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How To Make Your Own Herbal Salve


A salve is a medicinal ointment made from herbal infused oils and wax. Because salves do not contain water, they tend to last a long time and not become moldy.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Pour herbal infused oil into a double boiler and warm gently.
  2. Slowly add grated beeswax to the hot oil and stir until wax is melted.
  3. Add your choice of essential oil if desired.
  4. Pour into your sterilized salve jars or tins.


  1. Use only fresh smelling herbal oils. Off odors can indicate bacteria is present.
  2. In warm weather, add more beeswax to keep product from becoming too soft.
  3. Do not use a dirty finger to scoop out salve. You can introduce bacteria to the clean product. As an alternative, use a Popsicle stick, coffee stir stick, z tip or other fresh applicator to keep the salve clean.

What You Need

  • 4 ounces of herbal infused oil
  • 3/4 ounce beeswax
  • 10 - 12 drops of Essential Oil
  • Jars or tins for storing salve

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