How to of the Day: Make a Salve

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.

Items needed
A saucepan
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.


17 thoughts on “How to of the Day: Make a Salve

  1. Hi I love this idea Found you on the National Gardeners page on facebook.

    Would you mind telling me a bit more. For example why wheat germ oil is there healing purpose to it? Can you substitute, would there be a benefit? Also you say add honey but I don’t see that in list…wouldn’t honey make it sticky. You know I am probably this a skin balm for chapped hands for example (which I could really use) or a healing balm for cuts? Thanks so much this is a great site I look forward to reading it.

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    Cathy Collins

  2. Hello Cathy,
    I love wheat germ oil, a little about it is Its benifits curing skin conditions. Like eczema,psoriasis, It heals burns and skin ulcers,dry skin,It is high in vit.E,A,D, It is good for the heart,liver,It raises good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol. It keeps the skin from signs of aging.

    It is a Gods sent,


  3. Hi, I have a jar of almond oil that I’ve steeped some herbs in for a couple years. I’d really like to make it into a salve with lanolin and beeswax, would I just replace the wheat germ oil with my almond oil? Also, I have a little jar of lanolin that isn’t quite oil, it’s more just a very sticky paste. Will that work?

    Thanks so much for your fabulous blog ^.^

    • Almond oil would be an excellent substitute. I don’t usually put almond oil on my blog recipes because there are alot of people allergic to nuts. Make sure that the herbs that you have steeped in your oil complement your cream. As far as your lanolin, just put the jar in a hot pan of water and it will liquefy again so you can pour your measurements.
      Thanks for the comment and have a great Easter!

  4. Interesting, but not ideal. Are you going to write more?

    Yes But right now in middle of rebuilding my home that burnt in Nov. 30th It will be framing on Monday. So I am out there every day I can not wait to get back home. The weather is going to let me rebuild it thgis week God willing. I have been busy getting permits,builders,plumbers, Hope to be done by the end of the month

  5. Wow! Thank you! I continually needed to write on my website something like that. Can I include a fragment of your post to my website?

    All my work is to be able to help others, but always remember I am not a doctor. I myself was raised on herb use as well as my children and grandchildren has been. Someday we may need what God has giving us for our self to use for our health.
    It is all around us if we learn from others and books. Always keep a open mind to the herbs and aprayer.
    Always a Friend

  6. Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last few posts have been kinda boringā€¦ I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

    Please forgive my selfish mind, I guess it has been on rebuilding my home after the fire in Nov. 30th, I am my own sub contractor. It has been hard to find a plumber, the frame is up and praying to God it will be finished in 3 weeks. The plumber came today and right after him came the inspector it passed. I have been busy trying to save my yarrow,only a few of my roses,not much to save at all, but thought I would give it a try. But I am sure good will come out of all this. Do please for give and come back again.
    Always a Friend

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  11. Love your site. Do you have a herb mix that would be good for healing- Lichen sclerosis? Daughter diagnosed with this and can cause alot of problems. Seems to be alot of women suffering from this after a certain age. Any help would be great. Another Granny

    • Hello Another Granny, I believe that if you contacted Truman Berst out of Oregon He is a Master Herbalist. Call them, it is free of charge to call, tell them about your Daughter condition, I am sure they can help you. He is on the internet so you can get phone from there. I have dealt with them for years. They make their own tinture of herbs. Yes there are herbs for her condition.Blessing to you and yours. Let me know how every thing comes out.Susan

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