Homemade Healing Salve

Homemade Healing Salve Recipe- Like Neosporin but more effective and all natural

Last week, within the span of one day, three of my kids needed a band-aid for some reason. With five kids who like to climb, jump and live in their treehouse, this is a common occurrence, so I decided to find a natural salve option to use instead of conventional ones like Neosporin.

A Healing Salve…

I’m not a fan of Neosporin because its made with petroleum jelly and there are natural options that work just as well.

My homemade healing salve (or “boo-boo lotion”, according to the kids) is helpful on cuts, bruises, stings, poison ivy and skin irritations. It also helps diaper rash and baby skin irritations- just don’t use with cloth diapers or line them first.

It’s easy to make and some of the ingredients even grow in your front yard during the summer… One of the herbs I use is Plantain, which grows in most parts of the country and is great for the skin. Most people just know it as a common garden weed.

This salve is naturally antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and astringent. It also doesn’t contain petroleum! I never goes bad, so I make it in big batches, but you can reduce the size if needed. I always keep this on hand while gardening for skin irritations and bug bites.

All ingredients and tins and lip chap containers to store it in are available here. (Storing in a lip-chap container makes it portable and easy to apply. )

Healing Salve Ingredients

Healing Salve Instructions

  1. Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two ways to do this. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave 3-4 weeks, shaking daily OR heat the herbs and olive oil over low/low heat in a double boiler for 3 hours (low heat!) until the oil is very green.
  2. Strain her herbs out of the oil by pouring through a cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil out.
  3. Discard the herbs.
  4. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler with the beeswax until melted and mixed.
  5. Pour into small tins, glass jars or lip chap tubes and use on bites, stings, cuts, poison ivy, diaper rash or other wounds as needed.

Ever made your own salves? Share below!

This natural healing salve is a chemical free alternative to antibiotic ointments and has herbs to help prevent infection.

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  1. This would be worth trying. I found out the hard way that I am allergic to Neomycin. I had an ear infection and they gave me Neomycin drops for it. I almost lost my hearing. They weren’t sure if I would get it totally back. Thank GOD I did. I just about won’t use any medicaitons. Too many risk.

    • Hi Katie,

      I’m from Australia where plantain grows minimally, probably some native ones around but I have not investigated them just yet. Would HEMP oil work do you think? Also I am thinking of selling some at my school fete, based on the ingredients you listed plus hemp oil, how long do you think the shelf life would be (considering people will use their hands to touch the salve, etc.)

      Many thanks 🙂

      • Hi,
        I’m in Australia too. I make a similar balm to this with beeswax coconut oil (cold pressed – I’ve found the ones that smell less coconut are better for healing), jojoba, essential oils lavander, tea tree. I oringanal lay made it for my son as pomade but found it was fantastic on dry hands, bite and eczema too. Plus it’s all natural and smells lovely.

        • I’ve yet to try this recipe but very interested as both my son and I suffer ezcema.

          Bel, I’d love to get a hold of your recipe too? how can I get this? Thanks

        • Could I ask what your recipe is? I suffer from severe eczema on my hands.

          • Hi Katie

            Is it possible to use a mixture of dried and fresh herbs to make the oils?

          • I’ve had severe hand eczema my whole life and have yet to find relief! ?

          • I use what we call the “Stovetop Melting Method”. You’ll need a wide soup pan (3 quart or larger) and a 16 oz Pyrex measuring cup to get started. They Pyrex has to fit inside the pot. Fill the pan about 1/4 full of water, put the Pyrex cup in that pan, and use these as a double boiler. Once the water has come to a boil, lower it to a simmer and add ingredients in the following order, stirring frequently. This is not the time to multi-task! Stay in front of the stove the whole time.

            Beeswax and jojoba are first (if jojoba is applicable). Once beeswax and jojoba are melted, add the hardest butter. Once melted, add all the other hard ingredients, then add the softer ones like coconut oil. Leave on the heat only until melted. Once melted, take off the heat and add the liquid oils and shea butter and stir until melted. Once fully melted, add essential oils to the melted butter, stir and pour into containers. Cover containers right away.

            In this recipe you aren’t going to be using any hard butters like mango or softer ones like shea, but if you want to try your hand at something that does use them, the above method is the best I’ve ever found.

            ECZEMA BALM

            1 oz beeswax
            1 oz jojoba oil
            1 oz avocado oil
            1.5 oz rose hip seed oil
            .25 tsp liquid Vitamin E
            6 drops geranium oil
            3 drops benzoin resin
            3 drops elemi oil
            3 drops ylang ylang oil

            Combine using the stovetop method described above, pour into container(s) of your choice, cover, let stand until cool and balm has set. Apply as needed.

            Hope this helps!

          • Just wanted to share that after 20 plus years of suffering eczema on my hands, I had a chemical allergy test done and 2 months later, my hands are almost perfect! I’m now making my own salves and soaps ( which is why I’m here for ideas) and avoiding all the everyday things I’m allergic to, such as rubber, latex, parabens and lanolin among others. I’d highly recommend getting tested!

      • Hi there,

        I, too, am from Australia and I had to find out a bit more about ‘plantain’, as I would love to make this balm (Bel’s sounds great, too).

        Here are some links that I have found useful, including a summary by Wellness Mama:


        I found this helpful, and by the looks of it, plantain can be found in quite a few places around the country.


        • We have heaps of it in Melbourne! I’ve got lots in my front yard 🙂

      • Hi 🙂

        is it possible to use comfrey root insted of leaves?

        Many thanks


        • Comfrey leaves are far safer to use, since the root contains substances that have proved to cause liver damage. If you stick with the dried leaf you will be much better off.

      • Hemp oil is highly susceptible to spoilage–especially if it is lightly heated in making oils. If you can regulate the heating of the oil to cook in the herbs, about 3-6 months in the refrigerator for hemp oil.

