Lotion Making And Salve Making Information from TBA 2015
I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to get to this!
So here it is:
Let me start with some of the recipes we made last year:
Honey and Oats Face Scrub
Combine 1 TBSP of Honey, 1 TBSP finely ground almonds, 2 TBSP dry oatmeal and some lemon juice or yogurt
Makes a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face, then rinse with warm water.
Mix 1/4 cup Honey, 1TBSP liquid Soap, 1/2 c glycerin
Apply gently on face using face sponge. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.
And now this years Salves and Lotions:
How to make an herbal salve:
There are as many ways to make a good herbal salve as there are herbalists. The first thing you should consider is what a salve is. A salve is a way to apply a concentrated amount of herbal essence to heal and protect the skin. You can create different end results by varying the types of herbs, oils and thickening agents(Namely WAX).
I like to think of herbal salves as soothing or drawing or protecting so I have an idea what I am aiming for in the finished product.
For a baby's bum salve I want a salve with a higher ratio of wax. This is referred to as a balm. The wax helps to seal out moisture therefore combined with the healing of the herbs that baby's bottom benefits from a protective layer of water resistance between changes.
Some herbs for a baby balm would be Calendula, Chickweed, and Chamomile.
If I was making this balm here are my steps:
I would start by making in infused oil in a crockpot.
Combine your selected herbs. In this case I would combine Calendula and Chickweed ( two of my favorite herbs..look them up!) I would add enough oil to just cover the herbs and place the crock pot on low setting and leave it warm for the day without simmering. You don't want to cook the herbs.
After warming the herbs for a day,
Filter the herbs out of the oil. I use a fine sieve. You could use a coffee filter or cheese cloth, even an old nylon( do they call them that anymore? Panty hose?)
Then you could compost the herb material or feed them to the chickens ! :-)
Then I return the oil to the crock pot and warm it up. I add beeswax and stir until all is melted. I go 3:1 but the easiest way to tell is while it is all in the crock pot and melted take a spoonful out and put it on a plate. Once it cools you will be able to tell the consistency. Is it what you like? Great..call her done. If Not,...add more beeswax to the pot ...or oil if it is too hard. Once you have it where you like it you can bottle it..or add essential oils or Body butters (Cocoa butter or shea butter) or lanolin... or leave it just the herbs, oils and beeswax.
Remember your salve is your way. Research your herbs and then go for it!
I teach a lotion class here at the farm and really do not want to type put all the instructions for making a lotion...so I am linking the website that has an awesome lotion EBook that I had referenced while I was teaching at TBA. She really knows what she is doing and has the scientific research behind it. Go visit her site...you will learn LOTS!!