herbal salves

Recreational Witchcraft: Simple Salve Recipe

Beeswax salves are a great recipe to have in your repertoire because depending on the herbs included they can be used for many purposes. Healing balms can be made for cuts, scrapes, bites, and for topically treating pain like menstrual cramps or sore muscles. Moisturizing salves can be used on the lips, cuticles or to combat any dry winter skin.  As for magical applications, the list is a long one. Protection salves, flying ointments, and glamour salves are just some of the more common ways beeswax salves have been used as a simple method of transferring the power and magic of specific herbs to the body. The possibilities are quite endless. 

You will need:

  • A mason jar
  • 1 cup of Olive oil
  • 1 ounce of Beeswax 
  • Assorted herbs
  1. Choose your herbs. Remember to choose your herbs with care. Herbs have specific medicinal and magical properties and some can cause allergic reactions. Use your better judgment.
  2. Combine your chosen herbs and one cup of olive oil into a mason jar. Your herbs will steep in this mixture for one month so their properties can be better absorbed into the oil. 
  3. After your herbs have steeped for a month, Melt down your beeswax into a liquid form, taking care not to burn it. You can do this on the stove but know that wax can be a hassle to clean from pots and pans (For this reason we have a specific pot for melting wax).
  4. Combine your infused olive oil and melted beeswax. You may strain out the herbs from the mixture to get a cleaner look like the salve above but the step is optional. Stir the wax and oil to together well, and pour the liquid into a tin or other other container. Let the salve cool and harden. Your salve is ready to use!
Apothecary Lesson #1: Herbal Salve

     Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Hello everybody, my name is Davide, and today, I’m going to teach you guys how to make a salve. Basically, a salve is an oil and wax mixture that people can use for a bunch of different reasons, ranging from dry skin to muscle rubs. They’re easy to make, if you’re patient, and their variability makes for endless possibilities. Just as a warning though, this will take a goddamn long time to make, and for you to read, so I suggest getting some tea and snackilackage before starting to read. Got it? Good, ¡vamos!


Part One: The Oil

     A key component of your salve is the oil, or more specifically, the herbs in said oil. There’s a plethora of different oils you could in your salve, but for this recipe, we’re using olive oil because it’s fairly hardy and difficult to burn. When it comes to what you should or could put in your oil, there’s waaaaaay too many things for me to mention, so I’ll give a basic rundown: 

  • Mint, Anise, Cinnamon, and Comfrey are good for muscle rubs
  • Calendula, Chamomile, Aloe, and Tea Tree Oil are good for skin
  • Ginger and Turmeric are good as arthritis pain relievers
  • Echinacea, Eucalyptus, and Hibiscus are antibacterial and are good for minor scrapes, cuts and bruises

Now that you’ve got an idea of some herbs to use, let’s get to how to make your oil 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Olive oil
  • 3-4 oz. dried and/or ground herbs

Utensils:

  • Double-boiler set up (can be a double-boiler, or a glass container in a saucepan filled with about 1″ of water) 
  • dark-tinted jar w/ label for holding your finished oil

Instructions:

  1. Into your double-boiler (the part without the water…duh), pour in your olive oil and herbs. 
  2. Set your stove/heating receptacle to low heat, placing double-boiler on heat. 
  3. Infuse oils for 1-2 hours (one hour for minimum infusion amount, two hours for maximum infusion amount before oil goes rancid) 
  4. Once oil is done, pour into your dark-tinted jar, and label accordingly
  5. Voila! You have yourself some bonafide herbal oil for the next part of your salve!

