fresh for a long time.
Other optional ingredients
Lavender – Not only is lavender a powerful healing herb for burns, it can improve blood circulation, relieves muscle and joint pain, reduces irritation from bug bites and helps combat skin breakouts.
Burdock Root – Burdock aids in detoxification and can help with skin inflammation and irritation such as acne.
Chamomile – High in antioxidants and containing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, chamomile has many benefits for skin, including fighting breakouts and helping to heal acne, eliminating acne scars and fading skin spots.
How to use this powerful herbal healing salve
Due to the anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and other great qualities of the herbs in this recipe, this salve provides quick relief, prevents infection and speeds healing of
- Skin rashes and irritations such as eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash,* heat rash and poison ivy.
- First degree burns.
- Bed and cold sores.
- Minor wounds, cuts and scrapes.
- Mosquito, tick, spider and animal bites.
- Sore Muscles
- Sore nipples when nursing**
While certainly not an exhaustive list of uses for this salve, this is a good starting place. I’m sure you will find many uses beyond these. Like recently when I pulled a muscle for my back, knowing that the salve had anti-inflammatory qualities, I rubbed some on the strained area before bed. Overnight, I felt an incredible difference.
*While the ingredients in this powerful herbal healing salve are thought to be safe for use on babies and pregnant and nursing moms as well as pets, use your discretion with application. Rarely, people can suffer from allergies from ingredients in this salve. That being said, the allergies are generally very rare and we have used it frequently with great success in many different situations. Previous to use, test a small amount somewhere less sensitive and if further irritation occurs, discontinue use.
**This salve is safe and non-toxic but I do not suggest that you ingest it in large quantities. You can use it on the face and around the mouth and if you use it on sore nipples, it will not be harmful to your breastfeeding infant. However, it may not be a taste that babies like, so I would recommend wiping your nipple off before feeding and drying and reapplying when finished.
Have you made homemade salve? What are your favorite healing ingredients?
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