Salves are very useful for many things, healing, keeping skin properly moistened and as an ointment. They are pretty simple to make and are much cheaper than buying it at the store. The following directions are for making a small amount of salve, about 3 oz. If you do alot of cooking, then you’ll know how to ratio out the ingredients to make as much or as little as you want.
A tall slightly narrow bowl (heat proof and it needs to fit into saucepan)
A mixing bowl
1/2 oz beeswax
2 oz lanolin
1/2 cup wheat germ oil
whichever herbs you like.
Combine herbs in clean bowl, pot or cup. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over herbs. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain through tea strainer, collecting liquid in clean bowl. Allow to cool and discard herbs. Melt beeswax and lanolin in heatproof glass set in simmering water. (Have a pan of water on the stove and set the glass holding the beeswax and lanolin into the simmering water. Don’t pour it in, this is a poor man’s double boiler). Add wheat germ to the beeswax and lanolin and stir. Add herbal infusion by teaspoonful and stir until well blended. Remove the glass from the water. Add honey to the salve and carefully stir until well blended. Let cream cool completely.
Stir salve thoroughly and transfer it to a clean container with tight fitting lids. (Baby food jars work well). This mixture will last up to 3 months.