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Thursday, April 6, 2017

DIY - Healing Boo Boo salve

This is a great salve to always have in hand; you never know when you might need to use it, especially if you have small children. So I make large batches, as it lasts a long time and keep it available in a couple of places around the house.
It is easy to make but be careful of your temperature as the herbs are very delicate and can char pretty fast which would ruin their healing properties.

So here you go:





Healing Boo Boo Salve

Ingredients:
·       1/2 cup coconut oil (proven to help heal burns - plus it’s anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, & a great moisturizer)
·       1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (full of vitamins & a great moisturizer)
·       1/4 cup dried comfrey (a herb for healing woulds)
·       1/4 cup dried calendula (a herb for healing woulds & skin irritations)
·       2oz beeswax (equals out to 2 of the 1oz bars or 4 tablespoons)
·       2 tablespoons of honey (natural moisturizer with anti-microbial properties)
·       10 drops lavender essential oil (anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, & analgesic) (optional)

All of these ingredients work together to create a really powerful healing salve.  I added a link with each ingredient to take you to a page to read more about each individual element, as well as wrote a little summary as to why I use each one.
Directions:
In a medium saucepan – combine the coconut oil, olive oil, comfrey, & calendula. Cook on low to medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring often. You can also for-go the cooking method to get more ‘healing zip’ from the herbs by soaking the herbs in the olive oil for 2 to 6 weeks (longer you soak, more healing properties get infused).  Then you would follow the rest of the recipe accordingly, with the exception of adding the coconut oil to the mixture before adding in the beeswax.
Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.
Toss the herbs & wipe out any remaining herbs from your
saucepan.  Add the strained oil back to your pot, turn the heat to low.  Stir in the honey at this point until mixed thoroughly.   Note, having the honey mix in evenly can be somewhat tedious, so you can opt to omit it if you wish.
Next is to add the beeswax.  If you’re using bars, cut into slices before adding as I did.  Stir until completely melted.
Stir in the essential oil, if using, at this point.  Once combined, remove from the heat.
You’ll want to work quickly now as the salve starts to set up rather fast.  Pour into the glass or tin container(s) of your choice.
Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure that everything settles properly, especially the honey. Once it sets up, you’re all done.  
Each batch makes a little over 16 oz.
Seal it up & keep it on hand for your boo-boos, diaper rash, & dry skin.  It keeps for a year.

Happy Healing!



Recipe courtesy of MrsHappyHomemaker.com

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