"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Saturday

Soothing Flower Bug-Bite Salve (recipe & tutorial)


DIY Herbal Soothing Flower Salve

Bulk Herb Store-inspired DIY soothing flower bug-bite slave!

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Pour out desired quantity...

Mix equal parts, or use the proportions listed below: 


mix herbs together...


 
put herbs in jar...

 (Use a jar with a good lid that seals well.)

add coconut oil to cover...

and essential oil of lavender if you want.

Now heat the jar of herbs and oil in order to extract the herbal properties into the oil. You can set it out on a windowsill in a paper sack for several weeks, in a slow-cooker on low for 3 days, or on the stove in the following manner:
  • place thick rag or washcloth in bottom of pot
  • place lidded glass jar on top
  • fill with water to the level of the herbs and oils inside the jar
  • heat -do not boil- for about 45 minutes
Then let cool and remove the jar. Strain out the herbs (which you can find a way to reuse, or discard into your compost) and reheat the oil to melt in a small amount of bees wax. Keeping in mind that it needs to be liquid still, wait a short time, then carefully pour into contain of choice to store your salve. A favorite it is small squat canning jars, but you can use anything you like! (Remember that it starts out hot - so maybe not plastics- and then will harden -so not too small mouthed.)



For a video tutorial on making salves, click here to watch Shoshanna as she makes first an herbal oil, turns it into a slave, and then continues making a hand/body cream!



*I borrowed the lavender from a friend for this post. We didn't have regular access to mail down there to replace it - and she was saving it for lavender lemonade! - but since I had a little bottle of Lavender essential oil, it worked out just fine! :D

NOTE: Though very soothing, this salve may attract more "biters," due to the sweetness of these herbs and flowers; so keep that in mind when deciding how to manage bug bites!

This post has been shared on Natural Living Monday @ Natural Living Mamma & Homemade for Elle, The Art of Home-Making Monday... 

2 comments:

  1. I will have to try this recipe as I have all the herbs! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Oh goodie - just don't use it when trying to protect against more bites...it's too sweet, and can attract more "biters" ... I better edit and add a little note about that... :}

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