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Herbal Healing SalveI’m not really sure what Id do without my multi-purpose homemade healing salve. I use in on gardening-inflicted sunburns, martial arts blisters, the grandsons chapped cheeks and hands, insect bites, and the dogs scrapes and scratches. Herbal healing salves are gentle, soothing, balms made from natural herbal ingredients; generally speaking theyre safe to use on kids, pets and all people, and are naturally soothing and healing. In this sample recipe, herbally infused oil is chock-full of natural healing powers, Vitamin E oil contributes antioxidants and wound-healing abilities, tea tree oil provides antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and lavender essential oil works its magic on burns (and adds a little soothing aromatherapy to boot!). Basic Recipe:1 cup herbally infused oil 1 2 oz. Beeswax10 capsules Vitamin E Oil½ tsp. each tea tree and lavender essential oilsIn a small pan, gently heat the herbally infused oil and beeswax until barely melted. Cut or poke the vitamin E capsules open, and squeeze the vitamin E oil into the beeswax/oil mixture. Remove from heat, and add the essential oils. Pour a tiny amount of the salve mixture onto waxed paper or into a container to cool. Test it for thickness if youd like it to be harder, add more beeswax. If youd like it to have a thinner balm, add more oils. When youre satisfied with the consistency, pour the balm into clean jars and let cool. This all-purpose salve can be used for cuts, scrapes, splinters, diaper rash, burns, rashes, or for dry skin. To make an herbally infused oil: In a saucepan, combine dry herbs and a vegetable oil (we like olive, but just about any kind will do). Specific proportions are not important use a few generous handfuls of herbs and use enough oil to cover them. Heat over lowest possible heat for several hours three minimum, we usually try for 12 or 15 alternatively, use a crock-pot on the low setting. Strain out the herbs and use your herbally infused oil to make balms, or as a massage oil, bath oil, or as a great winter moisturizer. Herbs to try: chamomile, comfrey, plantain, St. Johns Wort, calendula.