Herbal Salve Salvation: Herbal Oil Salve

| November/December 1998

  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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