One of my favorite things to have on hand, especially if you have kids, a spouse, or like me, you’re just accident prone, then having a healing salve of some kind is important to have on hand. The question is, out of all the wonderful herbs available, what is best for what cut, injury or emergency?
My favorite includes Yarrow since it’s great for clotting a bleeding cut, it numbs the area you rub it on, decreasing the pain, and if you make it strong enough, you could (oh, worst case scenario!) stitch up a decent sized cut (although my secret weapon for stitches, is plain old duct tape, it will hold some of the worst cuts together until they can begin to heal, but of course use your best judgement.)
Another is Calendula, one of my favorite all-around herbs. It’s anti-inflamatory properties, helps with any swelling, and it’s gentle fragrance is comforting, and especially gentle for babies and elderly skin.
A staple in any first aid kit is Comfrey. But, as is always the case, a word of caution. Comfrey will heal up an injury with incredible speed, and if the wound hasn’t been cleaned out properly you could trap the infection inside. So make sure you’ve cleaned the wound well, and then place the salve and bandage over it. I love comfrey, as an ingredient for wound salve, and wouldn’t be without it.
Now, for Mullein! With it’s gentle and soothing ability to cleanse a wound, and on sensitive baby bottoms, help with urinary tract issues, it is a wonderful addition to a wound salve. If you were to use it by itself, it would be excellent for respiratory infections, by rubbing it on a congested chest frequently and at night, rubbing it with some garlic (crushed) on the bottom of the feet, and then placing (if possible wool) socks over the mixture and leaving it on until morning. This simple treatment was used on my own children as they grew up, and it saved a lot of doctor trips, although your own gut feeling should tell you when it’s time to seek out a doctor for further help.
Finally, I love making Dandelion Tea, and putting that in my salves. It soothes aching muscles and sore joints.
Use your imagination and personal needs to decide which ingredients will you put in your salves.
To prepare for making your salve, the first thing you need to do is decide which herbs you’ll use, then after cutting and crushing them up, cover them in a jar with extra virgin olive oil. Olive is a very obedient oil, it tends to take on the characteristics of what ever herb is infused. Make sure your herbs are completely covered with oil, and then shake it daily, and put it in a warm window where it will heat up and cool down for 4-6 weeks. You can put single herbs or a combination, and when it’s done, strain the herbs out and use the oil for making your own wound salve.
Heres one of my favorite recipes for wound salve, it’s okay to tweak it so it meets your own needs! Enjoy!
1 Cup infused oil
1/4 Cup Beeswax
30 drops of Essential Oil
Melt the Beeswax and the Infused Oil in a double boiler, and once that has melted, take it off the boiler and add your essential oil. (For a great blog on essential oils and their properties, try Vagabon Velda’s).
After mixing thoroughly, pour the contents into your containers, and don’t forget to label them (Been there. Done that!) and most of all, don’t forget the use them!
Let me know how it works out for you!
No article or information on herbs are intended to be a substitute for any medicine or drug, legal or otherwise. Please do your homework before proceeding with any herb or formula.