Salves are amazing healing ointments that can do wonders for your skin (some are even great on your sore muscles!) when formulated properly. The first known use of the word ‘salve’ actually dates back before the 12th century. Salves were an important apothecary staple throughout the centuries but have unfortunately been overshadowed by conventional products ridden with chemicals and not so natural ingredients. We thought we’d show you an easy and beautiful salve to make in your kitchen. We call like to call this one the Floral Beauty Salve.
- This recipe can be made using fresh or dried herbs, and the amounts used depend on how strong or gentle you prefer the end result.
- It is essential to use a double boiler when making salves as it prevents your oils and herbs from burning. Just make sure to keep an eye on the water level, as it will evaporate quickly.
- If you cannot find the herbs at your local grocery store, be sure to check out your local tea store.
- 1 part lavender
- 1 part hibiscus (if you're unable to find this ingredient add in more rose petals and/or lavender)
- ½ part rose petals
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup beeswax
- 1 cup jojoba oil
- In a double boiler, heat 1 cup of jojoba oil, ¼ cup of beeswax and ¼ cup shea butter, and melt them together stirring occasionally.
- Slowly stir in the lavender, hibiscus, and rose petals (a fair amount of the herbs are recommended). Let it macerate (soften by soaking in liquid) over low heat for a couple of hours.
- Remove from the heat. Place a cheesecloth or muslin cloth over a clean container and pour the mixture into it.
- Use a large spoon or spatula to gently press on herbs to expel as much liquid as possible.
- Squeeze the sides of the cheesecloth together, then wring out any remaining oils.
- Pour into a clean container. Make sure it’s sealable! We love using tiny mason jars for this.
- Let stand until the ointment is cool and has solidified before use.
- Don’t forget to label your jar with the name of the salve and the date.
- Store your salve blend in a cool place. We like to keep ours in the fridge for maximum shelf life.
- Apply daily to face or to areas of concern, such as lips, under the eyes, or the neck. Can also be used as a cuticle treatment or on elbows and heels.
It’s as easy as that! Once you get the hang of making your first salve you can always experiment with different therapeutic herbs while using the same base as the one listed above.
Oh and one last thing.. don’t forget to make it with a little TLC. It will come out that much better! I promise. It is one rule I live by when making my own lotions and potions at home.
Until next time,