HOW TO MAKE OINTMENTS
The recipe for the ointment is quite simple. It is roughly 1 part
beeswax to 3 parts oil. A salve can be made by decreasing the oil to 2 parts oil and 1 part beeswax. The more
beeswax the stiffer the salve which is good for hot weather or lip balms. The less beeswax used the thinner the
Using a double boiler, heat these ingredients together until the beeswax melts, stirring
thoroughly. If the consistency of
the final product is not what you want, you can reheat and add either more oil or more beeswax. This is a very
forgiving recipe. Once you get the consistency you want, pour into containers.
AN OIL - Any oil will work,
cheap or expensive as well as cooking oil. Coconut and castor oils are often used and each have qualities that
excel for salves. But there are many, many great quality oils to pick from, and I prefer carrier oils with
reputations for healing capacity. I've included a list of some of my favorite oils at the end of this post which I
often blend together.
oil can be made and used instead of
plain oil. Article for how to make HOLI oil is coming, but in mean time you can simply write and ask
BEESWAX - It comes in two forms, as a block and in little bits called pastilles. The pastilles are
easiest to measure. If you use a block you might need to heat your knife under hot water to cut up chunks. To get
the right proportions, measure your oil into a large measuring cup, say 3 ounces of oil. Then add chunks of beeswax
to bring the level up to 4 ounces to have your 3:1 ratio.
BOILER - No need to go buy
anything as you probably have something in your cupboard that will work. If not, then you will likely find
something at the second hand store or yard sale. The double boiler principle is to fill the lower pan with water so
steam heats the bottom of the upper pan. Just Google-image 'double boiler' for ideas. Glass is ideal for the top
pan or bowl, but stay away from aluminum or coated pans. Stainless steel is a good option too. You may wish to
dedicate the top pan or bowl to this work as it is sometimes difficult to cut the wax film unless you use hot water
and strong detergent (dishwashers preferred).
TIPS - Beeswax melts at about
140 degrees. If you wish to retain as much of the natural healing properties of the oil as possible, fidget your
burner 'on' and 'off' to keep the beeswax melting at the slowest rate possible and it will be approximately 140
degrees. 140 degrees is an interesting temperature. It is the ideal temp for steeping tea while retaining many of
the delicate health substances, and a good sipping temperature. It is also the temp that essential oils are
TO MAKE – A total of 4-8 ounces
of ingredients is plenty to begin with unless you're planning to share some. For salves, you can use recycle cream
tubs, yogurt containers or just about anything if you put attention on cleanliness. A good degreaser might be
called for, as well as something to take any smells out such as soaking in baking soda, non-chlorine or even
chlorine bleach should be effective. Containing a jelly is more easily accomplished when using a squeezable plastic
bottle with a finger-tip flip cap.
OILS - The range of EOs used in
lotions, creams and salves typically range from 3-10% but some people prefer just a whisper of fragrance which can
be obtained at a ratio of 1-2% EO.
33 drops of EO per oz = roughly 10%
10 drops of EO in 1 oz = roughly 3%
3 drops of EO per oz = roughly 1%
MY LIST OF GREAT OILS
Grape Seed (though it's green)
Coconut (comes in fractionated and de-scented)
Tamanu (Brown. Good shelf life, great healer)
Meadowfoam Seed (Great healer, long shelf life)
Sea Buckthorn (caution: yellow on skin but GREAT oil! Lots of