- 3 tablespoons dried or 5 tablespoons fresh herbs
- 3 cups water
- 1½ ounces coconut oil
- 1½ ounces almond oil
- 1 teaspoon benzoin tincture (available at pharmacies)
- 1 ounce grated beeswax, optional
- Place the herbs in an empty pot. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, then pour it over the herbs and let steep. Strain and reserve the tea.
- In the saucepan, mix the coconut and almond oils together, then add the tea. Simmer until the water has completely evaporated (when the bubbling stops). Remove from heat.
- Add the benzoin tincture (a preservative). If necessary, add the grated beeswax to thicken the salve, letting it melt gradually into the base. Pour the salve into half-ounce containers and let cool. Secure the lids and label.
K. P. Khalsa is a clinical herbalist and freelance writer who lives in Seattle. He has twenty years of experience formulating herbal salves and is a consultant to salve manufacturers.
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