*And/or Olive, Sunflower or Grapeseed oil---See Directions
Make The Oil: Place all the dried herbs in a crockpot. Cover herbs with oil, stirring with a non-metallic object to ensure all the herbs are coated with oil. If you have St John's and/or Chickweed infused oils, you can add however much you want to help cover the herbs (e.g., 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, etc). If you only have a little, or none at all, that's fine. You can use Olive, Sunflower or Grapeseed oil, or even a combination of these oils. Once the herbs are coated in oil, add in 1-2 inches more oil. Put the crockpot on Low and let gently warm for 1-2 hours. DO NOT cook or boil!
Let the oil cool, then put a nut milk bag in a bowl and pour the oil into the bag. Put the herbs in the bag and squeeze out as much oil as you can. Compost the spent herbs. Since there may still be herb particles in the oil, you'll want to filter them out. Line a sieve with an unbleached coffee filter, place or hold the sieve onto/over a pot, and pour the oil into the lined sieve so that the oil drips down into the pot.
Make The Salve: Add in grated beeswax (or pastilles) OR candelilla wax to the pot. The usual ratio is 1 part oil to 3-4 parts wax. Put on Low heat to gently dissolve, stirring with a wooden spoon to ensure conformity.
Do the spoon test: scoop up a bit of the mixture with a spoon and place it onto a plate. Put it in the freezer, wait 5 minutes, and then see if the salve is to your liking. Too hard? Add in more oil. Too soft? Add more wax. Then test again.
Once to your liking, you can add in Vitamin E oil and your chosen essential oils (EO), if using, then pour into containers. Another more interesting way is to fill all the containers with the mixture and to each container, add in a different EO (1 type or a blend, as you prefer). Then, to each container, prick 1 capsule of Vitamin E and stir it in. You can leave some jars without EO (recommended for use on sensitive bits). See Cat's Comments for uses.
This is a versatile recipe, but also a cheeky one using 9 different herbs! Comfrey and Calendula are major vulnerary herbs, but so are the others. Each herb has her own specialty that she adds to the mix:
Rose is emollient, vulnerary, astringent
Yarrow is styptic, vulnerary, antimicrobial
Plantain is cooling, vulnerary
Violet is cooling and emollient
Goldenrod is astringent, vulnerary
St John's helps with nerve restoration
Chickweed is cooling and anti-itch
A word of advice: as the mixture will harden quickly once the wax has melted, have your containers lined up and ready from the get-go. If you're using essential oils, have those ready too. Choose EOs that have vulnerary properties, such as Lavender, Rose Geranium or Helichrysum, or ones that are anti-bacterial, such as Mint and Tea Tree. Have the Vitamin E capsules and a sharp knife to prick open the capsules, and several bamboo sticks for stirring (you want to use a different bamboo stick for each EO to avoid "cross-contaminating" the scents).
What can you use this salve for?
As always, Enjoy :)