One of the first things most herbalists learn how to make is a salve. Salves are semi-solid ointments infused with herbs that are traditionally used to nourish dry skin and relieve minor irritations, cuts and bruises. There are many different formulation strategies for salves, which depend on what plants and oils are available as well as the desired effect. We created this simple salve recipe using ingredients that are easily available and affordable.
This soothing salve will nourish your dry and chapped skin, and it can even be used as a lip balm. You’ll love its golden color that can be enhanced with a pinch of turmeric powder, a trick we learned from our company’s co-founder, Rosemary Gladstar. This recipe isn’t just pretty. It smells delicious too! The coconut oil adds a sweet smell, and the lavender essential oil adds a nice, relaxing aroma.