2 Tablespoons Bee's Wax
3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
3 Tablespoons Shea Butter

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Vitamin E
1 Tablespoon Honey Powder
2 Tablespoons Activated Charcoal Powder
3 Tablespoons Rhassoul Clay

Optional: Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils, Lugol's Solution of Iodine depending on what
you're using the salve for.

8 1/2 ounce clear jars

Black Salve is touted to do everything these days,
including curing cancer.

What it does best is absorb toxins. The common use
for it is to put a glob of it on a bee sting, slivers
or a cut. It sucks out the poisons!
No home should be without it.

First Step:

Put Bees wax, cocoa butter and Shea butter in a small
pot and heat. You want to keep it at 180 degree for at
least 15 minutes.
This is easier than it sounds. Just heat it on medium
high until it is melted. Turn off the burner and let
it sit. It should still be over 180 in 15 minutes. :)

Second Step:

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well
blended. The easy place to buy Activated Charcoal is
in your local health food store or herbal medicine
You'll probably have to open a lot of capsules, but
it is the stuff you need for this.

Third Step:

Feel free to add any relevant herbal extracts to the
formula just before you spoon it in. You want to make
sure it is very cooled off before adding any extracts,
essential oils, or fragrance.

Fourth Step:

Once it is smooth, spoon into 1/2 ounce jars. Give a
jar to everyone you know. They will thank you for it!


General Healing Balm

1 part lavender flowers
1 part peppermint leaves

Steep in 3 ounces of sunflower oil for 45 minutes.Strain.
Melt 2 ounces cocoa butter or coconut oil in microwave or double boiler.
Add 2 ounces of beeswax and melt together. Add strained sunflower oil and
mix thoroughly. When mixture cools, add 2 tsp. essential oil of your
choice. (I use peppermint and lavender) Pour into small soap molds or
small plastic container. Peppermint is cooling while the lavender is
topically healing.


Crack Salve

1 oz Beeswax
1 oz Calendula infused olive oil
1 oz Plaintain infused olive oil
1 oz St. Johnswort infused olive oil

Melt all together until beeswax is melted then add:

6 drops Vitamine E
5 drops Pine needle e.o.
5 drops Chamomile (German) e.o.
5 drops Lavendar e.o.
5 drops Tea tree e.o.

Cool a bit , then pour into clean jars.


Foot Salve

10 oz. coconut oil (solid, not fractionated)
2 oz. jojoba
3 oz. olive oil
3 Tbs. candelilla wax
1/2 oz. beeswax ( you can replace this with all candelilla wax if you'd
like, I was not happy with the consistency so I added some beeswax)
1 oz. cocoa butter
.5 oz. menthol crystals
10 drops peppermint
10 drops eucalyptus
10 drops narouli

Melt all ingredients together except for the menthol and essential oils.
Remove from heat, stir in menthol crystals, re-heat until crystals are
melted if needed. Remove from heat and let cool before stirring in the
essential oils or they will evaporate, pour into containers.

If you don't have experience in using menthol crystals, they are quite
powerful, so do wear a mask when using them and caution, you don't want
to have your head right over the bowl when mixing this item.


Itchy Salve:

If using fresh herbs, gently spray clean and let wilt overnight in a dry place.

1 handful of chickweed
1/2 handful of chamomile heads
1/2 handful of calendula heads
2 Tbs. of thyme
2 Tbs. comfrey root
2 Tbs. marshmallow root

Cover with olive oil, infuse over low heat (never get above 200) for 3

Strain and add 1-2 oz.cocoa butter and 1-2 oz.beeswax, heat until
melted and pour into containers. Just drop a little on a plate and see
if it hardens enough, if not add more beeswax only a little bit at a
time and re-test.


Chest Rub/Soreness

Olive oil 1 cup or enough to cover the herbs (olive oil lasts a long time)
grated ginger root fresh 2 Tbs. dried about 4Tbs.
dried or wilted peppermint leaves 1/4-1/2 cup

Put in crock pot or double boiler and simmer over low heat for 3
hours. Strain out herbs, put back in pan over low heat and melt 1-2
Tbs. of beeswax in the oil, depending on how hard you want to make it.
When beeswax melts, remove from heat stir and pour into container, let
sit until cool.

*I add poplar buds to the herbs for pain and inflammation, simmer as


Easy Salve

Here is an easy salve recipe.

Lemon Balm contains Eugenol which eases pain and calendula is great for all types of skin conditions,
very soothing.

Ingredients are approximate

2 cups olive oil or sunflower oil (olive lasts longer)
3/4 cup lemon balm and calendula. Just throw handfuls in the measuring
container until you get 3/4.
Try to use equal amounts of each.

