DIY Salve Class
Wether your got a salve kit from me or you are wanting to use your own materials- Here is your step by step guide with photos for learning exactly how to make an herbal + essential oil healing salve! This salve is made using a few drops from Young Livings "Owie" blend as well as a few drops of lavender (found in your starter kit ;) You can also feel free to add other oils like frankincense or copaiba! Lets get started:
STEP 1. Gather your supplies. You will need:
+ 2 measuring cups. I like to use 1 glass 2-cup pyrex as well as a 1 cup glass pyrex. Wash and dry completely. (you do not want ANY water to get into your salve)
+ Measuring spoons.
+ A small to medium sized wooden spoon.
+ 1/4 cup Olive Oil & 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
+ Essential Oils like Owie, Lavender or Frank etc.
+ approx 2 oz or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of organic dried herbs ( I am using, calendula, chamomile & yarrow ) Comes pre measured with the kit.
+ Something to strain out herbs (while saving the herbal oil) I like to use cheesecloth (it can be found at most grocery stores or health food stores.
+ 1 small pot for boiling water to create a double boiler.
STEP 2. Create your double boiler using the pot of water. Fill it up about 1.5 inches with water and begin heating it on the stove. Next place the 2 cup glass pyrex into the pot (i like to let the handle hang over the pot for easy removal) Make sure the water does not over flow into your pyrex when it boils.
STEP 3. Measure out your olive oil & coconut oil. You will need 1/4 cup of olive oil & 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Add to your glass in the double boiler and allow coconut oil to melt. Next add your fully dried loose leaf herbs to the oil. Make sure your flame/heat source is very low so you dont burn your herbs. I usually allow about 30 minutes of heating time and can tell by the aromatic smells released from the herbs heating and infusing in the oil that they are done. If you feel it is getting too hot- simply remove from the flame and allow the oil to cool a bit before replacing until your oil smells nice and herbally. (about 20-30 minutes) * DO NOT add your essential oils yet! (they go in at the very end, I will tell you when to add them)
STEP 4. Once your oil is ready- remove from heat (using a pot holder take out your pyrex from the pot and place on counter to cool) Once the oil is cool enough for you to comfortably handle use your cheese cloth to strain into another container. (compost the old herbs ;) Once oil is strained. Wipe the original pyrex clean (no need to wash yet, just remove the residue with a paper towel and place pyrex back into double boiler)
STEP 5. Once your oil is ready- remove from heat (using a pot holder take out your pyrex from the pot and place on counter to cool) Once the oil is cool enough for you to comfortably handle use your cheese cloth to strain into another container. (compost the old herbs ;) Once oil is strained. Wipe the original pyrex clean (no need to wash yet, just remove the residue with a paper towel and place pyrex back into double boiler) * Make sure you have 1/2 cup of oil left over... The herbs will most likely absorb some that cannot be squezed out- if this happens, simply add more olive oil (or any other nourishing oil like rosehip seed, V6, sunflower etc. just dont add hard coconut oil because it wont mix properly) Once your you have 1/2 cup leave it while you work on the next part. ;)
STEP 6. Now add 1.75 tablespoons of your bees wax to your wiped clean pyrex waiting for you in your double boiler. (the bees wax was included, pre measured if you got a kit from me and can be found in one of the glass salve jars ;) Simply plop all the bees wax into your double boiler and allow to melt completely. Once melted, add your herbal infused oil back to the boiler to begin mixing with the wax. It will coagulate and look funny at first ( i like to use the stick end of my wooden spoon to help break down wax chunks and help with the mixing process)
STEP 7. You are almost done! Once your wax+ herbal infused oil is compltely mixed, remove the pyrex from heat source (make sure its not dripping water all over from the bottom of the pyrex) and begin pouring your oil+beeswax mixture into your jars. This will make about 4 oz of salve. Once your salve mixture is poured into the jars add about 4-10 drops each of whatever essential oil you wish to incorporate into your creation! Yay! Now leave the lids off to cool in a place they wont get bumped into and enjoy your healing herbal home made salve <3
* Cleaning tips : Wipe as much of the beeswax+oil residue off of the dishes/spoons etc as you can using something disposable like napkins or paper towels then use your regular dish soap (thieves ? ;) to clean as you would normally.