Ointments are a good way to apply herbal remedies topically, they can be carried around in small pots and applied as needed. Unlike creams that are made with a mix of water and oil, ointments are made with oils and wax/animal fats/petroleum jelly. Ointments are also known as salves or balms, and are not just the province of Herbalists. Arnica balm for example can be purchased from pharmacies to apply to bruised skin to help relieve and bring out bruises.
Making ointments is easy, here is a basic recipe.
What you need
- 250 ml carrier oil
- herbs of choice (chopped fresh or dry herbs)
- 25 grams beeswax
- sterilised containers
NOTE: if you add some Vitamin E oil to this mixture you can increase the shelf life to up to a year.
|old ointment jar (origin of photo unknown)|
NOTE: The information in this blog does not constitute the practice of medicine, and does not replace the advice of your health care provider.