Mix together and place in top of double boiler. Simmer over low heat for
2 hours. Remember to replace the water in bottom pot if it gets low.
Strain out herbs. In separate pan or bowl if using microwave, melt 2
tsp. beeswax and 1 tsp. cocoa butter or lanolin. Add to the infused oil
and stir until cool. If you wanted to make this antibacterial, you would
add a few drops of tea tree or thyme when it cools. Put into jars and
label!!!!! Add the date.....
You might think you'll remember what you made, but you won'


Herbal Infusion Directions

Place your dried plant material in the top of a double boiler and cover with
just enough olive oil (or oil of your choice) to cover. Bring the temperature
up to 120-150 deg. F. and keep it there for 4 hours. Strain through
cheesecloth, squeezing all the oil out of the plant material. Pour this
infused oil over another batch of dried material and repeat the process. Store
in the refrigerator.

1. Use only dried plant material. Fresh contains water which will breed
bacteria in your salves.
2. Use latex or other type of rubber glove when you squeeze the plant material
to keep from contaminating the oil with bacteria from your hands.
3. Make only what you can use in a week.
4. Don't make the fire too hot, as it will cause the temp to rise too
drastically. Remove from heat when the infused material reaches 120 deg. F.
The temp will continue to rise. When it starts dropping close to the 120 mark
again, zap it for a minute with the heat.
5. Keep in mind that once oil starts to heat, the temp goes up drastically.
You don't want to burn the plant material.
6. Do not cover the pot. You don't want condensation to build up and drop
back into the oils.

I've had better luck with this method than with the cold infusion on a
windowsill, which always seemed to develop condensation inside the jar which in
turn resulted in bacteria and mold growing in the final oil.


Making Herb Infused Oil

I am a clinical herbalist (as well as soap and toiletry maker).
I wanted to share a recipe for making superior, therapeutic quality herb infused oil.
You can use this oil as is or in what ever recipe. This method works especially well
with resiny herbs such as calendula or St. johnwort. Some active constituents in
herbs are not very easily extracted in oil but come out just fine in alcohol.
This way you get both!
I was taught this recipe by the first herbalist I apprenticed with years ago
and have also seen basically the same in James Green's Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook.
Here goes:

1 part herb by weight (for example 1 0z)
1 part grain alcohol (everclear) by volume( 1 fl oz in this case)

Mix the two together in a glass jar and let sit covered for 24 hour,
shaking every once in a while

The next day mix the wet herbs with 5-6 parts of oil, about 5-6 fl oz in this case
(for medicinal salves we usually use extra virgin olive, but what ever you want to use is fine)
Pour this into a blender and blend the whole thing on high speed until the sides of
the blender feel warm.
Strain the oil through cheesecloth, pressing to get most of the oil out.
Pour the oil in a pot and over very low heat, warm it until all the alcohol is evaporated.
( you can check by holding a match close to the surface of the oil.
If it catches fire there is still alcohol there...careful!)
Now you can bottle the oil or used it right away.



A Stove top Preparation

Uses: Regenerates tissue! Apply to chapped hands all winter. Use for burns, scrapes, or on
diaper area. A
wonderful salve for garden-worked hands.

2-3 cups Calendula Petals (harvest blossoms after dew dries and before noon)
1 cup Olive Oil (is antibacterial and goes rancid more slowly than other oils)
1/4 cup or 2 oz. Beeswax (chips melt more readily)


several drops Rose or Lavender Oil (adds nice scent, calming)
1 oz. Lanolin (makes salve creamier, but some children react to this)
1/2 oz. Glycerin (makes salve creamier, compare to above recipe to see which you prefer)
* Recipe can be increased proportionately for larger quantities

1. Use small gathering baskets to pick moisture-free calendula flowers on a sunny morning.
Take time to enjoy the full rich color, form and delicate scent of the flowers.
As children remove petals
into the stainless pan a sticky flower residue will be their first introduction to the plant's
hidden qualities.

2. Add olive oil to the pan and place over the lowest possible heat.
Stir rhythmically as the oil heats to avoid “cooking” the petals in over-heated oil.
Small bubbles may form on the bottom of the pan.
This is as “hot” as the oil should get.
Stir to distribute warmth throughout the calendula oil.
Continue for a total of 1 to 2 hours.
This task may be divided over two days time if cooled and covered tightly
between beatings.
(I often set aside a “little bit” of the petals so that each child may sprinkle
some into the oil when it is their turn to stir.)

Hum or sing stirring the love into the medicine oil.

“Round and round the Earth is turning, turning round and round to morning, and from
morning round to night.”

