Chickweed Salve
2 part Chickweed
2 part Plantain
1 part Comfrey Leaf
Olive oil
Tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E
Notes - If 1 part equals 1/3 cup then you will need 12 - 14 ounces of oil and about 1 ounce of beeswax. Use this salve to soothe itching caused by insect bites and rashes, and to aid healing of minor skin irritations.

St. John's Wort Salve

1 part St. John's Wort
1 part Calendula
1 part Comfrey leaf
1 part Plantain
Olive Oil
Tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E

Great all purpose salve. Use for insect bites, itching, wounds, burns and on fungal infections.

Baby Salve

1 part St. John's Wort
2 part Calendula
1 part Comfrey leaf
1 part Comfrey root
1 part Plantain
Olive Oil
Tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E

Goldenseal Salve

1 part Goldenseal Root
1 part Comfrey Root
1 part Calendula
1 part Echinacea
1 part Myrrh
Olive Oil
Tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E
Use this salve to prevent infection and aid in the healing of wounds.

Black Walnut Salve

2 part Black Walnut
2 part Chaparral
1 part Myrrh
1 part Burdock
1 part Echinacea
Olive Oil
Tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E
Optional - Tea Tree Oil - 10 drops per ounce
This salve is primarily used to fight fungal infections such as, eczema, ringworm, and athletes foot.

Dreamtime Salve

2 part Mugwort
1 part Rosemary
1/2 part Spearmint
1/2 part Calendula
1/2 part Sage
1/4 part Lavender
Olive Oil
Tincture of Benzoin or Vitamin E
Apply Dreamtime Salve to your temples at bedtime to encourage imaginative dreams.

Eucalyptus Salve / Chest Rub

30 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
40 drops Camphor essential oil
15 drops Wintergreen essential oil
1 ounce Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Beeswax
Melt the beeswax in the olive oil. Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir, pour into salve container and label. Eucalyptus salve is used to relieve respiratory congestion.

Directions for Making Salve:

These recipes require you to use parts rather than a specific volume of each herb. This technique allows you to easily adapt the recipe.

If you want a small amount of salve you can choose one tablespoon as your part, if you want a large amount of salve you might choose 1/2 - 1 cup as your part.

The amount of oil needed is enough to completely cover the herbs, plus an inch of oil above the level of the herbs.

The tricky part of this is determining exactly how much beeswax is needed to harden the salve. You can approximate the proportions based on the following equivalents. One pint of oil will need about 1 1/2 ounces of beeswax, or one ounce of oil will need about 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax. There are about 5 teaspoons of beeswax in an ounce.

If you intend to make your salve using freshly collected plants, you will want to clean them. Do this by shaking them to remove dirt then spread the herbs out to allow them to air dry for several hours ( until wilted ) to reduce the moisture content. Fresh chickweed, for example, contains a lot of moisture and this water content could cause your salve to spoil quickly.

To begin your salve, measure the desired amount of herbs into an enamel or stainless steel pan, or into a crock pot. Cover the herbs with oil. Use enough oil to cover the herbs plus another inch of oil above the level of herbs.

Heat the herbs and oil over a low heat for several hours ( about 3 hours). If you are using roots you should heat the oil longer( about 5 hours). I strongly encourage you to use a crock pot for heating your oil because it operates at a controlled low temperature which is less likely to be a fire hazard. If you don't use a crock pot then use a double boiler.

After heating, cool your oil for awhile.
Set up a strainer lined with cheesecloth then pour the oil through to strain. When most of the oil has filtered through the cheesecloth, pick up the cheesecloth, keeping the herbs enclosed, and squeeze as much oil as possible from the herbs and cloth.

Add beeswax to the oil and heat it until all the wax is melted. To test to see if your salve is hard enough, put some on a spoon and set it in a cool place for a few minutes. If your salve is too soft, add more beeswax.

If you are using essential oils, Tincture of Benzoin, or Vitamin E., you can blend them in now. Finally, pour your salve into containers and label.

1 oz dried comfrey leaves
1 oz dried calendula flowers
2 cups olive oil
1 oz pure beeswax
4 drops tea tree
4 drops lavender esential oils
1 400 vit E

Heat herbs in olive oil over low heat for about 5 hours. Do not let the oil boil or bubble. A Crock-Pot or the lowest temperature setting on a range should be suitable for heating this mixture. (If the lowest setting is too hot, turn off the heat once it has warmed the oil...it should keep warm for at least and hour....then repeat the process twice.) After cooking, strain out the herbs while oil is still warm. Place 1 1/4 cups of the herb oil in a pan, add beeswax and heat just enough to melt the wax. Add essential oil and stir. Finally, pour the salve into widemouthed jars. Store at room temperature. Use for minor scrapes and cuts, to protect and promote healing.

Source:The Herbal Home Remedy Book. Joyce Wardwell.

This multipurpose salve provides relief to sore muscles, reduces inflammation, heals scrapes, relieves minor burns, and even provides a measure of protections from biting insects. Excellent chest rub to break up congestion.
1 part plantain leaf (topically healing and soothing)
1 part lavender blossom (antiseptic, topically healing, pain relieving, repels insects)
1 part peppermint leaf (cooling, anti-spasmodic, and pain relieving)
1 part thyme leaf (antiseptic and antifungal, increases blood flow to the area, healing and astringent)

This blend is suitable for all manner of sore or chapped skin that accompanies having babies, including cracked nipples, chapped bottoms, perineal stitches, stretch marks, and diaper rash. It can also bet used safely on delicate elderly skin. It relieves inflammation, is mildly antimicrobial, and soothes irritated tissues
2 parts plantain leaf (topically healing)
1 part violet flower (soothing, healing, and antimicrobial in action)
1 part mullein flowers (reduces swelling and inflammation)

This salve promotes rapid cell growth so wounds heal quickly with reduced scarring. Do not use this salve over infected or dirty skin, as new tissue can grown right over the infection, complicating the wound. 2 parts St.-John's-wort flower (stimulates nerve endings to heal)
1 part balsam poplar buds (anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and paints a thin protective resin over cut to keep wound clean)
1 part crushed rose hips (or vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil to every 4 tablespoons herb oil)
Optional ingredient: 1 part white pine pitch, for salve effective against those cracks you get in the sides of your fingers from working in the garden too much (chilblains)

These herbs may be made into a salve, to help heal broken and cracked skin, or a vinegar to help relieve itching when the skin is not broken. Dilute vinegar by two-thirds with water before applying to cracked or open tissues. It stains the skin, as iodine does. This formula works well for athlete's foot, ringworm, and ectopic or eczematous skin conditions.
1 part walnut husks (antifungal)
1 part thyme leaf (antiseptic)
1 part rose leaf (astringent)
1 part plantain leaf (soothing)

This is a favorite salve for bringing heat to an area and providing a measure of pain relief. Rub on your chest and sinuses to break up congestion, on your feet at the end of a long day, on your hands before going out to work in cold soil, or on sore muscles. It can also be used as a daily application to get rid of those tiny red spider veins that form on legs, arms, neck, and face. Warning: Don't get this salve near your eyes or delicate tissues. Use 190-proof alcohol when making this herb oil to be sure to extract the essences of ginger and popular into the oil. 1 part inner poplar bark (reduces inflammation and relieves pain)
1 part grated fresh gingerroot (increases circulation)