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How to Make salves

Herbal salves are a wonderful addition to any home medicine cabinet. These natural remedies are easy to make and can be used to treat a variety of common ailments, from dry skin to muscle aches and pains. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make your own herbal salve.


  • 1 cup of dried herbs (such as lavender, calendula, or chamomile)

  • 1 cup of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut, or sweet almond oil)

  • 1 oz of beeswax

  • Essential oils (optional)


  • Double boiler or a heat-safe bowl and pot

  • Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer

  • Glass jars or tins with lids

  • Wooden spoon or spatula


  1. Begin by infusing the dried herbs into the carrier oil. You can do this by placing the herbs and oil in a jar and letting it sit in a sunny spot for several weeks, shaking occasionally, or by gently heating the mixture in a double boiler for a few hours. This will help to extract the beneficial properties of the herbs into the oil.

  2. Once the oil has been infused, strain it through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids.

  3. Next, melt the beeswax in a double boiler or heat-safe bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully melted.

  4. Once the beeswax has melted, add the infused oil to the pot and stir well to combine.

  5. If desired, you can add a few drops of essential oils for added fragrance and therapeutic benefits. Some popular options include lavender, tea tree, or peppermint.

  6. Pour the mixture into glass jars or tins and let it cool completely before covering with a lid.

  7. Your herbal salve is now ready to use! Simply apply a small amount to the affected area as needed.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Be sure to use dried herbs in your salve, as fresh herbs contain moisture that can cause the mixture to spoil.

  • Experiment with different herbs to create custom blends for specific needs. For example, calendula is known for its skin-soothing properties, while arnica can help to relieve sore muscles.

  • Use a clean, dry spoon or spatula to scoop out the salve, as introducing moisture can cause it to spoil.

  • Store your herbal salve in a cool, dark place to extend its shelf life.

In conclusion, making your own herbal salve is a simple and rewarding process that allows you to harness the healing power of nature in a convenient, all-natural remedy. By following these easy steps and experimenting with different herbs and oils, you can create a customized salve that is perfect for your unique needs.

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The herbalist, chemist, and medicine maker at Asili Apothecary, Gloria created this space to facilitate healing and learning for yourself and those around you. The apothecary and homestead is based in Fayetteville, NC. Gloria enjoys time with her family and Mother Nature.

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