It’s very easy to make salves, balms and ointments for everyday first aid uses and sore muscles. These inexpensive homemade salves can replace many over the counter remedies for everyday family needs.
Anti-infection/Healing Salve–Mix 1 Tablespoon coconut oil with a pinch of ground comfrey root and about 1/4 teaspoon or so of goldenseal root (or empty one capsule full into the mixture). Add 2 drops tea tree oil, if desired, for added anti-infection benefits. Mix well and store in sealed container, out of the light. Apply to cuts, scrapes or other minor injuries after washing with soap and water. Can also help speed healing of minor burns, after initial burn has cooled.
Muscle Soothing Salve–Mix 3 Tablespoons coconut oil with 5 drops peppermint oil, 2-3 drops lavender (optional, but it adds to the benefits), 1/2 teaspoon crushed comfrey root. Store in sealed container, out of the light. Rub into sore joints, muscles and feet. Feels especially good right after a bath or right before bed, but good any time. Comfrey is very good for healing, so if you injure a bone or a muscle, this salve can help generate new cell growth.
Cuticle Soothing/Healing Salve–Mix 1 Tablespoon coconut oil with 3 drops lavender, 2 drops tea tree oil, and a pinch of crushed calendula flowers. Store in sealed container, away from light.
Burn Treatment–Aloe gel is by far the best treatment for a burn. If you have a place in your kitchen for a live plant, that is the way to go. Cut or break a fleshy leaf off and squeeze the gel right onto the burn for immediate cooling relief. If this isn’t an option, get a bottle of natural aloe gel, with little or no additives in it (no colorings!) and keep it in your refrigerator so it will be nice and cool. This is good for after sun care and sunburns as well.
These salves will melt very easily, as coconut oil has a low melting point. If you want to make them more portable, so they don’t melt as easily, you can melt a bit of beeswax or candelilla wax and add it to them. This is most easily done by getting wax in small beads or shaved wax (cutting or shaving it yourself is VERY hard) and melting it in a small slow cooker or double boiler, along with the coconut oil on low heat. Then add the other ingredients and pour into your container. I usually don’t bother with the wax, unless it’s summer and even then I sometimes just keep the salve in the fridge.
Happy salve making, good luck and good health!
Hello! My name is Angie Webster. I am enthusiastic about sharing Reiki, herbalism, flower essences, and reflexology, I have studied and practiced herbalism for over 30 years, over time adding other healing practices, such as Bach flower essences, crystals, reflexology and aromatherapy. I am a Reiki Master Teacher and a freelance writer. You can see my writing at https://naturalholisticlife.wordpress.com/and on www.reikirays.com as well as, Elephant Journal and Be You Media, among others. I am the author of Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing and other books, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other locations.