To make an herbal ointment or salve, you will need:
- Selected herbs. Use 1-2 ounces dried or 2-4 ounces fresh herbs.
- Base fatty substance such as purified liquid anhydrous lanolin, almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, cocoa butter, wheat germ, vitamin E, or pork lard. Use approximately 1 pint oil base or 8 ounces solid base. Use oils singly or in combination with one another.
- Thickener such as lanolin, shea butter, cocoa butter, glycerin, honey, liguis lecithin, powdered gum or resin (agar-agar or Irish moss), acid fruit pectin (from green apples, for example) as desired.
- Hardener such as beeswax (use approximately 2-4 tablespoons or 1-2 ounces) alone or beeswax in combination with paraffin.
- Heat herbs and base together until the normal color of the plant is lost (the healing essence having been absorbed by the base at this point).
- Strain the plant material out of the base with a filter cloth or strainer, transferring the heated/melted ointment into a storage container in the process.
- Add (melted, if necessary) thickener. Mix well.
- Add (melted, if necessary) hardener. Mix well.
- Allow to set.
- Store herbal ointment in tightly closed labeled container.