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Herbal Salves: How to Make a Healing Salve

Treat itchy, dry winter skin with a homemade, herbal salve.

| September/October 2010

Homemade Herbal Salve

2 ounces dried herbs or 4 ounces fresh herbs
1 cup sesame or olive oil
1/2 ounce solid beeswax (shavings or beads)
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

1. Bruise herbs by rubbing fresh/dried herbs between your palms.

2. Place bruised herbs in oil in a deep pan. On low heat, gently cook herbs, covered, until crispy, 30 minutes to an hour (cook roots first, then add leaves, then flowers last).

3. Melt beeswax over very low heat in a separate old pot (use one you don’t care much for; wax leaves a residue).

4. When beeswax is melted, pour into herbal oil. Mix well.

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