Healing Salves

PRESENTED BY | Sarah Cisneros, CH
DATE & TIME | Tuesday, May 7, 2019| 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Creating a healing salve may seem a bit daunting to a fresh face on the herb scene. But a little guidance in the right direction can help. By definition, a salve is “an unctuous adhesive for application to wounds or sores.”1 More than likely, you will find that a salve is an oil-based preparation. The most important part of the salve is the herbs and their medicine. Normally, the herbs used in the product will be prepared as an oil infusion, a method where the herb is infused into a carrier oil. The most commonly used oil for infusing is a high quality, organic Olive oil.

Oil infusions can be achieved through a couple of methods. The easy yet time-consuming way is to simply put some dry herb into a large jar and cover the herb with oil. All herbs are different and may absorb the oil differently, so keep an eye on it. Make sure the jar is covered and kept in a warm dark place. Let this sit for 4-6 weeks.2 A faster way would be to use low heat. Take the jar of herb and oil mixture; place it in a double boiler or a crock pot to macerate (soak). Let the oils infuse for about 48-72 hours.3 Make sure the jar has a loose lid to keep the water out of the oil, which could lead to the oil going rancid faster. After infusing, either way, it is time to strain. Using a strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth, pour the oil into it to separate out the herbal matter.

Once your oils and herbs are infused, beeswax is added to keep the product solid. This is achieved by gently heating the oil, then adding shredded beeswax and stirring the two together until the beeswax melts. I suggest being ready to pour this instantly into your desired containers, or you will probably have to reheat the mix. Next, additional ingredients can be added. Essential oils or oils with medicinal properties are commonly used in salves.

After the salve is mixed, poured, and solidified, that product is applied to the area of a small cut, scrape, burn or bruise. It is not suggested to place the salve onto a large wound as there is a potential to heal the wound from the outside in, possibly causing infection. Generally, it is best to heal a cut from the inside out so as to not trap infection inside the wound. Salves are well suited for bruises. I find the right salve to be very effective in aiding to heal the contusion faster.

In conclusion, the steps for salve making can be confusing, but with a bit of practice and some trial and error, an effective healing salve can be created. Join me for a fun, hands-on salve making class where I will take you through every step of the process.

This class will be taught at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism on April 16, 5:30-7:30 pm. Bring yourself, any herbs you might be curious about, and let’s get cooking!

PRESENTED BY | Sarah Cisneros, CH
DATE & TIME | Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

COST | $15, Materials Fee
LOCATION | Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
424 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, CO

To register or for more information email:  sarah.cisneros@clinicalherbalism.com

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