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DIY herbal salve: how to make CBD salve and more

By Grace Dsouza

Mar 6, 2021


Herbal salves are very popular as a skincare product for people who prefer natural remedies over chemical ones. Since the salve does not contain water, they are considered anhydrous formulations. Due to its lack of water, salve does not need any preservatives and remains perfect to use up to a year or longer if kept in a refrigerator. People often prefer herbal creams to oil because they are easy to use and less messy due to their semi-solid state.

That’s why below we’re sharing the processes of making three different balms, which all have many medicinal and healing benefits. The first is a honey salve, the second is a cannabis salve, and the third one is a fresh mint salve. You can find honey and fresh peppermint in farms and stores. But, for cannabis, you have to visit an authorised Cannabis Dispensary. You can find various cannabis-infused products and herbal oils in any legal marijuana dispensary in Maryland, US, for example.

Honey salve

This homemade honey salve is the best antidote for your dry skin woes. Honey is rich in antimicrobial and balances the pH level of the skin, promoting cell regeneration. It is also a natural moisturiser and is rich in high nutrients and antioxidants. Follow the next steps to make the best honey salve ever:

– Heat 1 ½ cup of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then place a heatproof glass bowl over it and pour ½ cup of grated natural bee wax and ¼ cup of coconut oil.

– Stir the wax when it begins to melt, and then remove the bowl from the saucepan.

– In the molten wax and oil, add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil. Lavender oil would be perfect.

– Add 2 to 3 drops of vitamin oil and 1 teaspoon honey.

– Give it a mix for a few seconds.

– Then immediately pour the mixture into small containers using a funnel.

– Cover and let it cool down completely.

Cannabis/CBD salve

CBD, which is a compound found in cannabis, has many healing applications. Cannabis can lessen the discomfort related to arthritis, seizures, and psoriasis. It also heals eczema, general inflammations, rashes, skin irritation, itching, sore joints, muscle spasms, and more. Now that you’ve been reminded of its benefits, follow these steps to make CBD salve:

– First, decarboxylate your cannabis as if you were baking cannabutter. The process is pretty simple; just grind your cannabis (not too fine) and bake it in an oven for 25 to 30 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

– To make oil, combine the decarboxylated cannabis in 1 ½ cup of molten coconut oil. You can take raw ground cannabis and add a few grams.

– Heat the solution in a double boiler for 30 to 60 minutes while stirring occasionally.

– With a thermometer, measure the heat. Keep the heat below 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Strain the cannabis oil with a cheesecloth. The oil will be hot, so wear a pair of food-grade gloves while straining the oil. You can order the best quality CBD oil from a reputable online store like CBDfx.

– In a double boiler, heat ½ cup of bee-wax until it is melted down completely.

– Turn off the heat and add 1 ½ cup of the cannabis oil and 1/3 cup olive oil to the molten wax.

– Now add few drops of vitamin E and some essential oil.

– Stir and mix the solution and store it in containers. Start using it when it’s cooled down.

Fresh mint salve

Peppermint reduces skin dryness, regulates the sebaceous gland’s oil production capability, which prevents pimples and bumps to appear on the skin. Follow the steps to make a lovely peppermint salve:

– Chop 3 to 5 ounces of fresh peppermint leaves.

– In a double boiler, add 3 cups of olive oil. Maintain a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Add your chopped leaves into the oil and let it infuse for at least 3 to 6 hours while stirring occasionally.

– Turn off the heat and cool down the oil.

– Melt ½ cup of bee-wax and mix it with the infused olive oil while stirring.

– Store and use it whenever!

There you have it! These herbal balms will not only nourish your skin but also create a moisture layer on top of it, which will protect it better than anything else. The salves can also be used for treating skin conditions such as aching muscles, dry and itchy skin, minor cuts, wounds, bruises, rashes, sunburns, redness, chapped skin, cracked skin, blisters, dull skin, insect stings, bee stings, spider bites, poison ivy, and more! Miracle remedy much?