    • Hi, it is now May 2015, so this may be too late to contribute, but here goes anyway.
      We lived in Holland (Netherlands) before moving to Canada, and I was told by a friend there to try milk for ear infections. I would soak the end of a small piece of cotton wool (just enough to be damp but not drippy) and place it gently (just enough into the child’s ear for it not to fall out) and leave it there overnight. By the morning, or after no more than 24 hours, the ear infection was always gone.
      Fast forward to now, and I’ve been researching colostrum and lactoferrin (a component of both colostrum and milk) for a quite different problem (long story), and have discovered that milk has an extraordinary list of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and even anti-protozoal* ingredients, along with many, many others miraculous protective and life-giving substances put their by its original Designer. I know this has little direct connection to the wonderful salve in question, but thought I would share it anyway, in case it helps somebody. Blessings to all you wonderful people contributing such helpful information on this thread, and especially to Wellness Mama for this exceptionally well-presented site. So grateful. : )

      • Milk is a wonderful food and can treat a few issues. Though it must be raw milk as pasturization cooks all the beneficial components right out of it. Grass fed and all that good stuff. Colustrum is a staple in our home. In Southern California I was able to buy it raw at health food store and used it to treat my children’s ear infections and viruses, a shock to my doctors who shook their fingers at me for refusing antibiotics. Now in Utah I have a harder time finding raw milk, I use the chewable forms of colustrum and it works quite well. I haven’t found it to help as much with my son’s eczema as diet and natural skin care products. I do allow him some cheat days (he’s 12 and I want him to learn to take control of his own health) and his skin usually shows it, then he doubles up on the lotion bars and probiotics. Cheers =)

        • Look for it online you can get it anywhere if you order it.

      • I know a few people that have placed a drop or two of breast milk into their babies ears to treat ear infections and it really does works!

        • Aha! Brilliant idea! Colostrum would be even better, but sadly that only lasts for about 3 days. You can buy it, though, and there is a Swiss company that sells not only Swiss Brown Cow colostrum, but also colostrum from goats and even mares. Not sure if they export to the U.S. yet, but there are also reliable U.S. and Canadian companies selling good quality colostrum. Colostrum, of course, is another entire subject in itself – one of the most amazing substances God created. Still, I was pleasantly surprised to find that even pasteurized store-bought regular cow’s milk still did the job on my children’s ear’s when they were young. Best wishes. : )

          • SPROUTS Grocery sells raw milk.
            I trust getting it from there.
            I am in California and don’t know where all they are located. Look them up.

  2. Where are all of these herbs found?

  3. Thank you. I learned of the healing properties of “Soldiers herb” aka plantain last summer but was unsure of how best to utilize it. I have to young boys 5 and 2 and we all have allergies to a lot of things. This will be taking a place of honor in our medicine cabinet!! Thank you a thousand times.

  4. hey there wellness mama, I’m new to your site but I was wondering where you got your double boiler from? everything I find at target looks like what I use to steam my veggies, are they one in the same?

    • I found mine at a garage sale, but it is basically a small pan with a slightly bigger pan that fits on top of it. I put water in the bottom one and the ingredients in the top one. Most of the time though I just use a glass bowl on top of a saucepan that is a little smaller…

      • I am trying this now… glass bowl on top of saucepan that is a little smaller. It’s been 3 hours on low heat and the mixture is not really green. What have a done wrong? Was a supposed to bring the water to a boil and then turn to low heat for 3 hours? I was afraid of ruining it…

        • Yes, basically, the oil has to get hot enough to pull the beneficial properties from the herbs. It isn’t ruined, just needs more time/heat

          • Can I use slow cooker on high for 4h?

  5. This herb is more amazing than most people know.  My dad lived in the Jungle of Peru (Tarapoto) to be exact and a medicine man introduced this herb to him when one day he showed him a lesion on the back of his left leg. Dad had previously gone to see a regular doctor, and was told he had a skin cancer and it was not curable unless cut off and it was the size of his calf muscle.  Well… this herb that USA calls plantain is called “LLANTEN”‘ in Peru. The medicine man told him to boil water and to drop a leaf in the boiling water just long enough to wilt it, take it out an cool slightly and put the entire leaf or leaves on the affected area and wrap with cheese cloth. Change it daily and do this for a week or until it was gone. After this primitive treatment, all dad had left was a discolored smooth area on the back of his leg for the rest of his life. I personally grow this herb, (it grows wild) and when i make collard greens or other greens I also include some LLANTEN leaves. I also make tea with the leaves, boil water and let it steep, add some honey and a little lemon and enjoy.

    • Thank you for the info. GOD Bless

  6. Love your website 🙂

  7. Wow, this is so cool! I have this week growing throughout my yard and had no clue it was anything but a weed!  Can you move it to a pot to grow indoors?  I have never seen it for sale normally.

    • Honestly, I’ve never tried moving it indoors, but let me know if you try it!

      •  I will if I can get it to work.  Thanks!

  8. What is the size of the jar you use?  I can’t seem to find that, and b/c of the small amount of herbs, I’m guessing it matters so that its not to diluted?  Thanks.

  9. This is wonderful stuff! I was looking for something to put on wounds in place of antibiotic ointment, and this is perfect. I didn’t have the yarrow, but made it anyway. We needed something for cracked thumbs, so I took my healing salve, put it in the double boiler with some cocoa butter and beeswax, and wa-la. Thick, non-melty healing salve that coats skin.

    • I can’t help myself but I must correct you: please don’t take offense!
      It’s VOILA no wa-la and it means “see it there” as in, from the two words voir (to see) la (there) so it’s voila, meaning, see it there for yourself, that is the meaning. And now you can voila for yourself 🙂

      • Maybe her expression is wa-la and she wrote exactly what she meant! I love learning new words and expressions, don’t you?

      • It’s actually “voilà”, to be quite exact! 😉

  10. I wish I could find an effective healing salve that didn’t contain comfrey. I realize healthy individuals can use certain amounts of comfrey without trouble, but I am a battling cancer– all naturally–and don’t want to overload my liver with anything since I need my liver to help fight the cancer. Is there any suitable substitute for the comfrey? Thanks in advance.

    • I make my slave with plantain, lavender and rosemary. Just plantain is wonderful! My favorite healing herb.