Part Two: The Salve

     Alright, now we’re getting to the good stuff–the salve. For this, you’re going to need 2 ingredients (three ingredients is optional, four is overkill): beeswax and your herbal oil. Without further ado, let’s get this over with! :D 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Beeswax
  • 8 oz. Herbal Oil 
  • *Optional*: ¼ tsp. essential oil
  • *Optional*: the tears and/or blood of your enemies

Utensils:

  • Double-boiler system
  • Containers to hold your salve (the total amount of salve being made is approximately 9 oz., so for the containers, try to prioritize. Like, if you want three different jars of salves, use three 3 oz. jars. Math n’ shit)

Instructions:

  1. Set your stove to medium-low heat
  2. Into your double-boiler, melt your wax
  3. Once the wax has melted–it’s imperative that your wax has to be completely melted before adding the oil–add your herbal oil. 
  4. Stir fully (it’s not weird to see the wax immediately harden once you add the herbal oil, so wait until it fully re-melts)
  5. Once salve is all liquid, pour into your container(s). Do not cover your containers before they harden.
  6. Once salve has cooled at room temperature, it’s ready to use! Store in a cool, dry place. Apply to problem areas, or just lather it all over your body and have really weird sex (You do you boo boo)

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DIY witch’s herbal remedy medicine cabinet must haves

Whether you’re a witch thats into their herbs or a person who prefers CHEAP and natural remedies, this DIY is for you

Here’s what this post will teach you to make:
Echinacea tincture
Plantain – Apple Cider Vinegar Tincture for acne
Healing salve
Chest rub
Arnica salve
Digestive Tea
Throat lozenges
Air purifying spray

OK LETS GET STARTED

1.Echinacea tincture

You will need:

-Dried Echinacea
-Glycerin 
-large canning jar

Method:

Pour glycerin over echinacea  until it almost reaches the top of the jar. Place lids on these jars and leave for 3 weeks, shaking jar occasionally. After three weeks have past, strain out the herbs. You now have tinctures!

2. PLANTAIN-ACV ACNE TREATMENT

You will need:

Dried Plantain
Apple cider vinegar

Method:

Pour apple cider vinegar over plantain. Close with lid and leave for 4-6 weeks. Strain out the herbs. Use to this tincture on acne on the face or back of arms. If too strong, dilute with a little distilled water.

3. HEALING SALVE

What you will need:

½ cup Olive oil
1/3 cup dried plantain
½ ounce beeswax
a container that can hold ½ cup of salve (or multiple containers)

Method:

-Turn on the oven to 300 degrees. While it warms up, place the jar with plantain/oil into a loaf pan or casserole dish. Add water to the bottom of the pan so it comes up the sides of the jars (about an inch or so).

-Once oven is preheated, place this dish with the jars and water in it, into the oven. Turn OFF the oven. Leave for 3 hours.

-After the three hours for the oil is up, take pan out of the oven and let cool briefly. Strain out the arnica and plantain. In double boiler, place the plantain infused oil. Add ½ ounce of beeswax. Warm over low heat until the beeswax melts. Once the beeswax is completely melted, turn off heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then pour into clean a clean jar (or jars).

-Allow to cool completely before adding the lid.
Salve will keep for up to a year.

4. CHEST RUB

You will need:

½ cup olive oil
¼ ounce dried plantain leaves or dried mullein (optional)
¼ ounce beeswax
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
4 ounce jar (needs to hold ½ cup)

Method:

-On the stove top place a small pan with a heavy bottom. Add 1/3 cup of plantain and ½ cup oil. Warm over the lowest heat possible. Only needs to warm for about 20 minutes. So set a timer and keep on eye on this!  

-Pour the cooled plantain/oil mixture through a cheesecloth and strain out the herbs.

-Place this infused oil back into the pan along with the ¼ ounce of beeswax. Melt over very low heat. Cool slightly and add the essential oils and vitamin E. Stir to distribute evenly.Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool.

-Once completely cool, add the lid and label. This homemade chest rub can be kept for one year at room temperature

5. ARNICA SALVE (soothes bruises, aches, and pains)

What you need:

dried Arnica, .1 ounces
4 ½  ounces grapeseed or olive oil
½ ounce beeswax
canning jar
optional: peppermint essential oil

Method:

Pour oil over arnica flowers in a jar.
Turn on the oven to 300 degrees. While it warms up, place the jars with arnica flowers/oil into a loaf pan or casserole dish. Add water to the bottom of the pan so it comes up the sides of the jars (about an inch or so).

