Holiday Herbal Salves

There is still enough time to make herbal salves for your family and friends for the holidays. Lets get going now.


  • Ball jar with lid
  • Crock pot with warm setting
  • Meat thermometer or similar
  • Muslin cloth
  • Glass or ceramic sauce pan
  • Metal tins or small glass jars
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • Beeswax
  • Herbs of choice
    • Plantain, calendula, rosemary, cayenne, ginger are all easy to find and easy to make into salves
  • Essential oils of choice
    • Lavender, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree are all easy to find and easy to use

crock-infuse-oilThis recipe is for a quick infusion. Generally, when infusing herbs into oil you do not want to do it quickly and you do not want to use too much heat.

  1. Fill your crock pot with water half way and put it onto the warm setting. Leave the lid off.
  2. In your jar, fill it 1/4 way full with herbs and fill the rest of the jar with oil. Stir together. You can use a smaller jar if desired or only fill the jar 1/2 way with herbs and oil. Put the lid on your jar.
  3. Put your jar into the crock pot and let it sit there for 24 hours.
  4. Remove your jar from the crock pot. Strain the oil through a muslin cloth to remove the herb particles.
  5. Measure the volume of oil you have and put it to warm in the ceramic pot on low.
  6. Divide the volume of oil you have by 5 and add that much beeswax to the pot.
  7. When the beeswax has melted, remove the pot from the heat, add in a few drops of essential oil (I put about 30 drops per 1/2 cup of oil). Gently stir.img_1926
  8. Pour oil into metal tins or small glass jars. Cover and allow to cool. Be sure to label your salve with a name, ingredients, and date.

I hope you enjoy making these quick salves before the holidays. Don’t want to spend the time making them yourself? Purchase them through The Dancing Herbalist instead or e-mail us at for a customized product.

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