      • Mmmmmmmm that sounds delicious! I’m making plantain salve now (it’s in the crock pot on low overnight), and adding lavender and rosemary sounds wonderful! I was thinking lavender and bergamot or Lemongrass. I found a different recipe before this one and had already started making it when I found this one. The one I used only uses plantain, not other herbs along with it. It calls for coconut or olive oil but I only had a fresh grapeseed oil, so that’s what I used. I will add beeswax tomorrow to thicken it. I can’t wait to try it! Love reading everyone’s comments.
        Julie in Minnesota

    • The Comfrey makes cells replicate so that they heal faster–it is a “top down healer” which means the skin will seal at the surface first, so it’s not for use on deep wounds until infection has been cleared and the wound well on its way to finishing healing.. This formula should be just fine without it, all of the herbs are great for healing the skin. Using the Comfrey as a part of a formula for an external application such as this should not have an adverse effect on your liver. That worry comes more from internally ingesting Comfrey long term. But again, you don’t need it for this recipe to be effective.

    • An alternative to comfrey for cancer, could be hemp oil, not hemp seed oil, but CBD oil or hemp oil. See: Run From The Cure on youtube for more information. Extremely Valuable Information!!

    • Comfrey is not meant to be taken internally, it not only causes liver damage but some studies suggest cancer. HOWEVER, used topically the only harm it can cause is dermatitis if you are allergic to it. If used in a deep wound (which is not recommended for any herbal product) it might have a small chance but it will not affect the liver in salve form. If you are worried about your liver try milk thistle or dandelion both have amazing liver protecting and boosting properties they can keep your liver healthy or fix damage done with the only side effect being an allergic reaction if you had one prior.

      I’ve done extensive research on comfrey, dandelion, and plantain during my herbalist training. Comfrey as long as it is not ingested and you are not allergic is not harmful and a very good wound healer.

      • Comfrey leaves are fine to ingest….I have been using them for teas and other things for 40 years….nothing wrong with my liver. If anything, it could be the root that can cause some problem.
        But I think this is if you use lots of it for a long time. And I mean LOTS. Which is not what you’re probably going to do. Comfrey is great. I use the leaf in my mineral tea mix…..It’s one of my very favorite herbs….

      • Lindsey, where did you receive your herbalist training? And did you earn a certificate or degree ? My great-grandmother was an herbalist from Czechoslovakia; she taught me a lot, but I’d like to get some kind of formal certification.

  11. are the herbs fresh or dried? Does it matter? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Fresh herbs will more than likely cause mold, try dry wilting the fresh herbs for a few days to get all the moisture out. Or use dried herbs.

      • I used fresh herbs. The water steams off during the heating process. You can include vitamin E as a preservative or a essential oil that will fight mold growth.

        • Theives is an esstential oil that fights mold. Can put in difuser for getting mold out of room air. And fir cleaning. Great stuff!!

  12. My mother used to call this leaf a Frogs leaf because of the way it resembled a frogs back. I still use the whole leaf for infected cuts and the like!

  13. I have comfrey in my yard – lot of it but I made a salve and it smelled so bad – is that normal? I did a jar of olive oil and comfrey leaves and then after it sit – I made a salve adding beeswax. it was more of a soupy green and stank so bad. it wasn’t stink it was Stank – I ended up just tossin it. does comfrey smell bad – or maybe my neighbor was wrong and it wasn’t comfrey. They were some nice big leaves. Thanks D*

    • I’ve never had it smell bad like that… it definitely has an earthy scent, but not bad… probably good that you tossed it!

    • Did you use fresh leaves in the oil and how long did you let it sit? Fresh leaves are very juicy and will start to rot and this will smell nasty, best to dry the leaves first so there is no water in your mix!

    • Maybe if you used fresh herbs they started to go bad or get moldy and that’s what caused the scent…

    • As others said, it is likely due to using fresh herbs at air temp. Heating it will steam off water before it has a chance to rot. To infuse at room temp, dried herbs miGht be a good way to go.

  14. This looks great. I’m looking for something that I can make and store – any idea how long this might store before it “expires”? Thanks.

    • If made with dried herbs, it will last indefinitely…

  15. This is so sad it’s funny. We have the best medicinal plants growing freely all over and we are taught that they are all weeds. I had no clue what plantain was and looked it up on google. This has been plaguing my yard for the last 3+ years that I have lived here and I am constantly ripping it up because I don’t want to use pesticides! lol Now I feel silly. Looking forward to the spring and my yard full of plantain, dandelions & other stuff this year! 🙂

    • I know I’m late to the party but I just wanted to say, all plants have uses! We’ve been conditioned to believe that some plants are undesirable. There’s an old fable about a youth who studied herb lore with a master herbalist. The master told the youth that his final test was to go out and find a plant that was useless. The youth spent weeks trying to find one and finally came back and told his teacher he couldn’t find any growing thing that was useless. The master told him, you have passed the test. 🙂

      There are many good books out there about plants and their uses. Be careful what you ingest or put on your skin, of course. And enjoy the green growing world!

  16. I made this, turned out wonderful. didn’t have calendula, though.

  17. How long is a batch of healing salve last before it turns rancid and how to store it?

    • If made from dried herbs it will last for years…

  18. Does infusing multiple herbs together in the same jar of olive oil take away from the effectiveness (potency?), as opposed to, say, if you were to infuse each herb in its own jar of olive oil?

    P.s. your website has become a favorite! I share it with as many people as I can… it’s really helping me change my lifestyle – for the better 🙂 Thank you!

  19. Is the plantain you refer to the one with long, tapered leaves and seedy sticks on long stems, or the short, rounder leaves with the seedy sticks on short stems? I’ve seen both pictures on google. I’m sure the taller plant is refered to as “English Plantain”. When I had allergy testing done about a decade ago, the doctor told me that I was allergic to English plantain. Do you think it would be unsafe to use like this, or could it just be the pollen that agravates my allergies and not the leaves?

    • I would guess your allergy is just to the pollen, but you might want to leave the plantain just in case…

  20. I’m going to give this a try! Quick question, what do you think of anise seed? I read it is an expectorant herb and since I have some at home I was wondering if I could add it to this recipe, if so, is it [anise seed] okay for toddlers.Thanks!

