Today I am sharing a crafty concoction that is utilized quite frequently in our home and will likely be a nice addition to yours, too.
Today I bring you an easy to create, very powerful ‘fix pretty much anything’ salve.
Maybe, but, really…it’s true.
You know how *real* food foodies kind-of laugh about saying, “Ah, just rub some coconut oil on it!” because coconut oil is like…well, pretty amazing stuff?
Yeah. This salve is like that.
This salve is always go-to in our home. You will use this DIY salve to help with a plethora of ‘problems’ that creep up in your home. Seriously, just check out how incredibly versatile this healing salve really is…
- Rough elbows
- Dry feet
- Eczema patches
- Poison ivy
- Bug bites
- Sore muscles
- Bug repellant
- Antibacterial needs
Yes, ALL of that, for real!
Below I briefly explain the ingredients so you can get a better grasp on just how incredibly healing and nourishing this DIY salve really is for your body and skin. Then, I’ll get right to the recipe.
Key Oil Players
This oil is an extremely emollient substance, meaning that it easily makes skin very pliable, supple, and very hydrated.
Have oily skin? No worries, this oil will work wonders for you, too. This oil is readily recognized by your skin as a “helper” and will help your skin maintain proper PH levels.
This oil (really, a wax ester) mimics our own skin’s sebum, so it is a welcome, all natural antioxidant ingredient for our skin…all while not being greasy or ‘oily’, at all.
***Read more about both almond and jojoba oils HERE in this post I wrote a while back.
From Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH), tamanu oil is “…skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and [has] antioxidant properties.” This is a powerful oil that is always present in my home (and even shows up in the organic body lotions available in my shop).
This is another fabulous oil to have in your arsenal. Neem oil has an impressive, well-researched track record of not only being incredibly moisturizing and healthy for all skin types, but also effective for repelling biting and stinging insects.
***You should also keep neem oil on hand for when you whip up your next batch of my DIY non-toxic bug spray (RECIPE HERE).
Key Essential Oil Players
I absolutely LOVE lavender essential oil. What can’t it do!? …and, of course, lavender essential oil smells so beautiful. The following is from MRH (learn even more HERE)…
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary.
Benefits: Bruises, burns, dandruff, earache, flatulence, halitosis, headache, indigestion, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insomnia, nausea, nervous tension, rashes, scars, slow digestion, sore muscles, sprains, stress, sunburn, toothache, ulcers, wound.
Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea Tree is healthy and healing for humans, yet is toxic to many insects. I love the powerful antibiotic properties of this versatile and yummy smelling oil!
Moroccan Cedarwood (or Atlas Cedarwood) is another favorite of mine. The smell…Oh! Divine!!! It is rich and heavy, but certainly not in a bad way; it’s actually quite seductive. From MRH (learn even more HERE)…
Properties: Antifungal, antiputrefactive, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, regenerative, sedative, tonic.
Benefits: Air purifier, coughs, dandruff, dry skin, fungal infections, insect repellant, nervous tension, rashes, rheumatism, ulcers.
Geranium Oil comes from Pelargonium Graveolens (or Geranium Rose Flowers). The oil coming from these flowers holds many of the same properties as Tea Tree Oil, but it is also hailed for its very strong wound healing properties. You can learn more HERE.
‘Fix Pretty Much Anything’ Salve
The amounts below create appx. 1C of Salve.
- *Optional- 1oz beeswax
Unless I am running low and in a hurry, I usually DO use beeswax, as it helps the salve to thicken and ‘set’.
Your salve will be a thick liquid consistency if you do not use beeswax, which is absolutely, 100% fine! I’ve done that, too, but since I often use this healing concoction on my toddler, I like being able to keep it on his skin a little better and the beeswax is a great way to do just that.
- 1C glass jar or bottle (I like THESE)
- Measuring spoons and cups (&/or a kitchen scale like THIS; BTW, having a scale is a great investment in your kitchen and I use mine daily)
- *Only needed if using beeswax — Double-boiler (I make my own with a glass bowl over a pot of shallow, simmering H2O)
Make It WITHOUT Beeswax
- Measure everything into a bowl
- Pour into suitable container
- Shake, shake, shake
- Hooray…ready to use
- Store somewhere dry and cool; shake before each use
Make It WITH Beeswax
- Measure everything (EXCEPT EOs) into the upper part of your double-boiler (for me, this is a glass bowl)
- Melt on low heat over bottom part of double-boiler (for me, a pot with shallow water) until everything is melted (the beeswax will be the last thing to melt)
- Turn off heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
- Add EOs; whisk to fully combine
- Pour into container and place somewhere safe so it can set up (which actually doesn’t take very long); stop by and stir occasionally
- Hooray…ready to use
- Store somewhere dry and cool; stir before use
***Please purchase organic, sustainably- & ethically-sourced, raw materials. I purchase the vast majority of my raw skincare products HERE.
***Also, you might want to hop over here and take a look at this post I wrote a while ago…Essential Oils 101.
I’d hate for you to feel as though you are purchasing ingredients for only one recipe. That always seems to bug me.
Sooooo, below you will find all other DIY recipes on my blog that utilize some of the ingredients listed above. Yay!
- Bye, Bye Bugs (especially mosquitoes!)
- DIY Deodorant (w/NO baking soda!)
- Natural (& easy) Remedy For Household Pests
- Non-Toxic Citrus Dusting Spray
- Soothing Tooshie Salve (works for YOUR skin, too)
- ZAP Household Germs (& make the whole house smell UhMaaaZing)
Finally, If you aren’t feeling DIYish and just need some deo, soothing tooshie salve, &/or bug spray made and sent directly to you, you can pick up these items (and many more!) HERE in my online shop.
12/13/13 UPDATE- I also offer this salve through custom order in my online Etsy shop. Head over and make a custom order request and I’ll work with you to get this salve to you as I have three other customers now.
The latest review in my online shop for this salve…
The name says it all. This cleared up my toddler’s ring worm, my other toddlers various scrapes, and a few of my own scaly wintertime dry skin patches. My husband had a stress induced eczema flare up and this cut his recovery time by two weeks!!! And we took it a step further and cured some of my backyard chickens of a condition called scaly leg mite. Anyone with chickens knows how impossible that is to get rid of, with this salve it was practically overnight results!
Until next time…
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy