How to make a herbal salve

By Ben Heron

What is a herbal salve?

A salve is an essential part of every Herbal First Aid Chest. The oily medium is good for carrying the fat-soluble properties of the herbs deep into the skin and surrounding tissues.

What is a herbal salve used for?

For abrasions, bruises, strains, dry skin, chest rub and lip balm.

Which herbs can I use to make a salve?

How do I make a salve?

Prep Time
30 mins

Cook Time
15 mins

Cooling Time
2 hours


  • 100ml Infused herbal oil
  • 15g Beeswax
  • Optional: essential oils, 5-10 drops per 100mL


  • Salve jars
  • Heat-proof bowl
Calendula salve


  • First you will need to make an infused oil. You can find a recipe here.
  • Take 100ml of your infused herbal oil
  • Warm in a bain-marie, add 15g beeswax until it has melted.
  • Take it off the heat.
  • Whilst it is still warm add any essential oils you want to.
  • Pour this into some salve jars. 
  • Allow to cool and then add a lid, label and store.


  • Apply as you need a few times a day.
  • To see if the salve will set to the right consistency and has enough beeswax in, take a teaspoon of the hot oil, place it on a saucer and put it in the fridge. If it sets after a few minutes then you are ready. If not, add a little more beeswax.

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