  21. Is this good for after birth wounds?

  22. How often can I use this on a “boo boo”?

      • how many times a day would you use this salve on a boo boo?

  23. Your formula is almost exactly like mine. I add Lavendar and Teatree Essential oil after I strain. I also use a crockpot on low to make mine. Much easier for me. I don’t have to worry about checking the water. And I leave the lid off, so it doesn’t get too hot. Thanks for your site and keep the recipes coming!!!

    • I am going to make mine in a crockpot! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Do you have a crock pot just for remedies? Or do you use the same one for remedies and cooking? I’m wondering if it would get smells and tastes stuck in it that would get into food.

      • I would just use it as a double boiler, same as on the stove. Put your jar filled with oils and herbs into the crockpot and add water around it, and you will have to keep adding water throughout the day. At night about an hour before I go to bed, I turn it on high. Then turn it onto warm, and put the lid on to help retain heat while I am sleeping. The lid doesn’t fit exactly because I use a quart canning jar, but in my own mind I think that helps even a little bit, to retain the heat.

  24. I made this and it smells and feels wonderful. I decided to pour the mixture into these cute 1 oz push up tubes. The only problem is when I went to sample pushing one up the whole mixture fell out. It was very very soft. I live in Florida and it’s extremely hot and humid here and I store them in an un air-conditioned area. Is it possible to add more beeswax so this is a tad more solid and not as soft more like a balm texture?

    • Yep… you can definitely remelt and add more to thicken it up…

  25. Intriguing! I wonder…I have psoriasis. I wonder if this would help to heal it?

    • Yes! Try adding a few drops of carrot seed oil and German chamomile oil to it. Both of those oils are reputed to be great for eczema.

  26. Is it OK to use coconut oil instead?
    thanks, bless!

    • I did and it’s great!

  27. When do you add the Vitamin E?

  28. I grow all these herbs….but it dosen’t say if they are fresh or dried…I am assuming dried since most people would not have them fresh???

  29. Hi! LOVE your blog 😀 Question about this salve-I don’t have any comfrey but have an infused oil I bought from Mountain Rose, so I think that would work, how much should I add?
    Thanks and keep up the good work!!

  30. I have hand dermatites (spelling) how do I get rid of it? The Dr said I will always have it but symtoms may go away. Help

    • Try switching to handmade soap. You can make your own using lye & oils, there are plenty of recipes online. I like 30% coconut oil, 70% olive oil soap with a 7% superfat. Handmade soap naturally contains glycerin which helps to keep your skin moisturized. If you’re worried about the lye, don’t be – it reacts with the oil and forms soap, there is no leftover lye. Just soap! All soap is made this way, but store-bought soaps have no glycerin – it is removed and sold to pharmacies.

      • Just be very, very exact with the quantities and be sure to let the soap cure for a few weeks before you use it. This will get rid of any excess lye. Alkali is nothing to be trifled with, and an excessively basic soap will do your hands no favour. That said, I made the switch to homemade soap a while back due to allergies and sensitivities at home and I’m not going back. 🙂 Here is the recipe I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGfXLznJJY0

  31. I have sensitive skin that’s normally itchy all over, all the time. Drs haven’t been able to figure out the cause and I’m taking allergy meds am and pm. I would love to use this as an all-over body cream/butter. What modifications should I make for that?

    • It can be used as is or you could add more liquid oil like olive oil to thin it more.

    • Theives is an esstential oil that fights mold. Can put in difuser for getting mold out of room air. And fir cleaning. Great stuff!!

  32. Hi. I love all of your recipes for cleaning and bath and body, but we’re vegan. Which is pretty much the opposite of Paleo. Being vegan we don’t use gelatin or beeswax or honey…. any suggestions of things to use in their stead? Thanks!

    • Candelilla wax is a terrific vegan substitute for beeswax. You will need to use much less than the beeswax amount tho!

  33. I”ve been vegan for about a year and 85% raw for the past 9 months, but this past spring every time I had a few abrasions (from a shoe that rubbed the top of my foot raw, and scraped up knees from tearing up a tile floor) that just turned into full-blown eczema that I still can’t get rid of. I eat a lot of coconut (milk and oil), have tried everything from coconut oil to shea butter, to tea tree oil, to grapefruit seed extract, but nothing seems to make it better. I’ve also been making sure I drink 50 ounces of water every day, so it’s not dehydration. The rashes are extremely itchy at night, get oozy if I scratch them, and look like alligator skin. The only relief I have found is putting ice on it. I’d love to hear if anyone has had the same problem and gotten rid of it.

    • My daughter has al.ost the same issue. She was diagnosed with eczema, but the rx creams did not help. What I have done is place coconut oil outside to be heated (we live in Texas, hot summers) then I add some drops of Oregano oil. I mix this up in the hot coconut oil. We apply it morning and night. I have also found an oil roller container where I mixed grape seed oil and the oregano oil so she can apply at school or on the go. We try to apply it at least 3 times a day for major flare ups. I hope this helps! Oregano oil is a must in our house.

    • you might consider calling the office of Dr Robert Morse and talking to one of the detox specialists there, and they can talk about how this often happens going raw and what to do to help it pass, you can also submit question for Dr Morse to answer on youtube via his website., ive seen him mention it in his youtube videos. you can also search his youtube channel videos for “eczema”

    • Oregano oil will clear that up fast…use 2-3x a day and always use gloves or wash hands before and after applications. Please make sure it has the olive oil not the alcohol.

  34. Is there a reason not to use coconut oil in this recipe? I love it in other salves and lip balms.

    • It seems that it would be hard to infuse coconut oil unless it is very hot where you live, as coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees. Coconut oil’s inconsistent hardness would also affect the consistency of the salve and make it too hard sometimes

  35. Would this be useful for burns? Or is there something else you can recommend? I burned my upper lip (1st degree) drinking tea this past Sunday and it has started to peel/flake and it feels so dry and itchy. I’ve been using raw honey when I’m home, which seems to help but is not practical for when I’m out.

