You can make this simple, yet effective diaper salve right in your own kitchen!
1 cup olive oil
3/4 cup chopped fresh herbs
1/4 cup of grated beeswax
Suggested wild herbs to gather: cottonwood buds (late-fall or winter), pussy willow bark (early spring), chickweed, yarrow and plantain (look in your garden or lawn!).
Heat 1 cup olive oil and 3/4 cup chopped herbs in a stainless steel, enameled or ceramic pan.
Simmer at low for 30 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon occasionally.
This helps to extract the herb essences and keeps it from burning.
Cool slightly, strain out any chunks of herbs remaining.
Return oil to pan and add 1/4 cup of beeswax pellets.
Stir gently to melt wax (you may need a bit of gentle heat to do this).
Place a drop on a plate and freeze for a few minutes to see if it hardens.
If it doesn't, add more beeswax; if it's too hard to spread on your skin easily, just add a bit more oil.
Store in a jar, labeled with ingredients and date.
Additional Uses: chapped lips and hands, scrapes from fall, minor burns, sunburn and bug bites.
Thanks to Cindy for this Frugal Baby Tip!
Photo credit: new salve cooling, by henna lion on Flickr
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