Gardeners Healing Salve recipe using calendula, plantain, and comfrey. These herbs along with beeswax help to cleanse, nourish, heal, and protect #lovelygreens #herbalism #herbalmedicine #diybeauty

Gardeners Healing Salve

A therapeutic healing salve made with homemade extracts of calendula, plantain, and comfrey.
Keyword calendula recipe, comfrey, plantain, skin care recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 3 100ml (3.38 oz) pots
Author lovelygreens
Cost $10



Gardeners Hand Salve Recipe


Make the Gardeners Hand Salve

  • If you're making your own herb-infused oils, and I encourage you do do so, please head over to read how you can make them over here.
  • Fill the larger of your pans with water and bring to a boil.
  • Measure the beeswax in the smaller pan and float it inside the pan of boiling water. This evenly distributes the heat and is important since beeswax should never be melted over direct heat.
  • When the beeswax is melted, pour in the herb-infused oils (instructions on how to make these will follow the salve recipe). Stir with the spatula until the oils are just melted. Take the pan off the hot water and set it on a cloth or pot holder.
  • Stir in the essential oil (optional) and pour into tins or containers and allow to cool*. It will take around four hours to come to room temperature. During this time, don't cover the containers as it can cause condensation on the inner part of the lid. Put lids on after the balms are completely cooled.
  • You can use the salve immediately. As for shelf-life, it can be up to one year or the closest best-by date of the ingredients you used. Check for these on the back of all your bottles and remember that fresh oil is always best when cooking or making beauty products.


* It's better to use a few smaller containers than one large jar. Why? Ease of use, reduction in dirt and potential contaminants over a period of time, and weird oil hardening. If you pour this entire batch in a large jar you'll probably find that it doesn't solidify with a smooth surface. There will likely be a big pit in the middle. It doesn't affect the product, but it doesn't look great either.