  36. Hi Katie,
    Would this be good for a small minor burn? My one-year-old burned her thumb and I’m worried about tissue repair/scarring… I hate thinking that her thumb will have a scar, but I don’t want to use Neosporin or Mederma to help the skin heal. Will the Vitamin E help with scarring? Thanks 🙂

    • Put honey on a burn. It will take burn out and prevent blistering.

  37. Hey, I was wondering if this salve is safe to use when pregnant? I suffer with eczema and can’t use anything usually would due to the pregnancy, looking for something before it takes over my whole body!!! Thanks

    • it is recommended to avoid yarrow if pregnant. i am making this balm for my pregnant sister whose eczema is flaring up, so i am leaving out the yarrow.

  38. Approximately how many 1/2 oz tins does this recipe make?
    According to the math it would be around 36. That seems like a lot.

    • You can put it in small mason jars instead.

  39. can you use plantain leaf powder and comfrey leaf powder? the supplier is out of both of these currently and would like to make this salve soon. Also i saw that you were going to post a recipe for Healing Bar and Vapo Rub bar have you done that yet? I have not found it if you did.


  40. Hello. I was wondering, when you mention the measurements of leaves, herbs, flowers, etc… are you talking about dried or fresh? I am new to making my own slaves and I just want to do it right. Thanks!

  41. Also if I wanted it more…spreadable could I just add a little bit of coconut oil? Or more olive?

  42. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! Am looking forward to trying it, someone recently told me that Comfrey is a carcinogen?? Have u heard of this?? Thanks for any thoughts you might have on this….

  43. Did you ever post the recipe for the Healing Bar? would it just be adding more beeswax?

  44. I have a question. 🙂 What kind of olive oil do I use? I notice at the store there are olive oils of different colors and they have labels for different uses. Like this one is dipping, for frying, for baking, etc etc… which one is good for salves? Any of them? Does it matter? Would if affect the salve differently with different olive oils?


  45. I have a question also- Everyone seems to be sold out of small quantities of organic comfrey leaf, so I’m ordering it in powder form. What would the measurement be for that? Seems like it would be less since it’s more condensed. I’m making it for my 1 yr old’s excema so I’m trying to be very cautious about the amount of comfrey I put in it since I don’t want him ingesting any. Oh also I’m using coconut oil, I’m assuming that will work just as well? Thanks!

    • I would love to know this too, as mountain rose herbs still seems to be out of stock on most of the herbs you are using and I would substitute the powder if possible and I would like to make this as soon as I can. Thank you, I love your site and all the wonderful advice too.

  46. Can I use this as an anti-fungal cream for a fungal irritation on my sons bottom cheek?

    • Coconut products are anti-fungal

  47. What about infusing the oil in a slow cooker/Crockpot for 3 hours on low??

  48. Hi,
    Can you tell me (about) how many 1 oz tins this recipe would make?

    • This made about 16oz for me.

  49. Could I substitute avocado oil for the olive oil?

  50. Seems like a silly question but when you say olive oil do you mean extra virgin olive oil or the refined olive oil? Im getting everything to make several of your home products Friday that all require olive oil and I’m just not sure if I’ve got the right one.

  51. Hi,
    Do you know if jojoba oil would work instead of olive oil?

  52. When infusing the oil, is it best left in a cool dark place? or a warm sunny window?

  53. Hi this sounds great! Is it ok to use around the eye area. My most bothersome eczema patch happens to be on my upper eyelid.

  54. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! I only have a solid block of beeswax on hand. If the amount of beeswax needed will be different than the amount the pastilles calls for, how much would you suggest?


    • This is exactly what I was going to ask. What would the measurement end up being? I really want to make this but I want a general idea of how much of the block to use. Thanks for the great recipe.

  55. This is great! I live in a dry climate, so have been using this on problem dry skin. My teenager uses it on acne and most recently we used it to heal a sunburn. I also discovered that olive oil has UV protection in it, so I will apply it before going in the sun too. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  56. I was considering making this, but I am pregnant and on your Comfrey page, you say that Comfrey shouldn’t be used when pregnant, even externally. Would this salve still be useful without the Comfrey? Or do you have a different recipe? Thx!

  57. Starting making this last summer, and I am making another batch as we speak. I made this using coconut oil as a base, along with comfrey and plantain herb (harvest and dry my own), and vitamin E. It works great for people and dogs, and stops bleeding very quickly.

  58. How long would this last if made with fresh herbs?

  59. If you want to use this to stop bleeding, would you just apply it directly WHILE it’s still bleeding or do you wipe off afflicted area first and THEN apply directly?
    I can’t wait until my ingredients come in to try as many of your recipes as I can this weekend!

  60. Thanks for the inspiration! I have all of these growing in my garden – would it matter if you used fresh herbs or would it be better to dry them first?

  61. I am new to making oils/salves but I have all of these herbs in my garden/yard in abundance. Can you have too much of a good thing? Trying to get past the “if a little is good a lot is better” mindset. What I’m asking is can you double or triple the mount of herbs in the same amount of oil or would that cause more harm than good? What about adding lavender to the mix? Thank you.

    • It might be a little powerful at that point… possibly irritating to the skin.

  62. Is your eczema salve similar to champori cream? If so, do you have a pre-treatment spray similar to it as well because it as worked wonders, but it is so expensive. I know I can make it at a cheaper price.

    • I am sorry, I am not familiar with that cream, so I can’t really compare.

  63. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into sharing this info – I’ve been following your blog for over a year and have learned so much! I was considering adding melaleuca essential oil to this as I’ve read it’s supposed to be very healing for the skin – but am just learning about oils and am not sure how much, or if that’s even a good idea. We use your original recipe on my son’s excema patches, which he has at times scratched raw. Would you advise trying the oil?

  64. Can you use this while nursing? Thanks.

  65. Hi, my six month old baby has severe eczema with open wounds on her face, it is weeping and infected. We have such heartbreaking days since she is 12 weeks old. Is this salve safe to use for babies face? Thanks. PS: lastly I put aloe herb on her skin it helps a little but not healled completely. Thanks in advence

    • Have you tried adjusting your diet to remove potential allergens and being really careful with with you feed her? Tallow lotion and lavender essential oil were also helpful when one of ours had eczema

    • Coconut oil is edible and certainly won’t harm. If you are nursing try adding yogurt or probiotics to your diet or if formula feeding try one with a probiotic added. There has been some interesting research in probiotics and the medical people agreed if it doesn’t help it certainly won’t hurt. I introduced it with my 1yr old and within a week there was remarkable improvement.

