Salves or ointments can be a nice addition to your first aid cabinet for minor cuts or irritation. They can even be helpful for chronic conditions like eczema or dry skin in general. Depending on the herbs used to make your salve, the medicinal properties can be altered to suit your needs. While there are a few good herbal salves available commercially for purchase, making your own salve or ointment is an option that often goes untapped by many individuals. One of the main benefits, particularly for people with sensitive skin, is the control over the ingredients allowing for decreased additives and irritants in the final product. You may even find the process enjoyable, much like baking or cooking!
Making this at home:
You can use this recipe below to make your own wound healing salve. Adjust the amount of oil you use in this recipe to equal roughly the amount of salve you would like to have at the end of the process. We use a blend of equal parts comfrey, gotu kola, calendula, and chickweed in our salve. These herbs have wound healing properties and can help with itchy skin.
Tools you will need:
Beeswax can be difficult to clean and remove from the surfaces of containers or appliances used during this process. Make sure you wipe down the measuring cup and spoon while the salve is still warm. Don't let the beeswax harden on your cookware.
How to use:
Apply topically as needed to skin for relief of dryness, minor irritation, itchiness, and to improve healing of minor cuts and abrasions. This salve should not be used on open wounds that are deeper then around 2 mm.