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Herbal Balms and Salves

Infused herbal oils form a great basis for salves and balms,or you can use a plain vegetable oil such as jojoba or olive. Heat the infused oil together in a double boiler with beeswax until the wax is completely melted. Check the consistency by placing a few drops on a cool plate, the more wax, the firmer the salve. A good working ratio to start with is about 1 part wax to 4 parts oil for body salves, and 1 part wax to 2.5 parts oil for lip balms. Pour will warm into jars or tins. Add essential oils for increased fragrance and potency.

Quick Salve: Fresh or dried herbs are covered with water, brought to a boil in a enamel or stainless steel pot. Use spring water. After the mixture comes to a boil, simmer for 30 minutes. Strain. Add to an equal amount of olive or safflower oil. Return to the pot and simmer until the water is gone. Remove from flame and add enough beeswax to give a thicker consistency. Test by putting a teaspoonful on a cool plate. If it thickens at once, the amount of wax is correct. Stir and bottle will still hot.