Mak­ing in­fused OILS & SALVES

Mak­ing your own salves is both cost-ef­fec­tive and sur­pris­ingly sim­ple, and you can use them to sooth and heal burns, bites, rashes and more.

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Health & Wellbeing -

Mak­ing your own herbal salves is a great way to create nat­u­ral first-aid treatments for the whole fam­ily. Salves are sim­ply thick­ened oint­ments that are used to soothe and heal skin. De­pend­ing on the herbs they con­tain, they can be used to treat ev­ery­thing from burns and in­sect bites to rashes, chapped lips and in­flam­ma­tion or dry hands.

Salves are easy to make. All you need is an in­fused oil, beeswax and es­sen­tial oil. The beeswax (or other solid) thick­ens the salve so that it’s eas­ier to ap­ply to the skin. You can play around with the con­sis­tency of your salve, de­pend­ing on how you like it, by adding more or less beeswax.

Cold in­fu­sion

The oil-sol­u­ble com­po­nents of herbs can be ex­tracted by in­fus­ing the herbs in oil, such as olive, sun­flower or al­mond oil, for a pe­riod of time. To make a salve, first make an in­fused oil. The oil is then made thicker with the ad­di­tion of beeswax, and a few drops of es­sen­tial oil are added, if de­sired. Ex­tract­ing the medic­i­nal com­po­nents from herbs is usu­ally done by cold in­fu­sion. How­ever, this will take sev­eral weeks. For a quicker op­tion, you can buy in­fused oils from herbal­ists or online spe­cial­ists.

Hot in­fu­sion

Hot in­fu­sion is used for wood­ier or tougher plant parts. It is a much quicker method and can be com­pleted in just a few hours. Hot oil in­fu­sions are of­ten used for chillis and gin­ger, which can be used to treat sore mus­cles and stiff joints, or for when you want an in­fused oil quickly. How­ever, you must heat the oil very gen­tly, oth­er­wise the ac­tive con­stituents may be de­stroyed. Be­ware that you can de­stroy the health prop­er­ties if you don’t do it cor­rectly.

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