Saturday, October 2, 2021

MAKE IT: Herbed Gardening Salve

herb salveI love permaculture, and have a spiral herb garden in which I grow some plants which have traditionally been used for medicine, along with a handful of culinary herbs. I also wildcraft other plants that I use medicinally. For this salve, I use a combination of wildcrafted and cultivated plants. However, many of these plants can also be purchased if you cannot find your own. Use whenever your hands need a little extra care!


  • 2 tablespoons dried broadleaf plantain leaf
  • 1 tablespoon dried calendula flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried yarrow flowers
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried Sweet Annie artemisia (optional)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of the herb oil
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) of beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter


  • Place oil and herbs in top of a double boiler. Simmer on low for around 3 hours. Strain oil, discard herbs (I use cheesecloth to help with this process). Store herb oil in clean, covered glass container.
  • In double boiler, melt beeswax, shea butter, and herb oil.
  • Pour into clean container. To store, keep in cool and dark place. Use whenever hands need a little care!



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MB, an ADK 46-R, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Online MPH Program at George Mason University. In her free time, she can usually be found scampering up and over mountains whilst munching on eggplant bacon, writing odd things, or doing zoomies with Sig and Bella, the shollie and entledoodle dynamic duo who own me. She can also be found at:


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