How to make a comfrey lavender salve…
A salve is an ointment made with healing properties from medicinal herbs. And as with most things I try and do, this comfrey lavender salve recipe is super duper easy man. You can literally make a salve with any dried herbs or oils. I choose to make a comfrey and lavender salve because well, if you don’t know by now comfrey is just straight up amazing and lavender is just heavenly.
How do you use a salve?
A salve is used just like an ointment would be. You take a small amount and you rub it into the problem area. Salves could be used for body and muscle aches, burns, mild wounds and scrapes or even used for dry cracked skin.
Salves tend to be thick and used for healing rather than a daily routine. But to each their own, if you like the thick…..salve it up my friend.
How do you make a salve?
There are a few ways to make a salve. You can use dried herbs from your garden or from Mountain Rose Herbs, which I’ve been super pleased with. Or you can add essential oils to it. When using dried herbs you need to make an infused oil with it. You can cold steep it for ten weeks like my husband is doing with some comfrey. Or if you’re impatient like I am, you can crock pot it for 3-4 hours. So…
…Let the crock potting begin!
What you’ll need for your lavender comfrey salve:
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Carrier oil of choice (olive, jojoba, almond, hemp, fractionated coconut…)
Beeswax: 2 tablespoons for every 1 cup of oil
***I happen to have a little baby crock pot that came with our crock pot. Feel free to use your regular crock pot or you can use a double broiler as well. A double broiler if you’re unfamiliar, is a pot with water on the bottom and a bowl or another pot that fits on top. This helps heat stuff without putting direct flame on to it.
- To make the infused oil, place dried herbs in a crock pot and pour enough oil to cover the herbs. So the amount can vary depending on what you have and or need. You can use what ever oil tickles your fancy. I used olive oil here. But avocado oil, apricot oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil are also great options. So, in whatever cooking method you choose, place herbs and oil in and cook for about 3-4 hours. The longer the better but you can still get a nice oil from 3-4 hours.
2. Once your oil is done, strain out the liquid into a pot. I used a jar and that was pointless because I made a mess and I had to just transfer it anyway to a pot. 🤦🏼♀️ So save yourself the oily mess and strain in into a pot.
3. Now add your beeswax. Melt down your beeswax but make sure not to bring to a boil. So you are going to have to watch this part carefully. Once your wax is melted turn heat off and add 20-30 drops of your choice of essential oil and 5-10 drops of vitamin E.
4. You’re done homie, pour into a glass container and bam you got yourself some lavender comfrey salve. See now wasn’t that easy peasy. Feel free to use whichever way you’d like.
If you are patient and want to use the cold method….
Because some of you are and that my friend is down right admirable. To make a cold infused oil, simply place dried herbs in a mason jar or glass container. Pour carrier oil of choice until it covers it. Place a lid on and steep for 6-10 weeks in a dark cool space.
***If using fresh herbs from the garden, be sure to rinse and DRY. Not ensuring that your herb is dry puts your oil at risk for growing mold.
Once the 6-10 weeks are up, strain out your herb mass from your oil and simply skip the crock part step of this recipe.
And if you really want to be fancy….
There is also what is called solar infused oil, which are the same steps as above but you place outside or on a sunny window and allow the sun to infuse the oil. Allow to steep for 2-4 weeks. When using either method remember to shake and move around the oil and herbs everyday or a few times a week. I like to send it some good juju while I’m shaking it and just repeat a little prayer, if you will. Whatever I’m making will be used for my family or someone I care about. So sending out that good energy or juju only makes your infused oil that much stronger. That is it my friend, enjoy!
Learn more about the benefits of comfrey here!
Also, check out my step-by-step instructions on how to make a comfrey poultice!
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