A few weeks ago, I was in the house, minding my own business, when I felt our house shake. Now, we have a brick house, so a shaking house is no small feat. A moment later, Benjamin’s friend came in the house saying that Benjamin was hurt.
Apparently, the two of them were racing bikes and Benjamin was winning. He turned around just for a moment – to gloat, I’m sure – and when he turned back around, the house was right there. His bike hit the house and then his entire chest hit the house. I’m guessing he slid down the brick because his chest was full of “road rash” or in this case, “brick house rash”.
So, I did what any mom would do, I smeared it with raw honey, wrapped him in cheese cloth and told him to stay away from the bee yard.
I wasn’t sure how long an 11 year old boy would walk around smelling like honey so I went to work making a salve that we could rub on the rash but wouldn’t be so sticky that it needed to be covered with cheese cloth.
I started by melting about 1 oz (weight) of beeswax in a pan of water. I’m using a pint size wide mouth canning jar to make the salve. When the beeswax was melted I turned off the heat. You don’t want to heat beeswax too much or it will destroy the enzymes.
Then I added in 1/2 cup of coconut oil and stirred with my handy dandy chopstick.
I finished it off by adding about 20 drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of plantain extract. Then I poured it into a 1/2 pint wide mouth jar.
I chose these herbal extracts because I had them in my cabinet and because they both have great antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Tea Tree oil is also used as an antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance. And plantain has anti-inflammatory and antitoxic properties. It also relieves and soothes insect bites and stings and poison ivy.
By switching out the essential oils you can make a salve for almost anything. Five Little Homesteaders has a recipe for a lavender relaxation salve. Frugally Sustainable has a decongestant salve, like Vicks only better.
Mountain Rose Blog has a great post on what properties different herbs have.
A note about texture. My salve is pretty firm, I did that on purpose. For this, I didn’t want a salve that would need a lot of rubbing in, also several of my teens are using this on their faces as a moisturizer to help with some acne issues they are having.
If you want your salve to be more lotion like, just use less beeswax. Or use more oil. You can even use some olive oil instead of all coconut oil.
Have you ever made a salve? What are your favorite herbal combinations?
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