As some of the blog members might remember I was on a cottonwood bud hunt this early winter to make a healing salve normally called Balm of Gilead, well it was time to make it into the salve for winter use on rough lips and chapped hands to be.
So I strained out the buds and poured the remaining oil into the pot, after measuring and weighing it out.. then I measured out, cut and weighted my raw bee’s wax..
Gentley heated them together to melted and blended together, and then poured into little tiny 4 oz glass jars, cooled and into a dark cupboard to store, I like a very stiff salve, it warms up and come off well with body heat but otherwise is stiff, you can take a good amout off with a nail if you require more then a light coating on your finger or fingers to do the trick. If you want a softer salve, you just need to use less bee’s wax.
Update: I had a small cut on my thumb, it was quite sore and within a matter of an hour despite cleaning it, I have little red streaks run out of it and it was hot and red, started treating it with my homemade salve, and I am amazed, within six hours, and three tiny rubs of salve later, the red is gone, the streaks are gone, the hurt is down to a min and then only if you push on it, it looks like a small reddish line now, its not healed by any means but I am impressed!
Hi FarmGal, Just wondering if that’s a special pot you’re using to melt the oil and wax? It looks like it might have a double wall/water-jacket or something? (Sure would be handy for gently heating delicate ingredients if it did.)
Isn’t nature just naturally wonderful? Everything we need: right here in our backyard!! : )
Nope, just a good heavy bottomed steel pot, it really requires little heat to get the job done, nature is awesome!
P.S. I sure could use some of your Balm o’ Gilead right now. Got some Black (Honey) Locust thorn bits and scratches while pruning/cleaning up the other day. The thorn tip isn’t in my palm anymore, but it took a couple of days after that to clear up and start to heal. :((
So sorry to hear about the thorn bites, those things string! Going to have to watch for your cottonwoods in your area so you can make some salve for the coming year 🙂
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