Healing Salves

Healing SalveBurnsey, which is the name of our dog to be and my current secret name for D, is the inspiration for this post. Because D has this awful habit of pouring hot water on his hand and down his chest when trying to make tea in the kitchen, I have put together this healing salve to help speed his scar recovery.

This Calendula and Lavender Healing Salve is a rich salve that moisturizes dry skin with a light Lavender and Chamomile scent. Using organic Lavender and Calendula infused oils, we’ve added pure local Ontario Beeswax until it is just the right consistency. The Lavender flower scent helps relieve headaches, especially those that are stress-related and helps preserve the salve for years to come. Calendula helps heal the skin of ulcerations, is antifungal, antiseptic and is excellent at promoting cell regeneration. Sweet hints of Chamomile blend the herbs together and calm any frazzled nerves you may have. A small amount of the salve melts into skin and a little goes a long way.
1 oz. $8

Calendula and Lavender Healing Salve

  • Oil infusion of Calendula
  • Oil infusion of Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile essential oil
  • Ontario beeswax

Many people are intimidated with making salves, but it is quite easy once you break it down into steps.

As always, I have elected to do things the old fashioned way, using methods tested over the centuries. Cold oil infusions were prepared by pouring olive oil over dried plant material and left to sit on our window sill, heating up in the 40C in our horrible Ontario weather. As the plant material is dry, adding heat and being immersed in oil, the active ingredients which are housed behind cell walls are released into the oil. Patience has its values: 6 weeks later (or once you decide that sufficient time has elapsed) I strained the plant material through a cheesecloth extracting as much oil as possible (and surprisingly little on the counter) and blended my infusions over a double boiler with beeswax. Preparations were poured into stylish metal 1 oz tins and allowed to set. This recipe yielded 12 x 1 oz Healing Salves.

D’s remarks: “Smelled delicious, very soothing on the skin. Is it edible?”

Yes dear it is, but not meant for that.

Marion Alyson Prokop
Marion Alyson Prokop


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