SALVES - A nature based healing topical solution.
WHAT ARE SALVES?
An ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection. Topical herbal treatments can be a gentle yet effective way to address painful scrapes, itchy rashes, and dry, dull skin. Unlike balms which just stay on the surface salves penetrate deep into the skin and heal from within.
THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF TOPICAL TREATMENT:
SALVES: It is a solid healing topical solution for your skin. A combination of waxes, oils and healing essential oil which can be optional. You may even add a choice of skin butter for better effectiveness.
INFUSED OIL: It is made by steeping herbal or medicinal plants in carrier oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil. Preferably oils suiting your skin type. Applying this oil on skin helps in soothing minor burns or itching.
CREAMS AND LOTIONS: Cream is a thicker consistency while lotions are lighter texture due to the addition of water into it. It’s hydrating and soothing to the skin.
To make a balm or salve or balm is to infuse the oil using dried herbs. And the mix it into the bam making mixture.
Always do a patch test before using this as it contains active Ingredients.
These oils have a shelf life for up to 1 year. So you can make the infused oil earlier at hand before making salves and balms and then add it as you make.
Basic Salve Recipe: This Makes 8 oz | 236 ml
Let’s see the ratio we can use for this recipe:
The most traditional ratio for beeswax for making salves is 1:4. This ratio helps in solidify and then it can cool down into a perfect consistency. Even though 1:4 is the traditional way you can change the ratio to your liking like 1:5 or 1:6.
The traditional salves has a harder consistency and a little more rubbing required for spreading the salve on skin. While, the 1:6 is a little smoother and easier to rub into the skin.
So we learnt the beeswax or other waxes for making balms and salves. The main function of beeswax is solidifying the salves and balms. Also, If you’re practicing a vegan lifestyle, you can also use plant-based waxes like candelilla or Carnauba wax in place of the beeswax when making salves.
You can use so many oils based on the uses of the salves. You can use just one oil or a combination of oils. I guess the combination f oils can be more beneficial and healthier for the skin e.g. 50/50 of coconut oil and jojoba oil or almond oil and olive oil or coconut oil and olive oil.
Beeswax have a sweet honey like fragrance that is really quite enchanting. Beeswax has great solidifying properties . the amount of beeswax used can be adjusted or varied depending on your desired texture, you can make a looser texture by using less wax or firmer by using more. Also, as a vegan choice you can add carnauba wax for making this recipe instead of beeswax.
There are many beneficial herbs for the skin and you can add from any of these options like:
· Holy Basil
I totally love essential oils and adding the essential oils into the mixture is optional but some of the essential oils are highly beneficial for the skin health. After all they are strong extracts of various plants, trees, herbs and barks. It is recommended to use only 4% in all preparation. While making salves its only recommended to use just 1% - 2% of the total recipe weight. This will be milder and skin friendly to use on a larger area of skin. For this recipe the dilution recipe is best for use.
BASIC FORMULA FOR THE RECIPE:
1 Cup carrier oil of choice + ½ Cup Dried herbs + 2-4 Tablespoons of beeswax + Essential Oil of Choice (Optional).
So if you are using essential oil there has to be a dilution percentage or ratios that are the right amount for your skin.
Steps to follow:
1. Using the infusion method steep the ½ cup of dried herbs into the 1 cup carrier oil. After the infusion you can use a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Squeeze out the oil well and use the rest of the used herbs for compost.
2. Now add the infused oil into a bowl along with the beeswax and melt it using the bowl on a double boiler. Melt it all completely.
3. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool a bit.
4. Add in the essential oils at the right percentage and mix well.
5. Pour the mixture into your desired container and let it set completely
6. Apply the mixture after completely cooled off.
7. Use as required and the shelf life is 1 year so use with that time period for better benefits.