Once oven is preheated, place this dish with the jars and water in it, into the oven. Turn OFF the oven. Leave for 3 hours.

Place arnica infused oil in top of double boiler, add ½ ounce beeswax (this will make a slave consistency. If you want this to be more like a balm, add extra beeswax – this will make it thicker and firmer).
Warm over medium heat until beeswax is melted.
Remove from heat, add 10 drops peppermint essential oil, if desired.
Pour into jar and allow to cool completely before closing with lid.
Note: Arnica salve should be not be used on skin that is broken, or on open wounds. It is intended for use on bruises, bumps, sprains, and aches.

6. Digestive Tea

What you need:

3 ounces dried spearmint leaves
10.5 grams dried licorice root (not ground, but in small chunks)
jar to store tea

Method:

Add  digestive tea ingredients (licorice root and spearmint) to a jar. Label and store. (May wish to add to label that 1 tablespoon per cup should be used when brewing the tea.)

7. Throat Lozenges

What you need:

¼-½ cup honey
1 T ground licorice root
¼ cup slippery elm

Method:

Place slippery elm into a bowl and add a few tablespoons of the honey. Stir to combine and add more honey until the consistency resembles playdoh.
(During this time, the plantain/oil mixture on the stove top should be ready to turn off. Remove from heat and allow to cool).
Use approximately 1/8 inch of the ‘playdoh’ mixture to roll a small ball to create a lozenge. Roll this ball in ground licorice root and place lozenge on parchment paper. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
Let air dry to harden.

8. Air Purifying Spray

What you need:

Sweet Orange essential oil, 12 drops
Lemon Essential oil, 12 drops
Clove bud essential oil, 10 drops
½ ounce vodka
½ ounce distilled water
spray bottle that will hold 1 ounce

Method:

Mix 1 ½ ounce vodka and 1 ½ ounce distilled water in a measuring cup with a spout.
Add 10 drops clove bud essential oil and 12 drops sweet orange essential oil and 12 drops lemon essential oil.
Use to purify the air and to clean door knobs, counter tops, anywhere germs may hide.


That is it for your herbal remedy cabinet must haves! 

Happy witching x

~ @indigo-amethyst

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Made a new batch of  Magic Muscle Balm yesterday!  With Dandelion Flower Oil, St. John’s Wort Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil -  This muscle balm is great to relax after a long run, working out, playing sports, working in the garden or after a hard day at work. Lover of hands, fingers, backs, necks, legs, feet, and more.

Magickal Sunlight Oil:

This oil can be used as a base in salves, lip balms, regular or dry perfumes, or applied directly to the skin as aromatherapy and to heal dry, broken, damaged skin.
The oil uses medicinal ingredients from herbs with extreme benefits to the skin, and magickal properties from the same herbs, as well as from the sun to heal and promote positivity!

Supplies:

A jar
Calendula/Marigold Flowers, dried
Sunflowers, dried
Lemon peel and lemon seeds, dried
Jojoba oil
Olive oil

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients to the jar, filling the almost jar completely with the herbs in equal parts, and then cover the herbs in the oils completely. Put the jar on your windowsill and let it soak in the sunlight. Shake it at least twice daily. Allow it to sleep for at least three weeks. Strain the herbs until you have only clean oil. Enjoy!

