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Saturday, February 8, 2014

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This Herbal Miracle Salve is a must have for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

It’s packed full of antimicrobial, antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-fungal goodness and I created it out of my desire to treat a broad-spectrum of skin ailments. Based on the properties of the oils and herbs used in this balm, it has the power to heal:

-topical thrush
-slow-healing wounds
-cuts, scraps, and bruises
-bug bites and stings

Now if that doesn’t sound like a Spring and Summer must-have, I don’t know what is

Properties of the Herbs

Making this salve requires the infusion of a few herbs into good-quality olive oil.

§  Calendula This is one of the best herbs to use when attempting to treat ailments of the skin – such as cuts, burns, inflammation, bruises, minor open wounds, scrapes. Phytochemicals that are present in this flower work hard against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

§  Plantain Plantain is an awesome plant and it’s actually a common weed that grows nearly everywhere. It has incredible medicinal properties and can heal a variety of different skin issues such as: eczema, psoriasis, bee stings, insect bites, poison ivy. Learn to identify this plant in the yard and you’ll never have to buy it!

§  St. John’s Wort The “feel good” herb is often known for it’s use in treating mild depression; however, when St. John’s wort is used externally it is wonderful in homemade salves for the treatment of bruises, wounds, and especially good for treating sunburn.

§  Oregon Grape Root I love Oregon grape root! It’s broad-spectrum healing properties – anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, and anti-viral — make it the perfect addition to this salve.


Herbal Miracle Salve: The Recipe


-1 1/4 cup good-quality olive oil
-0.3 ounces dried calendula flowers
-0.3 ounces dried plantain
-0.2 ounces dried St. John’s wort
-0.2 ounces dried Oregon grape root
-1-2 ounces beeswax
-essential oils

1. Weigh the dried herbs using a kitchen scale.

2. Prepare the oil infusion. You can do this one of three ways:

§  Cold Infusion. In a glass mason jar, cover the weighed herbs with 1 ¼ cup of oil. Stir to combine, and allow oil and herb mixture to steep for 4-6 weeks.

§  Hot Oil Extract. In a glass mason jar, cover the herbs with 1 ¼ cup of oil. Stir to combine. Place the glass jar in a pot on the stove, or in a crock pot, filled with a few inches of water on lowest setting (Be sure to put a towel on the bottom of the pot.). Infuse the oil and herbs for 4-8 hours, a day, or up to 3 days. Note: Watch the pot and add water as it evaporates.

§  Alternatively. According to Rosemary Gladstar , you may also do it this way; “Place the herbs and the oil in a double boiler and bring to a low simmer. Slowly heat for 30 to 60 minutes, checking frequently to be sure the oil is not overheating.”


3. Strain the oil and herb infusion through a cheese cloth. Squeeze to extract as much oil as possible. Be sure you collect at least 1 cup of herb infused oil.


1.       In a saucepan, over very low heat, melt 1-2 ounces (depending on how thick you’d like your salve) of beeswax. I suggest starting with the lesser amount of wax and adding more if needed. Note: To check if the mixture is the right consistency, because the salve hardens as it cools, Rosemary Gladstar again suggests placing a “tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for just a minute or two. If it’s soft, add more beeswax; if too hard, add more oil.”


2.       When the consistency is to your liking, pour the salve into your containers of choice.


3.       -I like to use essential oils of clove, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary, lemongrass, and lavender. Each of these essential oils – should you choose to add them – are in themselves antimicrobial and will provide a powerhouse of healing and medicinal properties. They also give a preservative-like effect to your salve. Add them at approximately 5-10% of your total amount.

4.       -I generally do not add preservatives. Without the natural preservatives, your salve should be shelf stable up to 5 years.



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Make Your Own Barley Crackers 


If you'd rather spend some time in the kitchen, try out this recipe for barley crackers. A healthy, delicious snack for your whole family!


Barley Crackers

7 oz. barley      3 T clear honey

3 oz. water      2 T olive oil


Combine and knead thoroughly. Firm, supple dough should form. Roll out as thin as possible. Cut and place on oiled baking tray. Bake 15 minutes at 200 F in preheated oven. (Or so, ovens vary. Yours might run fast or slow.) Cool on rack and serve.

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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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HomeGrown said...

Thanks for the new resources. We're trying to live a more minimalist lifestyle and these kinds of tips are big help.

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