Everyone should have an all-purpose homemade healing salve in their medicine cabinet. Small accidents often happen – from minor injuries to minor burns – which require immediate intervention.
I was born clumsy, and I can say that I’m a disaster in the kitchen, but we have to eat and I have to cook. Last week, while I was frying fish, a nasty hot oil drop jumped on my face. My cheek was on fire and burning like hell. I washed my face with cold water immediately and apply some honey over the affected area to get rid of the burning sensation. It worked, but I couldn’t get rid of that awful blister that was growing on my cheek.
In order to prevent scar appearance I grabbed the following ingredients to prepare a Homemade Wound Healing Salve. This salve has been used for decades by my family to treat minor injuries and to fade away minor scars. Due to its healing ingredients no boo-boo will stay in its way!
- 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of dried lavender
- 1/3 cup of dried calendula
- 4 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
- 1 tablespoon of honey optional
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
1. In a double boiler, combine the coconut oil, olive oil. Allow the coconut oil to melt over low heat. Once melted, add in the dried lavender and calendula. Keeping the heat on low, allow the herbs to infuse for 30 minutes.
2. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a large glass or metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water
3. After 30 minutes, prepare a small bowl with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Pour the mixture through the filter, filtering out the herbs. With the infused oil in the bowl below.
4. Return the infused oil to the double boiler (be sure to clean out any remaining dried herbs). Over low heat, add the beeswax, stirring until melted. Add the honey, stirring for about a minute. Turn off the heat and add the essential oils (tea tree and lavender).
5. Pour the mixture into one large jar or two small jars (2-4oz. jars work well for me). The mixture will begin to solidify. If you’re using honey, stir every minute or two. The mixture takes about 5-10 minutes to fully set. Once set, it’s ready to use and will keep for 12 months at room temperature.