July 25, 2015 - Herbal Salve underway. Here is my bowlful of chopped up herbs. Included are:
Calendula, Catnip, Cinquefoil, Comfrey, Echinacea, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Lemon Balm, Marshmallow, Oregano, Plantain, Sage, St. John's Wort, Sanicle, Thyme, Wood Betony, Woundwort (self heal), Yarrow and Yellow Dock.
I think that should just about cover everything! After chopping up the appropriate part of the herb and putting them in the stainless steel or pyrex baking container, cover the herbs with olive oil. Go over the top of the herbs about 1/4" with the olive oil. Start the oven about 300 degrees, lower it to 225 degrees and bake the herbs 3-4 hours. Shut the oven off and let the concoction cool naturally.
Next it is necessary to strain/separate the herbs from the oil. A stainless steel colander works well. Get as much of the healing oil as possible by squishing/pressing the mixture with a gloved hand (whatever works) I had used 1/2 gallon of olive oil (64 oz) to cover my cut up herbs. To make a salve, bees wax must be added to the strained oil. The ratio is 1 oz bees wax to 8 oz of the strained oil. Just heat the mixture on the stove until the beeswax melts.......then pour into whatever container you have decided to use for your herbal healing salve.