Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to Make Savior Salve

Yesterday I spoke to the current state that comfrey is in. It is unfortunate that it cannot be recommended for internal use, but this doesn't mean that we won't make the best of it and external applications can be very effective. Today I want to show you have easy it is to make your own salve. This salve is super effective for cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, torn ligaments, diaper rash and sore muscles. The main recipe was derived from a Rosemary Gladstar recipe; however, I tweaked it a little to fit my own needs. This is what you will need:
  • 1/2 oz of comfrey root
  • 1/2 oz of comfrey leaf
  • 1/2 oz of calendula flowers
  • 1/2 oz of St. Johns-wort
  • Essential oils of your choosing (optional)
  • 1 pint of olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of grated beeswax

Mix the herbs and the olive oil in an airtight jar and let the mixture steep for about two weeks.

At the end of the two weeks, empty the contents of the jar into a double boiler on the stove and warm the mixture for about an hour. Be sure not to heat the oil to high, you may end up destroying some of the active ingredients.

Strain the mixture.

I use paint strainer bags to strain my infused oils and tinctures because they are reusable. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Once the liquid is strained, place the liquid back on the double boiler on the stove and add the beeswax. Add 1/4 cup of grated beeswax for every 1 cup of infused oil.

Once the beeswax has fully melted, take you salve off of the stove and add the essential oils. I added 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil for their added anti-microbial and vulnerary properties. Spoon your salve in airtight jars. I like to put it in a lot of little jars to give samples away to friends. 

This is one of my favorite topical applications for all sorts of skin issues and wounds and it is so easy to make. I call it the "Savior Salve" because it is for sure a savior helping with so many problems. I hope you like it as much as I do.


  1. How long does it keep for? Would it be better to use jojoba oil instead of olive oil so that it keeps longer?

  2. To be honest with you, I'm not totally sure how long it keeps for because I go through it so quickly! I use it for everything. My dad even uses it under his eyes, swearing it works on his wrinkles. I would assume it would last at least a year, longer if it is stored in a cool dark place. I have tried it using jojoba oil and it works great. I just feel a connection to olive oil. Perhaps it's the Italian in me.