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 Mitcham

MB (Marybeth) holds graduate and doctoral degrees in public health nutrition and public health education. Her work for Cornell University Extension allows her to provide nutrition and healthy living education to members of the Warren County community. When not working, this ADK 46-R can be found climbing all over the mountains of the Northeastern United States, munching on eggplant bacon, or doing zoomies with her shollie, Sig.


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