Herbs are renowned for their ability to soothe rashes, bug bites, minor cuts and other common skin irritations. If you’ve got an herb garden at home or access to herbs at your local market, why not try making an herb-infused balm?
Simply place a handful or two of dried herbs in a clean, dry jar (make sure it’s completely dry – you don’t want mold to start growing) and cover the herbs with oil. Seal the jar and keep it in a sunny place for a couple of weeks. Give it a shake every so often. After its time in the sun, strain the oil with cheesecloth, squeezing every bit of oil out of the herbs. Hello Natural recommends the following infusions:
- Calendula: For a general healing salve
- Rose + Chamomile: For calming and soothing
- Peppermint + Lavender: For headaches
- Dried herbs (peppermint, lavender, chamomile, calendula, etc)
- Carrier oil (olive, almond, jojoba, etc)
- Beeswax (2 tablespoons for each ¼ cup of oil)
- Lidded containers
- Essential oils
- Infuse oils for 2-3 weeks in a tightly sealed container. If you see mold growing, you need to toss it and start again.
- Strain out the herbs
- Combine oil and beeswax in saucepan or double broiler over low heat
- When melted pour into clean containers and add essential oils if desired
- Let salve cool and harden
- Store in lidded container in cool, dry place.