Herbal Healing Salve

This is our go-to first aid salve. We use it for many things - from hydrating dry skin in the winter to healing rashes, scrapes, and burns.  

Herbal Healing Salve


*See the DIY Infused Oils article for instructions on how to make infused oils.*



Notes on Ingredients

Coconut oil is moisturizing for the skin and has antibacterial properties.

Olive oil has long been used to moisturize skin and to heal wounds. It is rich in vitamins and has both antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Lavender has antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. It is also an analgesic. 

Rosemary is antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.

Peppermint is antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. (See cautionary notes below.)

Vitamin E is a natural preservative and is also anti-inflammatory.

Notes on Herbal Options  for Oil Infusions

Plantain is usually applied topically in a poultice,  but we have made an oil infusion before to use in this recipe. Plantain is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic.

Comfrey accelerates healing of skin and wounds.

Calendula accelerates healing. It is antimicrobial and antibacterial. 

Rose helps heal wounds. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral.

Chamomile is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging.

CAUTION: Be sure to avoid including any oils or herbs to which you are allergic. Children can be sensitive to peppermint, so I generally leave the peppermint essential oil out if I plan to gift a jar to someone with children.

DIY Healing (First Aid) Salve