Salves are also known as ointments and balms. Ointments are usually more soft in texture than a salve or balm, using less beeswax. The texture is up to you and what you prefer. I like my salves a little softer so I don't have to dig them out of the container with my fingernails. If you are not happy with your texture add more beeswax for a harder texture and more oil for a softer texture. I find that 1 ounce of beeswax per 1 cup of oil is what works best for me.
Herbal Salve How To
For every cup of herbal oil use one ounce of beeswax. Put both the oil and beeswax in a pan and melt the beeswax over low heat, stir occasionally and keep watch that the oil doesn't burn. Remove from the heat and pour into a container. Optionally you can add essential oil to your salve after removing from the heat for added medicinal properties. Add enough essential oil so that your salve smells strong but not over powering, I find a teaspoon or two per three cups is sufficient. Stir thoroughly. Label and store in a dark, cool location. Salves should last for several months to years depending on the herbs and how well it is stored. It is no longer good when it loses its color and smells like rancid oil.
Where to Get Ingredients
My favorite go to places for high quality herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs and Bulk Herb Store. Mountain Rose Herbs also carries high quality carrier oils, beeswax and essential oil. Bulk Apothecary is also a good source for purchasing oils and beeswax. I haven't tried their essential oils or herbs but they do carry some. Costco is the most cost effective choice for purchasing olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.
*I am not affiliated with any of these companies, just sharing what I use and has worked for me.