Herbal Headache Soothing Salve

Ingredients

½ oz beeswax * See bottom of post for info on vegan substitutions

4 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsps castor oil 

1 Tbsps magnesium oil

20 drops peppermint essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops citrus essential oil 

Instructions:

  1. Measure out extra virgin olive oil and set aside
  2. Weigh out about ½ oz of beeswax. (or vegan substitution see below) If you prefer a softer salve in general, use a bit less. If your beeswax (or sub) is in a bar and not pastilles, shred or shave so that it will melt easier.
  3. Place beeswax and carrier olive oil in a double boiler and melt. Use low heat to preserve integrity of the oil. If you do not have a double boiler or don’t feel like scraping the beeswax out of it later, simply place ingredients in a mason jar and hold over a pan filled with water.
  4. Remove from heat and add magnesium, castor and essential oils. Whip quickly with a fork and pour directly into a small glass jar or tin. Experiment with different size jars so that you have some for your home, and some smaller ones to slip in your pocket for on-the-go.
  5. Place the jar in the refrigerator or freezer to set. Remove when hardened (likely no more than 30 minutes). Apply to forehead, temples, neck, shoulders or wherever may need some cooling tension relief.

You can use Carnauba or Candilla wax as substitutes for beeswax in this recipe. 

The substitution ratio for both alternatives is: ½ oz per 1 oz beeswax (simply use half of whatever amount of beeswax is asked for).

                             Beeswax                 Carnauba Wax       Candelilla Wax
Melting Point            143.6-149 F            181.4 ºF                 155 - 165º F

Candelilla wax tends to be a bit more greasy than carnuaba wax so keep that in mind when making substitution decisions.

Solar Herbal Salve ☀

Using a variety of herbs and plants that correspond with the Sun, this salve is meant to relieve minor scrapes, cuts, and bug bites.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz herbal infused oil (a mixture of herbs and a carrier oil of your choice)
  • 1 oz beeswax
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)

Solar Herbs:

  • Rosemary
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • St. John’s Wort

Infused Oil Recipe (Quick Method):

  1. Add dried herbs to a pot (crockpot, double boiler, etc.) and cover the herbs with carrier oil 
  2. Heat the mixture over low heat for 1-6 hours until the oil takes up the scent and color of the herbs
  3. Turn off the heat, and allow to cool
  4. Using cheesecloth to strain the oil, pour into a dark, sterile container for later use

Solar Method:

  1. Add dried herbs to a jar
  2. Cover the herbs with carrier oil and seal the jar
  3. Let the herbs sit in a warm, sunny windowsill for 2 to 6 weeks, shaking the jar daily
  4. When finished, strain through cheesecloth and store in a cool, dark place

Salve Recipe:

  1. Place the infused oil and the beeswax into a pot and warm over low heat
  2. Remove from heat and add the essential oils and Vitamin E Oil
  3. Quickly pour into a container of your choice, allow to cool, and seal
  4. Store in a cool, dark location

Note: please seek medical care for serious conditions

Hey loves, I reopened my Etsy shop if anyone cares to take a look! Its called KitchenWitchWonders and I sell herbal salves for various things. I’d really appreciate the support!

243: Recipes, Recipes

I’m leading another workshop this weekend, and in addition to the material I presented in the Tincturing Workshop, I’ll also be adding alcohol liniments, salves, and oils to the information sheet. Below is what I’ll be handing out. As always, please consult a medical professional before using any of these preparations, don’t use while using other medications, check for allergins, and do not use as a replacement for medical care (especially in emergency cases). Enjoy!


Alcohol Liniments

  • Liniments are tinctures that rather than being ingested, are applied to the skin. 
  • The alcohol will evaporate leaving behind the herbal medicine. 
  • Liniments can also be mixed with a carrier oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. to sooth the skin and prevent burning from the alcohol.

Basic Oil and Alcohol Liniment:

  • 1 part alcohol tincture : 1 part carrier oil

Easy Liniment Recipes

Fiery Liniment – think something like Tiger Balm. Hot and cold to sooth aching muscles. This does contain capsicum, menthol, and camphor, so do not apply to sensitive skin areas. A carrier oil is recommended with this one. 

