Have you ever made your own healing salves?
It's a quick easy process for the most part and can be fun too!
I took a day earlier this month and made several natural healing salves and some lip balm.
Our climate in Arizona is very dry and my lips have needed some extra TLC is part of the reason for trying some of the new salve recipes. Pictured above is almost everything I made cooling.
Here are most of the salves packaged and labeled. I really like using the avery.com website for designing and printing lables - fun, quick and easy!
What do you say we gather some supplies and make a simple Comfrey Salve?
Comfrey is high in calcium and vitamin C. It is a contact healer, relieving pain and immediately helping to grow new flesh and bone. The Latin name itself translates "knitting together."
Excerpts from The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook
One of the main therapeutic substances in comfrey is allantoin, an anti-inflammatory that perks up the immune system, speeds wound healing, and encourages new skin and cell growth. It's a time-honored treatment for healing sores, bruises, and even broken bones. The tannins in comfrey are astringent, and the rosmarinic acid might contribute some anti-inflammatory assistance. Some extracts have shown the potential to decrease tumor growth and extend the lives of lab mice with cancer.
(info from Bulk Herb Store)
2 cups good quality Olive Oil
1 oz. dried Comfrey Leaves
1 oz. dried Lavender Flowers
1 oz. dried Calendula Flowers
1/2 cup Beeswax
There are two ways to infuse your Olive Oil with the herbs. The first being add all three herbs to a mason jar and pour the Olive Oil over them, put the top on and store in a sunny window for four to six weeks. After the time as elapsed pour herbs and oil through a strainer and it's ready to use.
Gently warm your Olive Oil and herbs in a double boiler on the stove top for about 30 minutes.
Pour oil and herbs through a strainer, discard herbs and reserve oil. Pour your infused oil back into the double boiler and add the Beeswax, heat until mixture is melted together, stir and pour into your containers. Tins, Mason Jars and twist up or push up tubes work well. I like the twist up or push up tubes for easy use and application later.
Did you know your homemade salves have a shelf life of up to five years if stored in a cool dark place?
I hope you enjoyed reading about making Comfrey Salve today and have the opportunity to try out the recipe. If you'd rather not make it and would like to buy one I've made you can contact me via e mail, my address is under the contact info tab above.
Need supplies to make your homemade salves?
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