      • Hi, many thanks for your reply. I will try tallow and lavander. For lavander should I diluted it with olive oil? Also, I don’t have any dairy, nuts, tomatoes, oranges, fish, berries and many other things in my diet. I can say it really helps. Before I cut dairy products she was vomiting a lot, but thanks to God there is no more vomiting. I plan to make my own yogurt with goats’ milk and give to her, I hope it will work. As an information I am prescribed lots of antibiotics and after all she and me suffered with our digestive system. Many thanks again.

  66. Great idea! Quick question: if I don’t have/can’t find comfrey leaf, would using double the plantain suffice instead? Thanks!

  67. Hello and thank you for your great website! Do you know if it would be possible, or effective to use a convection oven to make salve with?

  68. I know it would take some time for you, but it would be so helpful if you explained why you choose the herbs and/or oils you use in each recipe. Even though I like your website and basically trust your judgement, I still like to know why each ingredient is used. Especially when I’m going to use it for my kids. Thanks a million!

  69. Hey! How much does this recipe make??

    • I have the same question–Wellness Mama, could you please let us know how much this recipe makes?

      Or rather, how many people it might be good for?

      Thank you!


      • It makes about 1 cup of finished salve, which is enough to fill two really large tins or 4-8 smaller size ones.

  70. Can I use herbal extract of each herb instead. And if so how many drops of each?

    • If they are oil based extracts you can, but if they are liquid or alcohol based, they won’t blend with the oils in the salve. essential oils do work though and you could use about 5 drops of each

  71. About how many lip chap tubes will I need for the recipe as written?

  72. Hi Wellness Mama! First off, I love you! Anyway, could I perhaps replace the plantain leaves with St. John’s Wort?

  73. Just wondering if this would be ok to use on lips. My kids get bad chapped lips and won’t let me put anything on them because it stings. And I can’t guarantee they won’t lick it off. Thanks a bunch!

  74. Could I use tallow in addition or in place of beeswax?

    • I was wondering the same thing! Hopefully someone answers.

  75. I want to make this but the calendula and rosemary are currently out of stock. would this be weird to not make it with? I know it says optional but I am just curious. Also, how well does this work on eczema? I have terrible eczema and am in search of the perfect salve to reduce the redness and bumps! Thanks!

    • You can always buy your herbs on Amazon.com.

  76. Hi,

    In a lot of your recipes there are optional ingredients. I just wanted to know why they’re optional… Would the recipe be more effective with the optional ingredients?

    • Yes. I use the optional ingredients and find they are more effective with all of the ingredients, but if a recipe will work without a specific ingredient, I list it as option in case someone who doesn’t have all of the ingredients wants to try it

  77. Where can I find the different herbs that you have used in this? Also, I am looking for a good product to use after bikini/brazilian waxing, would this be good?

  78. Does anybody have examples where this salve works? I made the salve exactly as directed and for have been applying it to two minor surface sores on my kids as I would with neosporin. There is no improvement on the inflammation or healing progress.

  79. can i use pure essential oils instead. I am making soaps for gifts, and body butter for MIL has eczema, and many allergies. thought id try some of these ingrediants in body butter for her, but with oils instead

  80. Hi Jane! My almost 4 month old baby has the same problem. Did you make the salve, if so, did it work on your baby? Thanks!

  81. Hi wellness mama! My baby girl busted her nose and I knew where to look for the salve! Thanks! Question: I have the infused plantain and calendula oils from mrah. How much should I add of each instead of the dry leaves?

  82. My 7 month old has severe eczema that nothing has helped. I nurse and have removed dairy and eggs, which she tested with a level 1 allergy to but it has made zero improvement. Could I do the herbal infusion of the oil as in step 1, then use in a lotion recipe for her daily body lotion or would the herbs be too diluted at that point? Thank you, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  83. I modified this to use ingredients I had available. Coconut oil instead of olive and beeswax, and left out the optional ingredients. I also added vitamin E as a preservative. I’ve shared it with a few friends and my sister..we’ve used it on scrapes, burns, minor lacerations, rashes, mystery itches and all other topical irritations. Best part- my friend and I use it on our dogs with great success. Even helps stop bleeding on minor punctures when the pups get carried away! We all love this stuff!

  84. Hi Katie, can I just buy some pre-made stuff from you? My son has severe eczema and molluscum and a staph infection we can’t get rid of.

    • I wish… but currently I am not selling anything.

  85. I just have to comment on this salve. Our 14 year old cat got attacked by something and had a terrible, deep gash below his ear. We found it on the weekend and wasn’t able to get him to the vet. I washed the wound out and put a big glob of this salve on it and I was amazed at the healing. I continued with the washing out and putting the salve on it all weekend and we did not have to take him to the vet because we saw a great improvement in a few days. No infection and completely healed in a couple of weeks. I really thought he would die because of that injury. I now have a container for each of my pets. So easy to make, too. Thanks for your website!

  86. I have all of these herbs growing in my garden or, in the case of plantain, it’s a weed and comes up everywhere a weed can grow, even in the cracks of the driveway. Can I use these herbs fresh instead of dried, although I have most of them dried and on hand at all times? The beeswax comes from my honey man (beekeeper) and I get it in big chunks. Make friends with your local beekeeper and you will know where your honey comes from, (ie, not China). I also use coconut oil for some of my projects. I get it in a 5 gallon pail directly from Tropical Traditions because I use it for cooking also.
    I love your website and at 78 I’m still learning.

  87. Wellness Mama, How did you apply the Tallow and lavender for your child with eczema? Did you mix the 2 and what where the measurements if you did? Thanks in advance!

  88. Hi, is it safe to use on a 4 month old baby? He has eczema on his cheeks and a few patches on his body? How often can I apply to his skin?

