My name is Sarah and I’m addicted to making my own herb-infused salves.
Now that I got that out of the way, when I was reading Salve Made Simple (affiliate link) by Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, I ran across this recipe for a cold buster salve. Well it just so happens that we are dealing with croup right now with our 18 month old, and while we’ve been able to avoid steroids so far, it’s no fun to see our little one struggle.
This salve is wonderful because the medicinal properties of oregano are infused into the oil and then absorbed into the body. Oregano is great for calming coughs and can help reduce inflammation. (source 1, 2). The Eucalyptus oil is also very effective for helping with coughs and colds and some research has shown that severe asthmatics have been able to reduce the steroids they are on by using eucalyptus oil. (source) Please note that most sources advise not using Eucalyptus oil on children under two years of age, however, because it is so highly diluted in this recipe, I felt comfortable using it on my 18 month old.
This salve is very soothing and is super simple with only four ingredients. Jennifer graciously allowed me to share this recipe with you, and you can find many more just like it in her book.
The Ingredients: (contains affiliate links)
2 cups virgin Olive Oil (or coconut oil)
1 cup Oregano
1/4 cup Beeswax
5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil(If you are planning to use this on kids, then you should use tea tree, pine, spruce, or fir oil instead.)
(*The ingredients in the book call for double the amounts, I had to cut it in half because that’s all I had on hand.)
The Instructions: (The book gives many different ways to make this salve, this is just one of the ways.)
Step 1: Mix the oil and oregano together.
Step 2: Put the oil/herb mixture into a double boiler with a lid. Let simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.
If you are like me and don’t have a double boiler, then place it in a bowl on top of a pot of simmering water. Make sure the water isn’t touching the bowl. Also watch the heat, you don’t want it to get so hot that it starts to fry the herbs.
Step 3: Strain through a cheesecloth, squeezing tightly to extract all the oil.
Step 4: Return to the double boiler and add the beeswax. Stir until it is completely melted.
Trust me on this, a little bit of this salve goes a loooooong way. You can rub it on your chest, on your neck, and on your temples (but don’t get it in your eyes!). You can also add other essential oils to the mix. I re-melted and added in some drops of a breathing blend for further benefit. If you choose to add more oils, you want to keep it at a dilution of 1% to 2% which is 1 to 2 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
Do you use herbs medicinally? Have you ever made your own salve?
(Please remember I am a mom not a doctor. The information and/or comments on this blog are not to be used as diagnosis or treatment. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor.)