experimental salve

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Raise your hand if you were never taught to make anything by hand. Yep. Me too. I was recently gifted   a fun book on making home remedies for almost any ailment you can think of. When I got to the page on how to make your own salve (for small burns, cuts and dry skin/lips) I thought, hey, this doesn't look like rocket science. Let's give it a whirl.

So here, ladies and gentlemen, is my first attempt at making my own salve. I'll have you know it was successful and I even documented it.

You should also know that I was a bit of a co-op virgin before this experiment so my time in the "essential oil" isle was prolonged significantly by the fact that I had no idea what the H I was
looking for. Moving on.

Step 1::: grate up some beeswax

Step 2::: Heat it up in a measuring cup in some simmering water and add in grape seed oil and whatever
              essential oil you want.

Step 3::: Once it's all melted and mixed together, stick 'er in the fridge and let it cool to a paste. 

I ended up storing this stuff in a cute glass jar and using it for chapped lips and those tiny cracks in your skin that happen when it's like -23 degrees outside. It's making this winter a little more tolerable. 

Hooray for February! We are making seasonal progress, people.


  1. What a great idea! And it definitely doesn't look too hard. Winters always make my lips really chapped so I might have to try this out!


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