  89. Katie–

    Do you sell this Homemade Healing Salve?? I would love to buy some of you do.

    • Currently I do not sell it, but thanks for your interest!

  90. Hi. Love the great info you share. My question is can I use EO in place of the any of the dried plants/leafs?

  91. Is there something that can be used in place of bees wax pasitlles? My husband had a severe allergic reaction to a different type of bee product that makes me worry about a reaction to this could it be omitted or is this something I could use instead?

  92. Can I use comfrey root instead of comfrey leaves. I accidentally ordered the wrong thing : (

  93. I recently researched the FDA and regulations on salves and balms and you do need approval through them to make a claim that you have a healing product that goes under medical. You can make them for personal use but do not sell them.

    • if you are selling it.

  94. I’m wondering if you would be able to comfrey essential oil instead of the leaves? how much of it would I put in in that case? TIA!

  95. I did the math and its roughly 2 1/2 cups of ingredients. Now you’re throwing out the herbs so it’s probably just the initial 2 1/4 cups of liquid you’re adding to the recipe. Which is 18oz. Now there might be less cause you’re straining it with cheesecloth but I would buy enough tubes or jars to fit 18oz. of liquid in it. I’m making this today for my husband. He has eczema on his chest, back and now its on his legs. The doctors gave him some steroid cream. I’d rather try something natural than putting all those toxins in his body. Love your website!!!!!

  96. Can I use powder for most of the herbs? That’s all the store had and also, should I use muslin instead of cheesecloth if I use powder? Will it still have the same indefinite shelf life?

  97. I’m making this but it seems a little watery. The beeswax has melted already, is that normal? Will it thicken as it cools?

  98. There are lots of different Callendula, does it matter which one? I have Callendula Jaguar.

  99. There is no way that using only 1/4 cup of beeswax with 2 cups olive oil base is going to get the consistency of a salve.

    I am super frustrated with this because I spent about $90 USD on the herbal plant material to use on this. Then I spent $45 USD on the essential oil that I added in (actually, Soothanol X2).

    Are you saying without a doubt, 100% SURETY that you only used 1/4 beeswax to 2 cups olive oil to get a hardened, easy to apply salve? Well, I sure didn’t! Super frustrated about that. Please comment.

  100. So I just asked my herbalist group about the ratio of beeswax to oil, and they agreed that it should be either 1:1 ratio or 1:2 ratio. You have a 1:4 ratio and I am really questioning this. I want to re-iterate that I spent over $100 on my ingredients for my salve. I live in Colorado and bought the best pain relieving marijuana buds, I also bought high CBD hemp plant material, and I used arnica flowers. And I used 1/2 bottle of Soothanol for its pain relieving properties.

    This is supposed to be a pain relieving powerhouse, yet I used your recipe for the ratio of beeswax. Now it isn’t a salve, but a lotion consistency. 🙁

    • I prefer the smoother consistency because it is easier to apply to kids, but since it is all oil based, you can re-melt and add more beeswax if you want to harden it up.

      • It is not hard at all… it is a thick liquid. And I cannot re-melt without destroying the properties of the ingredients. That is not a solution.

        • You should be able to warm it on very low heat in a water bath (double boiler, not direct heat) without heating it high enough to damage.

  101. Hi WellnessMama, I recently found your site and I love it! For this salve, can I use any sort of olive oil (like the extra virgin olive oil that can be found in supermarkets for cooking purposes? I don’t want to waste precious herbs and flowers by using the wrong oil.

  102. Can you tell me what the calendula and yarrow flowers and rosemary are for? Are they just for fragrance or do they have inflamitory qualities. I usually use essential oils for fragrance and added antibiotics
    I just didn’t want to miss out on any benefits if there were more then fragrance. Please respond asap. I have 5 boys and they are always getting poison ivy and the bugs love them.

  103. I have made many of your recipes and they are fabulous! I just had to comment on this healing salve “boo boo” lotion. It’s amazing. I put it on my daughter’s mosquito bites because they get really bad (blistering scabby welts). This heals them the fastest. I also put it on her inner thighs last night (diaper rash) and her skin was completely healed when she woke up in the morning. I use it for everything! Thank you!

  104. Could you use essential oils instead of the dried herbs? If so how much of each essential oil would you recommend?

  105. Already been asked but not answered. Can I use avocado oil instead of olive/almond oil?

  106. I added twice as much beeswax as the recipe called for.. will it still be as effective?


  107. Hi! Thank you for the recipe. Wondering the size of the end product. Thanks!

  108. My one wonderful find in medicinal lore is the fact that jewel weed is be original and base ingredient for preparation H. It stops topical allergic reactions to most things that will activate a response in the wilds of our backyards or wilds. Usually found in slightly moist areas, often near nettle, poison ivy or oak, cruching the sap filled stem of the plant & rubbing it on the skin will dramatically decrease a topical allergic reactions. I’ve also happily used it on black flu, misquito & deer fly stings. I’ve even read of a hiker ingesting it to alleviate anaphyllactic shock to bee sting.
    I now have several jewel weed patches on my hiking trails, outside my front & back doors & have shared it with family & friends.
    It is however, due to it’s ability to shoot seeds, pretty invasive, so, keep a tight rein on where you spread it, & thin it every year so that it does’ nt get out of hand.

  109. Hello WM, do you have a system for how you store all of your herbs, ingredients?

  110. Hi, can I use comfrey root instead of leaves??

      • Hi, Do you sell small portions of your salve? If so I would love to buy some!

        Thank you!


  111. Hey can i use tincture made out alcohol based and mix with other infused oil to make medicinal salve? Some people said may irritate the skin but iv seen people use those together. Let me know your opinion.tq

    Love your blog:)

  112. Can I use echinacea herb instead of root?

  113. I was just wondering if you can use a crockpot in place of a double boiler? Would it work the same way to infuse the herbs in the oil?

  114. Hi! What part of the recipe makes it unsafe for diaper rash with cloth diapers? What do you mean by a lined cloth diaper? Thanks!

    • Beeswax is not recommended with cloth diapers. I’ve used disposable compostable liners with cloth diapers when I’ve needed to use this or other salves so that the salve doesn’t come in contact with the diaper directly.

