As we continue to cut questionable products out of our lives, we are learning more and more about the healing abilities of many different herbs. The latest has been replacing antibiotic ointments like Neosporin with comfrey healing salve. Comfrey has been a favorite healing herb for some time in our household for frequent things like cuts, scrapes, poison ivy, and even bruises. Putting it to work with other herbs was the next step.
Making comfrey healing salve has been on Ryan’s list for quite some time, and I can understand why. It is a must-have salve packed with
magic abilities to speed up the healing process and is a staple for our homestead. When you have comfrey growing out the wazoo, it’s nice to find so many amazing ways to put it to use. Having the comfrey healing salve on hand means we won’t be running out to pick comfrey to make a poultice every time we are in need (an undesirable task when weather is bad or it’s late at night).
I threw a lot of love comfrey’s way in the post, comfrey, I heart you, because of its amazing ability to heal wounds quickly (plus it is a big nutrient accumulator for the garden). When you hear about the awesome things rosemary and plantain can do it’s hard to tell who is the real shining star of healing between the three.
Here’s a little summary of each plant:
Comfrey: anti-inflammatory, known to heal broken bones, and encourages cell growth which speeds healing
ideal for: cuts, scrapes, sores, bruises, sore joints, and broken bones
Rosemary: improves circulation, helps alleviate joint pain, speeds healing
ideal for: sore joints, eczema, joint problems
Plantain: aids with bug bites (even bee stings) and provide relief from rashes and cuts
ideal for: poison ivy, diaper, and other rashes, sores, bug bites, eczema, psoriasis
We have comfrey planted in just about every garden bed. Rosemary was just planted in the herb garden, and Plantain is a very common weed that grows everywhere. It’s a great feeling to be able to go out and pick and forage these plants from our own little homestead to create a comfrey salve to heal my family’s scrapes and bruises.
How to make comfrey salve
2 tbsp dried comfrey leaves
2 tbsp dried plantain leaves
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp yarrow leaves
2 cups olive oil
1 oz. beeswax
Step One: Dehydrate the herbs. This took well over 24 hours in the dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can leave them out to air dry.
Step Two: Place all the herbs and olive oil in a slow cooker for 3 hours.
Step Three: Strain the mix (using a cheesecloth) into a heat safe jar. Using just a strainer will allow little pieces to slip through.
Step Four: Since we don’t own a double boiler, we use a mason jar as our double boiler. Place the jar in a pot filled with water just high enough to immerse the liquid portions in the jar but not high enough to splash into the jar. Then, add the beeswax. Bring the water to a boil. Stir the healing salve mixture as the beeswax melts.
Step Five: Pour the contents into your storage container. We used a 8oz Ball jar and a recycled jar we had saved for such occasions for the little bit leftover.
Step Six: Let the mix harden. We finished making this around 9:30 p.m. (late night projects in true form) and let it set over night. By morning, it was perfect.
We were already digging into it the next morning. Ryan couldn’t wait to put some of the comfrey salve on his hands where he had a pretty rough poison ivy rash. He is already in love with how much better this made everything feel and look. I’ve been putting it on a nasty bruise from bumping into the side of the coffee table. This comfrey healing salve immediately become our saving grace and we’ve been quick to share it with family and friends. Most of them are now obsessed too.