Tincture: for a quart jar

  • ½ c. Cinnamon
  • ½ c. Fresh Ginger
  • ½ c. Calendula flowers
  • 3-4 medium sized Chili Peppers
  • 1 tbsp. Menthol crystals (or oil, crystals can be found on Amazon)
  • 1 tbsp. Camphor crystals (or oil, crystals can be found on Amazon)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon oil (optional)
  • Vodka (fill jar)

Carrier Oil:

  • Sweet Almond oil

Field Liniment – great for taking out hiking. Apply to aches, pains, sprains, cuts, and wounds to help in emergencies. Can be used with or without carrier oils. 

Tincture: for a quart jar

  • ½ c. Plantain leaf
  • ½ c. Comfrey root (and/or leaf)
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf 
  • ¼ c. Pine resin 
  • Vodka (fill jar)

Carrier Oil:

  • Sweet Almond oil

Herbal Salves

  • Herbal material left to sit in warm oil or fat until the active chemical compounds in the plants have been leached out. 
  • Traditional salves use fats or tallows like beef tallow, mutton tallow, bear grease, possum grease, goose grease, etc.
  • Vegetarian salves can be made with oils and beeswax (to help the oil set into a solid mass.)

Basic Salve making:

  • Easiest way to “cook” a salve is in a crockpot. 
  • Melt tallow then add plant material (if using oil you can add both the plant matter and the oil at the same time).
  • Heat on low 6-8 hours (low is important; you don’t want to burn the plant matter).
  • If you’re using an oil (not a fat, most fats will harden up on their own) you will add about 2 oz. melted beeswax to make the oil set into a semi-solid salve.
  • Let cool.
  • Strain and bottle.

Easy Salve Recipes

“Green” Salve – all purpose salve using beef tallow. For cuts, bruises, bug bites, eczema, burns, etc.

  • 32 oz. Beef Tallow 
  • ¾ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¾ c. Comfrey root and leaf
  • ¾ c. Rosemary leaf 
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf 
  • ¼ c. Thyme leaf

“Yellow” Salve – light coconut oil base, used in warmer months. For cuts, bruises, bug bites, eczema, burns, etc. Do not use if you have a skin sensitivity to goldenrod.

  • 32 oz. Coconut oil
  • ¾ c. Calendula flowers
  • ¾ c. Lemon Verbena leaf
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf
  • ½ c. Rose petals
  • ½ c. Goldenrod flowers

Herbal Oils

  • Herbal material left to heat in carrier skin or edible oils until the active chemical compounds in the plants have been leached out. 
  • Can be taken internally or applied to external skin conditions.
  • Typical external carrier oils: sweet almond, grapeseed, coconut.
  • Typical internal carrier oils: sweet almond, olive, sesame.

Basic Oil making:

  • Easiest way to “cook” an oil is in a crockpot. 
  • Combine plant matter and carrier oil.
  • Heat on low 6-8 hours (low is important; you don’t want to burn the plant matter).
  • Let cool.
  • Strain and bottle.

Easy Oil Recipes

Ear Oil – for external use with a sore ear. Not to be used with ear infections.

  • ¼ c. Garlic (fresh crushed or chopped)
  • ¼ c. Mullein flowers
  • 16 oz. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

Body Tonic Oil – for external use with sores, bruises, dry skin, bug bites, rashes, etc.

  • ¼ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¼ c. Comfrey leaf
  • ¼ c. Red Clover flowers
  • ¼ c. Wood Betony leaf
  • ¼ c. Blue Vervain leaf
  • 16 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

First Aid Oil – for external use as a first aid treatment for wounds, pains, sores, bites, etc.

  • ¼ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¼ c. Comfrey leaf
  • ¼ c. Cinquefoil leaf
  • ¼ c. Self-Heal leaf
  • 1 tbsp. Pine resin
  • 16 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

Has anyone ever used Kudzu for anything?

 And, by “anything”, I do mean anything haha

Where I’m from- which is the South, Kudzu is in abundance and is literally everywhere! I’ve read some things about it and some say it’s actually really really good for you, like it can be used to treat colds and I guess help overall health!

 I was just curious is anyone had ever used any or any spells, herbal remedies, salves, smoke sticks, etc., etc., etc.?