      • Thanks for the help!

  115. THANK YOU for sharing this healing slave recipe. My two-year old decided to spill a very steamy cup of coffee on her leg 2 weeks ago and received a nasty second degree burn. I immediately went through my homeopathic supplies and found marshmallow and plantain tea. Which I used to make the slave with beeswax and almond oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. I alternated putting raw aloe vera from my kitchen plant, with the healing slave on her leg 2-3 times per day. I also gave her lavender baths and extra vitamin C internally. I am an RN and know what would have happened if I had taken her to the ER -pump her full of pain medicine that would only suppress the bodies natural responses. She was not in pain once we got the area cooled with water and aloe.
    After the first week, the burned area was supple and did not peel like a typical burn. Instead the skin was pink and well hydrated – which is the problem following most burns. I used the salve for another week 2-3 times per day and the skin on her leg is just as beautiful as before. I am so grateful for your website.

  116. Great recipe and thank you for sharing! I used all the ingredients as directed except I doubled the beeswax and the calendula (my favorite). It came out beautifully and the perfect salve consistency. I infused the oil over heat for about 2 hours, 40 minutes because I was in a hurry. The final product was a pretty pea soup color. I also added some peppermint and chamomile oil at the end and the smells complimented the herbs nicely. I’m hoping this will clear up some skin issues my 5 year old has due to our very dry winters.

  117. My homemade salve is good for boo boos, bug bites, skin irritation, sore muscles, sprains, bruises and so much more. Was looking around for ideas and insperation and the recipe sounds really good. I use a little coffee cup warmer and a steel cream dispenser (for the spout) to melt and mix all my ingredients, and then pour them into small twist up dispenser (like deodorant but smaller) or lip balm tubes for easier use. So much fun experimenting, just don’t hurt yourself to try it 😉
    Here is my recipe:
    Beeswax, comfrey, arnica, calendula, St. John’s wort, a few drops of tea tree, geranium and vitamin e oil.
    Should keep for a very long time. I have had people tell me it’s good for arthritis, sore backs to list a couple.

  118. Hi Wellness Mama,
    I made this healing salve for my daughter’s inflamed eczema and she ended up itching even more.
    These are the ingredients or addition for the salve i made :
    1 cup Olive oil
    1 cup of sweet Almond oil
    8 oz of Beeswax pastilles
    2 tbsp Comfrey dried leaves
    2 tbsp dried Plantain leaves
    1 tsp dried Calendula flower
    1 tsp Jojoba oil
    It came out looking good , thick and green.
    I would like to know if mixing two different oil or Jojoba oil is making her Itch ?
    I really wanted this to work since i feel like i have tried almost everything to make her feel better and nothing seems to do the magic. Please let me know if i need to change or add anything in this recipe ?
    Also, Which ingredient do you think is causing her to itch?

    p.s : I love your website.

  119. I just started making salves this past fall and my family and I love them. I make some with infused oils only and some with essential oils. I forgot comfrey and I hadn’t learned about yarrow yet, but the salves work well with what you can get, even if you only use 1 herb.

  120. You are amazing. Helping theworld.

  121. I just made a batch to give out as gifts to several ladies in my Moms’ group. After making the batch, I decided to research each of the herbs so I could educate the moms on their benefits. To my surprise, I learned that calendula should NOT be used by women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. The information stated that calendula could cause a miscarriage. So thankful I caught that as many of the ladies in the group are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Thought you might want to know so that you could inform your readers.

    I’m off to make another batch…. This time without calendula!!

    • Interesting, because I did research on each of the herbs myself, and the yarrow flower also warns against using when pregnant.

  122. Hi

    Is it okay to use dry arnica flowers ?

  123. Hi, Katie,

    For some reason, it is forbidden to sell comfrey where I live and I haven’t noticed any growing wild (although I will probably plant some if I ever get the chance). Do you know about arnica montana? It grows in Europe and I think it might be a reasonable substitute/addition. Could you tell me in which proportion I might use it in your recipe?

  124. This is so exciting as I see I use 3 of the same out of 5 herbs as you!
    I use plantain, calendula, comfrey, Oregon grape, and burdock. I infuse these herbs into olive oil like you and add the bees or candalilla wax to make the salve and then after the salve has set I put it into my “lotion” blender and add some grapefruit seed extract, patchouli, lavender, melaleuca ,and juniper berry essential oils and blend with aloe Vera juice until it gets to the consistency I like.
    Works very well for my daughter (18 months) and I use it on myself and everyone’s else too 🙂

  125. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I made this a month or so ago…I also added some sea buckthorn oil during the infusion process. Let me tell you, not only is this a great salve for cuts, bruises, etc. but an amazing sunburn cure! I sunburned pretty badly this past weekend, applied the salve a couple times and really good before bed and my sunburn was gone overnight! I am not a burn turns to tan kind of gal…when I do burn it’s that painful, hurts to touch, lasts for days burn (no matter what I put on it). I was amazed and still am. Thought I’d share so others will try it for sunburns.

  126. Can this be used all over for a baby? I put coconut oil on his eczema but it’s not enough for certain areas especially at night. His face and legs are really bad and need something more than just the coconut oil… if this won’t work, do you know what I could use? I found a great recipe using oatmeal but my son’s zytoscan shows he’s somewhat sensitive to oatmeal (amongst other things). Not sure how accurate those scans are. Anyway, thanks for any help you can offer!

  127. could you make this using calendula oil, rather than the the dried? I already have the oil

  128. I am wondering is the almond oil should be used on a child with nut allergies. My son has severe eczema and I want him to try this salve, but not if he will react to the almond oil.
    Can you suggest a substitution if necessary?

  129. A healing salve must be loaded with healing properties including vitamins and essential oils. I want to add one thing – tea tree oil – to it as it’s loaded with healing properties.

  130. Can you use the herbs in powder form?

  131. For the oil infusing with calendula, does it have to be olive oil? I really like hemp oil for my son’s eczema. Would the infusion directions be the same when using hemp?

    • I haven’t tried using hemp oil for it…