Making Homemade Skin Salves with Herb-Infused Oils with Maria Noël Groves

Making Homemade Skin Salves with Herb-Infused Oils with Maria Noël Groves

Welcome! I’m Maria Noel groves. Owner of
Wintergreen Botanicals and author of Body Into Balance and Grow Your Own
Herbal Remedies. Today we are here with Mountain Rose Herbs to make a herbal
salve and we already made some really lovely plantain oil so this is something
we could use for soothing the skin, occasional itching. And we’re gonna
basically just melt it down with some beeswax and turn it into a salve
consistency. And this is something that you can do to make lip balm but you can
also use it to make a wide array of various healing salve, it’s a really
easy remedy to make and the finished product was really beautiful and
relatively shelf stable as well. So the first thing that we’re gonna need to do
is prep our beeswax and I usually prefer to get chunks of beeswax and then break
it up into smaller pieces for easier melting. You can also get the pastilles
and Mountain Rose Herbs has really lovely pastilles that work quite nicely
so they’re already broken up. But I do find that in the general commerce a lot
of times those pastilles are already rancid when you get them which is really pretty unfortunate and it’s surprising because beeswax, normally when
it’s in this hard state, has a really good shelf life and usually is not
likely to go rancid. I have a beeswax chunk about 1 ounce that I’ve been
passing around in class now for over 10 years and it’s probably a little grimy
and gross but it actually hasn’t gone rancid yet so I don’t know why
granulated beeswax tends to be rancid in the commercial herb market but
oftentimes it is. So to break this up you can do a couple different things you
could use a knife and do it that way you could use a grater but I really prefer
this method that I learned from Nancy and Michael Phillips over in New
Hampshire where you wrap it up in a clean cloth and whack it with a hammer
so it’s a little bit of hard core but it’s easier it’s faster and you will
potentially ruin your cloth but besides that it’s pretty pretty easy for the
cleanup. In the case of using a knife or a grater it’s really difficult to get
that beeswax off that grater off that knife afterwards so you could
potentially end up ruining your kitchen supplies so in this case we just have a
clean cloth that’s gonna get ruined. And so I like to use something that’s
kind of a nice tight weave so an old dish cloth or an old cloth napkin works
really well for this. And you’re just gonna wrap it up in that
cloth you could even do we might even do two layers because sometimes it does
kind of mangle that cloth a little bit. And then you want to go to a hard
surface we’re gonna do it right here because I feel like this is a pretty
good surface to work on but when I’m at home sometimes I’ll go out to like the
stone wall or a brick area and do it there or you know someplace that can
really handle it, definitely don’t do it on like tile floors. Everything’s
gonna kind of jump around so just be careful about that so choose your spot
wisely where you can be banging on a hammer over it so. So get your
aggressions out this way and then when you open it up you have all these nice
smaller chunks of beeswax that are going to be easier to melt and you can just
break them down to measure them and the smaller they are the faster they will
melt down when exposed to heat but if they’re bigger it’s fine I just usually
like to melt my beeswax down first and that way I’m exposing my oils to as
little heat as possible. Beeswax does take a little effort to melt them down
they they melt at a relatively high temperature. So we are going to do for
this recipe it’s about 1 ounce of beeswax
per 4 ounces of oil and you can easily multiply or divide that according to how
much you want as a finished product so if we have 4 parts oil and 1 part
beeswax we’re going to end up with about 4 ounces or sorry 5 ounces of salve in the
final product. That can be handy didn’t know if you’re trying to make a set
amount of jars so I’m gonna just weigh this out but I already know in advance
that it should have been about a 1 ounce block so we should have exactly what we
need here but if you didn’t you could weigh it out. And it’s actually much
better to weigh your beeswax and then to try to measure it with a measuring cup
especially because when it’s chopped up the volume is really variable.
Technically the weight and the volume are the same but because you have all
this air space it becomes really challenging to accurately measure it
with a spoonful or a measuring cup. If you didn’t have a scale and you didn’t
buy your beeswax in exactly the amount that you needed already,
what you could do is measure by displacement. So you could take your
container here put your four ounces of oil in it your liquid ingredients and
then add your beeswax to it until it goes up to the five ounce mark and then
you know through displacement that you have exactly one ounce of beeswax so
that’s one way to get around it. But the downside to that is that means that
you’re probably going to now heat everything all up together and so you’re
gonna expose your oil to more heat than necessary. So we’re gonna plunk this into
our double boiler which is right over here and we’re coming up to temp here
you can use these lovely little double boiler inserts that Mountain Rose has
they’ve got two different sizes this is a smaller one and put that over a pot of
water. You can also use an actual double boiler if you have it and what I use at
home is I just have a pan of water and then I use a metal mixing bowl and I
kind of float that on top and for recipes of this quantity that works out
really well too so you don’t necessarily need fancy equipment, but you can
certainly use it if you have it. And we’re gonna let that melt down.
While that’s melting down I’m gonna also throw this drizzler spoon in and
later on once we get our oil in there and everything’s all liquid we’re gonna
want to pour it into our containers. And you could pour it back into a Pyrex
measuring cup like this and do it but as soon as it hits that cooler Pyrex it’s
gonna start to solidify it can get a little bit messy. So I’ve started really
liking to use drizzle spoons and that way I can just heat them up right in
there and I can easily pour into even small things like our little lip balm
tubes we can pour it into those without too much mess, and in classroom
environments where I have people coming you know at different times throughout
the remedy making process they can come up and pour and things haven’t all
hardened up on them in the process. So I’m gonna put this in here just so it
kind of comes up to temp with our beeswax, and then we’re gonna let that
