Homemade Healing Salve
When my son was little, neosporin was called "Super Mom Medicine". He thought it was some super secret formula that I made up just for him to heal his ouchies. Oh...for those innocent days! How I wish I had known about all natural recipes back then...
Now, I am into making my own with completely natural ingredients. I've found this wonderful recipe and I'm loving it! Most commercial medications have their roots (pun intended) in natural applications, so I feel competely comfortable using this for minor cuts and scrapes. It also works amazing on dry skin! Ok...now on to the recipe:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (proven to help heal burns - plus it’s anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, & a great moisturize)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (full of vitamins & a great moisturizer)
- 1/4 cup dried comfrey (a herb for healing woulds)
- 1/4 cup dried calendula (a herb for healing woulds & skin irritations)
- 2oz beeswax (equals out to 2 of the 1oz bars or 4 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons of honey (natural moisturizer with anti-microbial properties)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, & analgesic) (optional)
In a medium saucepan – combine the coconut oil, olive oil, comfrey, & calendula. Cook on low to medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring often.
Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.
Toss the herbs & wipe out any remaining herbs from your saucepan. Add the strained oil back to your pot, turn the heat to low. Stir in the honey at this point until mixed thoroughly. Some people don’t realize the benefits honey has to your skin, but it’s a natural moisturizer with anti-microbial properties.
Next is to add the beeswax. If you’re using bars, cut into slices before adding as I did. Stir until completely melted.
Stir in the essential oil, if using, at this point. Once combined, remove from the heat.
You’ll want to work quickly now as the salve starts to set up rather fast. Pour into the glass or tin container(s) of your choice. I like to use wide mouth 8oz mason jars.
Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure that everything settles properly, especially the honey.
Once it sets up, you’re all done. Each batch makes a little over a cup.
Seal it up & keep it on hand for your ouchies, diaper rash, & dry skin. It keeps for a year.
Peace & Love,