In this video, I show you how to make a simple herbal salve using plantain. If you want to get creative and incorporate other herbs, i've put some information down below to help you!
What is a herbal Salve?
A salve is an ointment or a balm that is used on the skin to promote healing. So it can be used for cuts, stings, bites or any rashes/irritations.
A salve can be made from using just oil and wax only, but incorporating herbs into them adds that extra but of healing action, and a whole load of other actions too!
What herbal salves can I make?
The choice is totally yours. In this video I made Plantain salve, however there are others that you could try. My favourite thing about herbs is that they have more than one property, so you could base your choice on the range of other actions that the herb has.
Here are some herbs and their actions:
Calendula - Calendula or Marigold is great to use in every salve! It is anti-inflammatory, astringent and wound-healing. It also has some anti-septic properties so is great for preventing or treating infected wounds.
Plantain - Plantain has similar properties to calendula. You can find plantain growing everywhere in the Spring/Summer so it is very easy to harvest and dry and make oils and salves from.
Chamomile - Chamomile is very well-known and it isn't just used to make tea. The soothing and anti-inflammatory action this herb has on the gut, also works topically for skin rashes and and irritations. It also smells amazing!
Yarrow - Yarrow is styptic, meaning it can help stop bleeding. This makes it a useful salve/cream in first aid situations. It also promotes healing of the wound.
Chickweed - Chickweed is very soothing for the skin, but also anti-itching properties, so is very useful in skin conditions and rashes that have itchy tendencies such as eczema!
Liquorice root - Liquorice has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is like natures very own steroid cream, without the nasty side effects.
St. John's Wort - Again, St. John's wort has your typical anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, but it has the added benefit of being anti-viral, which would make it a great salve/balm for coldsores!
Marshmallow root - Marshmallow root is packed with mucilages, therefore is very soothing and healing and can also soften hardened/dry skin.