3. Allow calendula oil to cool to the point where the calendula petals can be strained from
the oil, pouring it through (unbleached) cheesecloth. Twist cheesecloth full of oily petals
into a bundle and secure with a twist tie or string.

4. Use a wooden spoon to press oil free through the cheesecloth. I find a stainless steel
mesh strainer helpful.
The cheesecloth is placed in the mesh strainer over a bowl as children press oil
out of calendula flowers.
It takes a fair amount of pressing to remove every precious spoonful of amber-colored
calendula oil.

It is also a wonderful opportunity for the children to be dabbed with the oily cheesecloth
and rub or massage the warm oil into their chapped hands, knees, elbows.

5. In order to blend oil with melted beeswax both must be similar.
Return calendula oil to pan to be gently warmed again while beeswax
is melted over a double burner, but not directly over heat as
it is highly flammable.
When wax is melted and close to the temperature of the oil, pour wax into oil.
When completely unified remove from heat. Pour into lipped measuring cup and then
into small sterilized jars.
Allow children to observe salve “setting up” over the next ten minutes as
they decorate/illustrate labels for their jar.
After cooled and set, cap jars with lids and adhere labels.

Allow to cool another 10 minutes before handling.
Store in cool conditions free from direct sunlight and heat.

End with a song, verse, or gratitude blessing.

• harvest baskets
• stainless steel pan
• spatula
• wooden spoon
• stove top or double-burner hot plate
• double boiler for melting beeswax
• cheesecloth (unbleached, if possible)
• twist tie or string
• mesh stainless steel strainer and a bowl to fit strainer in
• lipped measuring cup for pouring oil into tiny jars
• small, lidded jars such as jelly or honey sample jars. Be sure children's fingers
can reach bottom of jar to remove every precious drop of salve.
Amber or cobalt jars protect salve, but do not allow
children to see the true color or setting up of salve.
• tiny paper labels and colored pencils for making labels (calendula colored scraps of painting
paper make nice labels too)
• clear tape for adhering labels


A Solar Infusion Preparation

Day 1 - Harvest 3 cups moisture-free calendula blossoms after dew dries, before noon.
Hull calendula petals into a harvest basket.
Enjoy the sticky, healing residue. Place petals into a sterilized pint glass jar
with tight sealing lid.

Add 1 cup organic olive oil.

Remove air pockets by poking gently with the handle of the wooden spoon or a chopstick.

Cover with the lid. Place in the sun on a windowsill, or outdoors on a stone in a southern location.

Sing a song, say a verse or blessing over the calendula petals.

Day 2-14 - Visit the calendula oil daily.
Observe, feel warmth in the jar. Turn contents in jar.

Sing a song, verse, or blessing.

Day 14 - Remove oil from its sunny resting place. Strain oil from the calendula using a wooden
spoon, pressing through the unbleached cheesecloth placed in the stainless steel strainer over a bowl.
(Keep some calendula oil for use after showering or going to the beach. Just pour into a tiny glass bottle.

Add a drop or two of rose or lavender oil, if desired.
Store oil bottle in a cool location.)

To prepare calendula salve melt 1/4 cup or 2 oz. beeswax in a double burner, gently warm
calendula oil to a temperature similar to beeswax, and add wax to warm oil. When blended, stir in several
drops of rose or lavender oil, 1 oz. lanolin, or 1/2 oz. glycerin, if desired.

• Pour warm calendula mixture into tiny, sterile jars.
• Prepare paper labels (using dried pressed calendula petals or colored pencil illustrations,
on calendula-colored painting paper) while children observe salve “setting up” during the cooling
• Adhere labels.
• Cover with lids. Take care that children do not handle hot jars for 10 minutes.
• Celebrate with a verse, song, blessing.
• To insure that mold is not given birth in either infusion method it is important that
calendula is dry when harvested.
Check the infusion for a dark, cloudy formation in bottom of the jar.
Do not use cloudy oils.
Repeat process until successful. If infusing in a sunny window, use cheesecloth
instead of a solid lid to cap infusion. This allows moisture to evaporate from oil


Salve for Colds and Congestion

Melt shortening, such as Crisco, over low heat until liquefied.
Put a filter of your choice (coffee filter, cheesecloth, etc.)
over a jar and secure it around the edge with a rubber band.
Make sure the filter hangs down into the jar.

Crush some Eucalyptus and Mint leaves to release the oils and put them in the filter.
Pour the melted shortening through the leaves and filter. Let it all drain through.
You can repeat this if you wish to make it stronger, but you do not need to put the
shortening over heat again...just pour it through another filter with the crushed leaves in it.

Leave it alone and let it cool completely. Now you have a salve to rub on your
chest or directly under your nose to help with colds and congestion.


