The past few weeks, I’ve been working on batches of healing salves, both for custom orders and to stock our soon-to-open Etsy store. We grow the herbs with all organic methods (of course!), and dry them in a solar dehydrator, utilizing only the energy of the sun. Other ingredients in the salves include local beeswax from natural beekeepers, and organic oils.
The herbs (such as calendula, above) are infused into organic coconut oil and organic olive oil by sun-infusion or by simmering in a double boiler for 6-8 hours. Don’t the blossoms turn the oil a lovely sunny shade?
All of the salves are made in small batches with custom essential oil scents. As of right now, I’m making four types of salves:
Calendula-Plantain Soothe Salve for rashes, ezcema, and dry irritated skin.
Arnica-Vervain Bruise Balm for bumps, bruises and sports injuries.
Comfrey Bone Balm for broken bones, bone bruises, sprains.
All-purpose Healing Salve with Calendula, Lavender, Plantain, Rosemary, Yarrow.
While the salves are cooling and setting up on the counter (and filling the house with the soothing scent of sweet orange oil and cedarwood), I’m off to print labels for the tins. The rest of the day is filled with prep for homeschool co-op tomorrow, Life of Fred mathematics, and some fall clean-up garden projects.
Blessings on your weekend!