Part of the fun of embarking on a comprehensive herbal studies course is being able to add essential oils to the homework assignments. Since I knew I was having back surgery and one of my assignments was to create a salve, I made a healing salve. Even though I might tweak the recipe a little next time around, I still like the initial attempt. It looks about the color of the one in the photo. I would make it slightly softer next time so it's easier to use. This batch included Grapeseed Oil and Neem Oil for the bases. For the herbals, I chose Lavender flowers because they're soothing to the skin, Chamomile flowers for their anti-inflammatory properties, Alfalfa for metabolic stress, Marshmallow Root for pain and inflammation, Borage as an emollient and an anti-inflammatory, Comfrey for healing bones and muscles and Chaparral Leaf to guard against bacterial infection. Once simmered and melted in with the beeswax, I added essential oils of German Chamomile (anti-inflammatory), Helichrysum (wound healer) and High Altitude Lavender (skin soother and great aroma). I was forbidden to use any herbal products on the back surgery incision until the staples came out but now I've been released to use whatever I like so I started working with the salve last night. I swear the incision site looks less red today!
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.