Echinacea Salve for Wounds

1 teaspoon Echinacea powder (can be found at herbal/natural stores)

small amount of water

Instructions: Add very small amounts of water to Echinacea powder mixing until
there is a thick paste. Spread the desired amount of paste over the wound and
allow it to stay on several hours or overnight. Wipe off with a wet warm cloth.

A clinical study of 4500 patients with inflammatory skin conditions has shown
that 85% were cured with a topical Echinacea salve (Wacker & Hilbig, 1978).
Therefore, Echinacea may be wonderful for building up our immune systems,
but it is also great for healing wounds and skin regeneration.


Simple Comfrey Salve Recipe

Comfrey salve is a must-have for any herbal first aid kit! We use it almost every day
chapped lips and elbows, dry noses, cuts, scrapes, burns, even as an under eye cream!

Here's a super simple recipe for comfrey salve recipe that you can make right in your kitchen.

This salve also makes great gifts for friends and family. I like to put up big batches to
give out at the holidays.


2 cups good quality olive oil

~ 1 ounce (about two tablespoons) fresh comfrey leaves (or 1/2 ounce dried)

~ 1 ounce (about two tablespoons) fresh lavender flowers (or 1/2 ounce dried)

~ 1 ounce (about two tablespoons) fresh calendula flowers (or 1/2 ounce dried)

~ 1/2 cup beeswax


~ Gently warm the olive oil and the herbs in the top of a double boiler for about 30 minutes.
Stir frequently. It should bubble a bit at the edges, but not throughout the mixture.

~ Strain out the oil by pouring through a strainer.

~ Discard herbs and reserve oil.

~ Melt your beeswax in the top of the double boiler.

~ Add the strained oil and stir until completely blended.

~ Pour the mixture into jars or salve tins.

~ Once it is cool, label and date your creation.


Dr. Corson's Yarrow Salve Recipe

Yarrow is one of my favorite medicinal plants. My teacher, Patsy Clark, of Bittersweet
Cultural Center (Rochester, IN) taught me to make a very effective salve for cuts, abrasions,
and minor burns. It is great for paper-cuts, quickly taking the pain away,
and preventing infection.

This salve is antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-styptic (stops bleeding).
Therefore, it is my #1 choice for all abrasions, cutting down the pain dramatically
within 5 to 10 minutes and minimizing chances of infection. There are multiple
antibacterial compounds in this aromatic lawn and garden perennial, which have
been named (see Kathy Keville’s excellent book, The Encyclopedia of Medicinal
and Culinary Herbs).

My husband and I are both physicians, and this is what we and all our
reach for first, for scrapes, lacerations, burns, and paper-cuts.

To make yarrow salve:

1. Wild, white yarrow (not the golden yarrow or other hybrid colors)

Gather the leaves (flowers in full bloom can also be used), and dry in the shade
or indoors (never in sunlight, which degrades the chemistry once it is separated
from the earth). Dry for minimum of 5-7 days, longer is fine. Store in clean paper
bags (not plastic, as this will promote growth of fungi, with any stored herb)

2. Melt 4 cups of olive oil and 1/2 cup of pure beeswax on a stovetop, or if funds
are tight 4 cups of Crisco instead (no need for the beeswax to solidify it at room
temperature).; smaller batches are simply scaled down from these proportions,
using about a 1/8 ratio of beeswax to olive oil

3. Add as much dried yarrow leaf (and flowers if included) as you can immerse in the
oil, stirring gently with a wooden spoon on simmer. Avoid "french-frying" or blackening
or browning of the leaves. Simmer 15-20 minutes on low, stirring. The medicinal aroma
will be prominent, and the color of the oil will turn green or golden green.

4. Cool approximately 15 minutes to allow safer handling. Strain through a fine
metal-screen sieve into a 4-cup glass measure, then pour from that into clean,
small glass jars, e.g. baby food or tiny jelly jars.

5. LABEL each jar with "yarrow salve" (Achillea millefolium), and the date.
Store in refrigerator. Will last for over a year if refrigerated.
These make great gifts for friends and family.

6. Use liberally with a band-aid or other sterile dressing, to cover the wound,
keeping in the salve and keeping clothes protected from the oil.
I have had excellent success even with a nasty 2nd degree burn of the palm of the hand,
healing with no scarring. A low dose of Codeine was only needed for the first day,
because the yarrow’s analgesic properties were so helpful, being applied 3 times a day
until healed.


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Comment by Spiralle on July 30, 2008 at 7:14pm
Thank you very much for sharing this information.
Comment by Ethereal Wine on July 31, 2008 at 8:28am
I also posted this information in the group
"Herb Lore and Holistic Philosophies Discussions"


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