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Making the Salve

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The dry ingredient have soaked since yesterday¬†and I’ve spun them in the blender.

I’m warming up the oil and beeswax slowly. I don’t want it to get too hot and ruin the good benefits of the herbs.

I see that each time I add some of the ‘cooler’ ingredients that the wax-oil mixture wants to gob-up. So I’m leaving the wax stuff to warm while I slowly add the wet herbs and honey.

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The gooey stuff

It looks good until almost the end when the juices are suddenly separating. I added a pinch of guar gum as a thickener so it would stick together but I’m not too impressed with the ‘look’. If it will heal my wounds looks won’t matter. If I had added Witch Hazel it would have been worse. My plan would be to use Witch Hazel to soak a piece of gauze and then apply the salve and cover with gauze or a clean cloth cover.

Now I hope I don’t ever need it. Realistically though, I always have bumps and scrapes. Most often it’s a matter of wood slivers and small things.

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Next time I’d prefer to use the green live version of the herbs.

The ingredients: 1/2 cup of herbs, 4 tablespoons beeswax, 6 tablespoons honey, 1 cup olive oil.

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2 Responses to “Making the Salve”

  1. Wendy says:

    I have made salve so I appreciate the whole process. What herbs have you used? I used comfrey root. Have you washed comfrey root? What a pleasure, not. Where did you get your beeswax, it looks authentic…straight from a honey farmer. So why the honey in the recipe, for medicinal purposes, yes? I think you could actually eat this recipe if you don’t mind oily stuff haha!

    • sherry says:

      I’ll pass on the taste test…but it would be ok with honey in it. I put honey in because it’s anti-bacterial, thick, and might help ‘keep’ it.
      After a few days now it’s starting to smell stale. I’m going to think on that. Yes the honey is from a beefarmer. It isn’t all that pure…but it was cheap.

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