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
- 12 oz. Olive oil
- 3-4 oz. dried and/or ground herbs
- 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
- Into your double-boiler (the part without the water…duh), pour in your olive oil and herbs.
- Set your stove/heating receptacle to low heat, placing double-boiler on heat.
- Infuse oils for 1-2 hours (one hour for minimum infusion amount, two hours for maximum infusion amount before oil goes rancid)
- Once oil is done, pour into your dark-tinted jar, and label accordingly
- 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
- 1 oz. Beeswax
- 8 oz. Herbal Oil
- *Optional*: ¼ tsp. essential oil
*Optional*: the tears and/or blood of your enemies
- 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)
- Set your stove to medium-low heat
- Into your double-boiler, melt your wax
- Once the wax has melted–it’s imperative that your wax has to be completely melted before adding the oil–add your herbal oil.
- 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).
- Once salve is all liquid, pour into your container(s). Do not cover your containers before they harden.
- 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).
Thanks for reading you guys! I’d enjoy a reblog, a reshare, or if you hated it, a strongly worded message to me and probably a few images of you flipping the bird. Have an amazing day/afternoon/night/time-between-night-and-morning