I updated this recipe with better oil proportions to maximize healing and improve the texture. The new salve, although containing the same ingredients is way better! Here is the link. http://wp.me/p1zBYP-47
I wanted to do an update on the salve I made for miss Ellie last weekend.
2oz Bees Wax
2tbsp coconut oil
1tbsp almond oil
4tbsp nettle/olive oil infusion
2tbsp plantain/olive oil infusion
20 drops calendula essential oil
12 drops tea tree essential oil
1 bag of chamomile tea
Melt all ingredients except the essential oils together over indirect heat (I had a large glass measuring bowl placed inside a pan with boiling water), until it has melted completely into liquid. Note that bees wax takes a long time to melt initially and is a PAIN to clean up if you get it everywhere, so I suggest buying bees wax in 1 oz bars, not the 1/2 pound block I bought (the 1/2 lb block doesn’t cut down well either). I am sure the 1oz bars would be MUCH easier to use! After all the oils are melted together, turn off the heat, add the essential oils, mix well (with wood spoons no metal or plastic), and pour into glass jars.
For economy sake I used baby food jars which worked wonderfully! They are the perfect size for the salve, store well, and seal very well.
As for how the cream works it is wonderful! Ellie had a nasty scaly patch of eczema over both her eyebrows that would not go away! I refused to use cortisone cream or any over the counter meds and I have to say this worked wonders. My batch was pretty big (5 baby food jars) so if you could use some let me know! I am still perfecting the recipe and would love some input!
These ingredients are great for any skin problem, burns, cuts, insect stings, and redness too. It is amazing! Here is the rundown of the plant properties of the plants that went in:
Beeswax: Excellent emmolient and support for moisture. Protects skin from damaging environmental factors. Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant.
Coconut oil: Works well for damaged or dry skin. Works wonders for burns, cuts, rashes, bruises, and speeds healing while it fights infection. Oh, and it smells really tasty too!
Almond oil: As a dry skin treatment, almond oil relieves itchiness, soreness, rashes, dryness, irritation and burns.
Nettle oil infusion: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-dandruff, anti-histamine, astringent, noted for the treatment of infant eczema
Plantain oil infusion: Used for wounds, skin inflammations, malignant ulcers, cuts, stings and swellings and said to promote healing without scars. (Great if you have a bug bite or sting, takes the pain and sting right out!)
Calendula essential oil: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-anaphylactic,anti-rheumatic, anti-asthmatic, anti-convulsant, anti-dandruff, anti-histamine, astringent, decongestant, depurative, diuretic, haemostatic, immunomodulator, stimulating tonic
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Tea tree oil is efficacious in various dilution in treating abrasions, minor cuts, acne, arthritis, asthma, athletes foot, bladder infections, bronchial congestion, minor burns, chapped lips, rash from chicken pox, dandruff, dry skin, earaches, eczema, head colds, lice, herpes lesions, warts, hives, shingles, etc.
Chamomile: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic and sedative properties