So I am happy to announce, that I was able to make my very first product with ingredients that I got directly from my garden! It took time to gather enough to make a small batch. But this gives me time to try it, work out any kinks that I don’t quite understand in the Salve making business. But my first salve wound up being Basil, Rosemary and Thyme. Why thoes three? Well, click that read now button and find out!
I chose Basil, Rosemary and Thyme because those three herbs have anti inflammatory and pain reliving nutrients in it, and by making an infused oil, you will get the nutrients of the herbs, in a salve you can just rub on your skin at the end of the night. You can either to a quick infuse, or a longer one, but either way you will need dried herbs. You can dry herbs in multiple ways but I do either of these meathods:
- Heat your oven to the lowest temperature
- On a baking rack, place a piece of wax paper and line it with your herbs
- Put in the oven, leaving the door open until dry
- Lay the herbs on something flat, like a baking rack or something similar
- Leave in sun for a few days until dry
- Place the herbs and oil on the stove in a double broiler on low
- Leave on low for one hour
- Put the herbs and oil in a sealed jar
- Keep in a cool dark place shaking every few days
- Useable in 1-2 weeks
To make the Salve, you want:
- 1 Cup Oil
- 1 Oz Beeswax
- Essential Oils
Melt it down, and add the oil. It really is that simple. I got my beeswax from Amazon, and I’ll provide a link below to the kind I used in mine. If It works, I plan on experimenting with it a bit, and selling it in the future once I have perfected a recipe for it.
One thing I did however, was I added the essential oil to the product as a whole and also the individual bottles, just to make sure that it each had its own scent of Rosemary. In an ideal world, I would love to sell this all natural organic salve to other people. But first, I need to know if it even works. So the three jars I made is going to a friend of mine, and my mom. And between all three of us, I should get an idea of if my infusion worked or not. Baby steps, but we will get there!
Here is the beeswax I bought for this salve. If you decide to try at making a salve, I highly suggest this one. It melts easily and fairly quickly, and feels great in a skin salve.