Do you remember what a salve is? A salve, pronounced sa-vu, with an a like in apple, is a topical herbal product that is made with an herbal infused oil that is solidified with beeswax. For more information on what all of these herbal preparations are, check this out.

coolingA save is not hard to make at all. Once you have made an infused oil you can make a salve so it will be a bit easier to use topically. You can make a salve without an infused oil if you choose.

Here is what you need.

  • Double boiler, ceramic pot, or glass pot, preferably with a pouring spout
  • Chop stick or spoon for stirring and helping with pouring
  • Glass or metal containers to store your salve in
  • Beeswax, either granules or 1oz bars
  • Infused oil or oil (olive, coconut, jojoba, almond work great
  • Essential Oils (optional)


The ratio that I like to use is 1 part beeswax to 5 parts oil. This is 1oz (30g beeswax) with 150ml (10 Tablespoons) of your oil. Many herbalists do 1oz of beeswax to one cup of oil (240ml) which gives a more lotion like texture. It is up to you to decide but there are some options.

  • In your double boiler or pot, melt the wax over low heat. I put my pot 1/2 over the burner so it does not heat up too quickly.
  • Add in your oil and allow the wax to re-melt.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add in your essential salveoils. You want about 1/4 tsp for the smaller batch and up to 1/2 tsp in the batch size using a cup of oil. The amount that works well for your salve will also be determined by the essential oil.
  • Pour into glass or metal containers and allow to cool. If you are able to add your lid on right away that is best so less essential oil evaporates in the heat.

I hope you enjoy making a salve. If you have any questions be sure to ask in our comments below. If you are interested in learning more about making salves you may want to consider our internship program. If you want to try some herbal salves rather than make them yourself, The Dancing Herbalist offers a variety of options on her website.


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