Ointment (Salve)

By:  Narda

August 12. 2021


Make an ointment (salve) using infused oil:

 To make four ounces, you will need:

  • 4 1-Oz or 8 ½-Oz sterilized ointment containers
  • 4 ounces cold herb-infused oil
  • ¾ ounces of beeswax (you may substitute ¼ with cocoa or shea butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon vitamin E (acting as natural preservative)
  • Tea tree, lavender or myrrh essential oils no more than 2 drops each

What you need to do:

  •  Melt the beeswax and let it cool a bit
  • If substituting part of the beeswax, with cocoa or Shea butter, wait until it has cooled
  • Using an eggbeater, mix well
  • Add vitamin E, keep mixing
  • Add essential oils, one at a time
  • Myrrh increases the anti-fungal, anti-biotic, and skin-soothing properties of your salve

Make an ointment using dry herbs:

 You will need:

  •  ¼ cup of beeswax or un-petroleum jelly
  •  ¼ cup dried herbs, very finely chopped
  • Double boiler or two pots that could go one inside the other (if using un-petroleum jelly)
  • One heavy bottom stainless steel pot if using beeswax
  • Sieve

What you will need to do:

  • If using un-petroleum jelly, set up the double boiler, add the jelly to the pot on top, let it melt
  • If using beeswax, melt it in the heavy bottom stainless steel beeswax
  • Add herbs
  • Let it simmer on low heat for 30 to 40 minutes
  • Strain the mixture
  • Pour into sterilized glass jar and let it cool

Extra tips

  • Ointments are for external use only
  • They are used mainly on the skin, sometimes on the eyes
  • Do not put on eyes, unless specifically recommended
  • Ointments are used to insure full absorption of the active medicament
  • Some of the conditions that are treated with ointments include:  Burns, abrasions, cuts, bites, bruises and hemorrhoids

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