I 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!