My salves (also called "ointments") are combinations of vegetable oils, herbs, beeswax and (sometimes) essential oils. The vegetable oil is used as a solvent in order to pull the therapeutic properties from the herbs (which are then discarded) and the beeswax adds the desired firmness to the mixture as well as providing a soothing, protective quality. All of my salves have a base of Shea butter and Safflower oil. I love Shea butter's texture and Safflower has beneficial minerals that make it great for soothing the skin. Together, they're an unbeatable team for a salve base.
Calendula & Chamomile
Calendula is most often used for external skin issues: irritations, burns, bruises, etc. Chamomile is a powerful anti-inflammatory so they two blend well together. This combination has no essential oils included so it's strictly an herbally-infused salve.
Widely used by herbalists for skin rashes and itching, Chickweed has also been used for eczema and other skin irritations and is gentle enough to use for diaper rash.
This salve combines circulatory herbs - Cinnamon and Ginger to rev up the system and send some warmth to the extremities - mighty useful in winter and/or cold climates.
Black Walnut has been used for athlete's foot, ring worm, Candida and other fungal infections. Remember that it's an external product however.
Cold & Flu
With Elder Berries and Chrysanthemum flowers infused in the butter and oil, and strengthened by essential oils of Peppermint and Ravintsara, this is another good salve to keep on hand to supplement your doctor's plan of care.
Also known as Melissa, this wonderful herb can be used externally for fevers and nervous tension. This salve also has a tiny bit of Melissa essential oil to strengthen the calming effects of the salve.
Mullein & Eucalyptus
Who doesn't know how useful Eucalyptus is for coughs and colds? In this salve, it's combined with Mullein, an excellent antispasmodic and expectorant. This is a great salve to have on hand for the winter months.
This was a great aid to me so I decided it was a must-have for the web site. It contains Witch Hazel Bark, Calendula, Chamomile, Plantain, Yarrow and St. John's Wort.
The loose herb has been sewn into pillows to intensify dreams. Native Americans used Mugwort to purify the spiritual environment. I believe it would be a nice accompaniment to saging.
This salve has the following herbs: Valerian, Wood Betony and Chamomile and the added benefit of essential oils of Sweet Orange and Lavender.