How to Make Lavender Healing Salve

Salves are used to heal dry, irritated or sore skin, such as skin affected by eczema, sunburn or scratching. Lavender is well know for its healing properties,[1] an effect which this salve takes advantage of to help soothe dry or irritated skin.


This recipe makes quite a lot of salve – approximately 200 grams (7.0 oz), so be ready with suitable containers. It makes a great gift, so it's a good idea to have one container for yourself and one to give away.

Ingredients

  • 45 g (1.5 oz) beeswax pellets
  • 45 g (1.5 oz) cocoa butter (solid)
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) olive oil (any type)
  • 10 ml (0.33 fl oz) (a few drops) lavender essential oil

Steps

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    Wash and dry the containers you're intending to use. Allow them to air dry, as this is the most hygienic method for drying. To do so, simply set them on a tea towel and leave for a time.
    • Suitable containers range from well cleaned used makeup jars, spice jars, to any other small glass containers you have. Glass is the best material, but be sure the containers are able to handle heat up to up to 95 C (200°F). Plastics can leach chemicals into the salve as well as break down over time, so avoid using them.
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    Assemble and weigh the ingredients.
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    Put the cocoa butter and beeswax into a heatproof pouring vessel such as a metallic jug or pitcher. Put the heatproof vessel into a saucepan of boiling water.
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    Melt the ingredients. Do this by keeping the water simmering and allowing the ingredients to gently come together.
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    Leaving the water simmering, take the heatproof vessel out of the saucepan using oven mitts. simmering Add the olive oil and lavender oil ingredients to the vessel. At this point, you'll notice that the mixture will solidify a little, which is fine.
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    Return the vessel to the saucepan. This will liquefy the mixture once again. Stir the mixture using a skewer to evenly distribute the contents. Once mixed thoroughly, quickly and carefully pour the resulting liquid into the prepared containers.
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    Leave the salve to cool fully. If you want to place it in the fridge, that's fine.
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    Once the mixture has solidified into a salve, it's ready for use. Use on dried skin as required.
    • It's a good idea to label and date the salve so that you remember what it's for and when it was made.

Tips

  • If giving as a gift, label with all ingredients clearly and provide usage instructions. Be sure to make it clear that you made it yourself!
  • For long life, keep out of direct sunlight as this will break down the essential oil which does act as a preservative.
  • Use within six months of making. If it smells rancid earlier, discard.
  • Store in a dry, cool and dark place.
  • You can make different kinds of salves by using different kinds of essential oils. Try rose oil or salvia oil for example. Search in a book or online to find their healing abilities to tailor the salve for your personal skin problems.

Warnings

  • Be aware of any potential allergies to any of the ingredients. If you're not sure, try a skin patch test or speak to your doctor.

Things You'll Need

  • A saucepan
  • A heatproof vessel (one reserved especially for this type of projects) - such as a metallic or Pyrex jug or pitcher
  • Suitable pots, jars, or tins
  • Kitchen scales

Sources and Citations

  1. Nerys Purchon, Handbook of Herbs, p. 47, (2002), ISBN 0-7336-1572-4

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