DIY SKIN-HEALING Herbal Salve Recipe
Medicine can be a humbling art. And it is just that, an art. I think that's why medicine speaks to me so deeply, because not only am I fascinated with the science of physiology, biochemistry and mechanisms of illness, I am moved by art, creativity and creation. Creating a treatment plan, a formula, or actually medicine-making isn't solely based on using x for y, but considering the individual rather than just the illness.
We had an assignment this Spring term to create an herbal first-aid kit, and though my mind went first to a hiking survival kit or a jet lag carry-on cure-all, I was inspired by the new moms in my life. As I watch these women embark on motherhood, I thought of how wonderful it would be to create a New Mama Care Package to pamper those selfless women who treat everyone but themselves.
Included in the kit I had a remedy for promoting breast milk production and flow, crib and pillow mist, stress and emotional support, and an after-delivery uterine tonic. But my crème de la crème was my Stretch & Tear Repair salve for stretch marks and post-delivery tearing. I formulated using incredibly feminine and nourishing oils, and upon creation realized it was too good, although effective, to be confined to its initial intention. I melted right along with the salve in its application, and affectionately it became the Goddess Salve.
I recall making salve for the first time in a botanical medicine-making class. It was an incredibly frustrating experience and our group's salve never reached the desired consistency. Anxious of failure, I wondered how many attempts it would take to create a salve on my own. But, luckily with the aid of a helpful formula, my salve turned out the first go, and is the perfect melt-under-touch consistency.
The trick is 7 parts base oil: 1 part beeswax.
For my base oil, I crafted a Skin Repair & Rejuvention Oil using the quick-method for herb-infused oils (click link for more on herb-infused oils). I used 20 grams of dried, loose herb, and added 1 1/2 cups of grape seed oil to a crockpot set on low overnight. My choice herbs were:
7 g. Plantago lanceolata (Plantain)
7 g. Centella asciatica (Gotu kola)
6 g. Calendula officinalis (Calendula, Marigold)
- Plantago lanceolata (Plantain) is an excellent connective tissue tonic containing a compound, allantoin, that "knits" connective tissue together. It is an essential wound-healer for every herbal first-aid kit.
- Centella asciatica (Gotu kola) is a favourite for all connective tissue indications. It speeds up collagen formation and increases blood flow to wounds for increased available antioxidants and blood components for tissue healing. It is an anti-fibrotic, decreasing the appearance of scars and internally for fibrosis of organs.
- Calendula officinalis (Calendula) has been a feature herb of a previous articles where I described it essentially as the "polysporin" of the herbal world. The sunny flower contains compounds called xanthophyls that promote the initial skin layer after an injury.
- Grape seed oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds for skin that strengthens collagen and maintains elastin for a more youthful skin appearance.
This recipe makes over 1 cup of Skin Repair & Rejuvenation oil, so you'll have plenty leftover after making the Goddess Salve below.
More on other ingredients...
- Pomegranate oil is a highly nutritious fatty acid for the skin that balances pH and condition of skin's surface. It is anti-inflammatory and cell regenerating to increase elasticity of the skin.
- Vitamin E oil (mixed tocopherols) acts a preservative and promotes skin regeneration.
- Pure Rose essential oil prevents wounds from developing infection and improves skin texture and health.
While I love this incredibly feminine salve, a couple alterations can make very different skin-healing products with your leftover base Skin Repair & Rejuvenation oil.
- Instead of pomegranate oil try Rose hip oil for collagen regeneration or Arnica oil to speed recovery from bruising
- Change the scent and energetics of your salve by using different essential oils such as lavender, jasmine, rose geranium, peppermint, sandalwood, or bergamot
GODDESS SALVE RECIPE
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 7 tbsp Skin Repair & Rejuvention Oil
- 1 tsp Pomegranate oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)
- 20-30 drops of Pure Rose essential oil
1. To make the Skin Repair & Rejuvenation oil, weigh 20 g. of dried herb and add to crockpot with 1 1/2 cups of grape seed oil. I used Plantago lanceolata, Gotu kola, and Calendula officinalis. Set on low temperature overnight and strain oil with a cheese cloth.
See my article for an alternative solar method.
2. Melt beeswax in double-boiler. See my past article for how to set up a double-boiler.
3. Add skin repair & rejuvenation oil, pomegranate oil, and vitamin E.
4. Stir to mix with spatula and test salve by dabbing on skin and allowing to cool or checking consistency on spatula. Add more beeswax if too runny (this may be the case if you used an oil alternative to grape seed oil in your base oil).
5. Add pure Rose essential oil & stir. Remove from heat soon after adding essential oil to preserve scent.
6. Pour into tins and let stand to cool.
7. Once fully cooled, seal and label your creations.
Make your own salves? What are your herbal mixtures?
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