melt down for a little bit and then once the beeswax is melted down, then I’m
gonna add the herbal oils and make that into a salve. Our beeswax is pretty much
melted down now you’ll see that it’s sort of like the consistency of olive
oil or golden oil, and that’s when I like to add
other oils. You could add it right in the same time but I just like to protect the
quality of the oil by exposing it to as little heat as possible. And so for this
recipe we have 1 ounce of beeswax 4 ounces of oil so I’m going to measure
out four ounces. And you could definitely do a mix of this as well so if you
wanted to do a little bit of plantain, and a little bit of comfrey oil, and a
little bit of calendula oil, all those would go really nicely together and just
kind of an all-purpose healing salve. And so we’ll just put that in and you’ll notice
that it as it goes in because the oil is a little on the cooler side it’s going
to kind of congeal some of that beeswax, but then it melts down really quickly
it’s kind of neat looking. This is such a beautiful color. And you could just do
your salves with straight oil and beeswax but you could add other ingredients as
well, so we are gonna add a little bit of lavender to this, but if you’re gonna add
anything like essential oils, or a grapefruit seed extract, or rosehip seed
oil, or any of those other ingredients that are a little bit more fragile,
you’ll want to wait until after everything else is melted down, remove it
from the heat, and then add it to it. O ne of the things I love to do with the
essential oils especially when we’re doing lip balms or if even if I just
want to mix it up and maybe make some things have lavender and other than
other things maybe have peppermint in it and I’m working off the same batch, is
I’ll add the essential oils straight to the container that’s empty before I pour
the salve ingredients into it. And I love using these tubes not just for lip balms
but also for more general salves as well, if you’re on the go it’s nice to
something little that fits in your backpack or your purse that you can pull
out as needed. You’re almost melted down here and
remember that I’m keeping this right in here my drizzle spoon so that it stays
warm and will resist things from congealing up on it. So, we’ll let that
melt down. And I can even turn down my heat just a little bit before we get to
that messy roaring boil stage. We’re just about there we might even be able to
melt it down with the residual heat of the water. And so I’d say we’re pretty close, there’s
a little bit that’s on the actual spoon but it’s good enough to remove that from heat. Move this over here. And so if I wanted to, I could go ahead
and just pour right into my tube. And I like to do it right over so if I dribble
it goes into it. I wait to put labels on until after this is done because
inevitably I get messy little dribbles, and I’ll just use a little bit of a
paper towel once everything’s cooled and hardened to wipe that up. And the same
thing with the salve jar so I could just pour right into there you don’t have to
add essential oils they’re actually also really nice without them, and typically
with these you want to let them harden completely before you put the lids on
they just keep a slightly nicer consistency that way. But if you wanted
to if, you were like, “I know I want to put essential oils in all of this”, you
could just do that and maybe about 20, 15, 20 or so, and I’m just gonna eyeball it
I’m not even measuring but, if we put this in as everything was melting down
we would make a nice aromatic room, but you wouldn’t get that much of the
lavender in your final product because it would all evaporate out before you
have a chance to use it. Don’t worry too much about those dribbles you can clean
them up a later. We should, just about, if I did my math
right and all my containers are actually the size that they say they are I should
have just about enough for all the containers that we have here. But inevitably there’s always a little bit of variation so it’s nice to have a few
extras on hand or you might end up a little bit short, but look at how
beautiful and green this salve is. This is a great remedy to keep on hand if you’ve
got kids, summertime, you know all the various skin woes that you might run
into. It can be really supportive for that. And I love adding lavender in salves
because it does help preserve it a little bit, but then it also is gonna add
additional healing support. Lavender does so many lovely things and will
complement almost any healing skin salve. And we’re getting down to the dregs here. Voila! So I’m just gonna let those cool and
then I’ll take a little paper towel and clean up any of my dribbles, you can put
your labels on once everything’s all said and done. These will keep for at
least a year especially if they’re kept in a cool, dark, dry, spot. If you leave them
in your car they would go rancid after a while and they could get all melty, but
this is kind of a good basic recipe. I think they actually keep a little better
with the beeswax than they do when it’s just a straight oil. And it makes a
really lovely final product whether you’re choosing to sell it, or give it
away to friends, or use it in your own household; day to day uses. So I hope you
enjoyed it, and have fun making your recipes and happy herbal adventures!

17 Replies to “Making Homemade Skin Salves with Herb-Infused Oils with Maria Noël Groves”

  1. Thank you. This vid was very interesting. I love the little tips you give such as the pastilles May be rancid. Could you also be more specific about the remedy and specifically what it treats? That would be awesome. Have a blessed day.

  2. To get beeswax off a kitchen knife, pour boiling water over it.      it will come right off of whatever it is sticking to.    best to do it outside.

  3. I found this channel through Andrea Mills who unexpectedly passed away on Monday. God bless her. She loved your herbs!

  4. To break up a solid piece of beeswax, place the block on a microwave safe dish and put it in the microve and heat until the block begins to soften. Once softened, take a sharp knife and cut the wax into one onch bars, and cut the bars into one onch chunks or smaller. Then, you can cut it further when you want to use it, weigh, then follow your salve recipe as usual. Store he leftover wax chunks in a container with a lid.

  5. ? love, love, love this! Keep teaching us specific recipes with specific purposes with more videos like this! Do you have any recipes for anxiety or insomnia? Thank you for the great video!

  6. Beeswax doesn't go bad or rancid. It may develop a natural bloom but that can be buffed off or left on. It's harmless. Otherwise, this video was very helpful. 🙂

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