How To Make A Salve Or Balm: Easy Herbal Home Medicine

How to Make a Salve or Balm: Easy Herbal Home Medicine

A salve is a combination of soft oils and a hardener, such as beeswax or petroleum jelly. The beeswax or hardener makes the oils more workable and less sloppy to apply. Most recipes for salves ask for 1 part beeswax per 3 parts oil. These are measured by weight not by volume. Adding more oil will make the salve thinner. Adding more beeswax, makes the salve thicker. Essential oils or vitamin E oils are added at the end of the process as a preservative. This is important since all oils can go rancid over time.

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Apple: Nature’s Bandage

Apple: Nature’s Bandage

Malus domestica/sylvestrus a.k.a.: Fruit of the Gods, Fruit of the Underworld, The Silver Bough Although apple is familiar as food in our kitchens, an herbalist has to return to the old almanacs for reminders of its medicinal properties. It's surprising…

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Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to The Practical Herbalist. Our mission is to promote education on practical herbalism and homesteading. We have over 350 articles on our site and more are added every week. Herbal Blessings from The Practical Herbalists, Sue Sierralup√©, Candace Hunter,…

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