Spring is here and as with every springtime, there is always lots to do in the yard to get ready for summer. We’re busy preparing the garden, cleaning up flower beds and starting projects or just doing the usual work around the farm. With all these activities comes the minor inconveniences of the season, bugs that bite, stings, poison ivy and so on. I’m prone to poison ivy rashes and don’t want to go to the walk-in for an expensive ointment every time I get a rash.
I found this wonderful homemade healing salve that uses ingredients that we have on hand. It’s easy to make a batch and I keep jars of it in the house, camper and garage.
The many uses for this salve include bug bites, stings, small cuts, poison ivy, and other minor wounds (this isn’t a replacement for medical help – if you’re hurt go to a doctor!).
Homemade Healing Salve
4 – 4 ounce glass jars or whatever size you’d like the salve in
1 cup cold pressed coconut oil
1 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons beeswax pellets
3 to 4 drops vitamin E (optional)
10 drops lavender essential oil in each jar
8 drops lemon essential oil in each jar
6 drops tea tree essential oil in each jar
Put the coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax pellets and vitamin E (optional) in a double boiler. Heat the pot over low to medium heat. Slowly melt the ingredients & stir often, about 15 – 20 minutes.
To each jar add the essential oils.
Once the mixture is melted carefully pour into each jar to within a half inch from the rim. No need to stir as the oils will blend on their own.
Cover the jars with paper towel & let the jars cool until the salve hardens – about 12 hours. Secure lids tightly after the salve has hardened. The consistency of salve will be soft but solid enough not to splash around in the jar.
Use as needed on bug bites and stings, poison ivy etc.
Break down of these ingredients:
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and antibacterial.
Olive oil is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic. It also helps to prevent scaring.
Lemon is a natural cleanser and purifying properties.
Tea tree oil prevents and treats infections. It also has antiseptic properties.
The vitamin E is an antioxidant and is also used as a natural preservative.
I like this salve because it is a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and astringent. I also like the thought of not having all kinds of chemicals absorbed into my body from factory made ointments.