make good// traditional salve

Salves have been used for millennia in the herbal and perfume world. Made with wax to be solid at room temperature, a salve is much easier to toss in your bag on the go than liquid oil. This can be a simple two-ingredient recipe, or plan ahead and make with an infused oil (link). There are lots of possibilities with salve making- think of this recipe as a great place to start!

Ingredients:

Makes 8 oz

Equipment:

  • Double Boiler
  • Spoon or Chopstick for stirring
  • Containers with lids for product

Method:

Measure and combine your oil(s) of choice and beeswax in the double boiler. Turn your heat source to low and gently warm. Stir as the ingredients warm to incorporate the wax and oils. Keep your eye on your salve- we don’t want it to get too hot! 

Once the beeswax pastilles and oil are fully melted together, remove from the heat. Carefully pour your oil + wax mixture into your clean containers and lightly cover. Let cool until solid and ready to use!

Make Good Tip: Be careful not overheat your oils- they will go rancid much more quickly this way. You just want to gently warm the wax and oils together over low heat until the wax melts completely. If your salve is exposed to heat it will melt, so keep in a cool location.

Lastly, if you want a thicker salve simply adjust the amount of wax. More beeswax will make a thicker salve.