Healing Salve

I taught a group of 1st-3rd graders how to make this salve yesterday. If they can do it, you can too.

This takes an otherwise silky, moisturizing salve and bumps it up a notch with the healing powers of calendula and plantain. Both are excellent for your healing everyday cuts, scratches, and scrapes, but I have found calendula to be excellent at healing infected or hard to heal wounds, and plantain to be excellent for eczema that is easily irritated by other oils and lotions.

Healing Salve Recipe:

1 part infused plantain oil

1 part infused calendula oil

2 parts beeswax

1 part cocoa or Shea butter

1/2 part lanolin

5-10 drops of essential oil for scent (optional)

Melt all the ingredients in a double boiler. Pour into a heat proof container. It’s that simple.

When I made it with my group of girls, we did some as chapsticks too, because what little girl doesn’t like her own chapstick. We also poured some in a jar to use as salve.

If you don’t know how to make an infused oil, refer to my post on making your own garlic oil, and simply sub calendula flowers and plantain for the garlic in the instructions.

You can also skip the infused oil and use plain olive or almond oil if you prefer to have the moisturizing properties for everyday use without the healing powers of calendula and plantain.