- Cover dry or fresh plants with oil, put in a bain-marie on low heat. Your oil will be ready in about 2 hours.
- In a very clean mason jar cover dry or fresh plants with oil and stir until there are no more air bubbles. Stir every day for the first two weeks then leave to infuse for another two to four, that’s four to six weeks in total. You have to put your jar in the sun, a cupboard will be too cold to make a potent enough oil.
In both cases you can double infuse the oil: strain then put the oil back on fresh plants and do the process again.
90 percent of the time I use the bain-marie. Usually I want my oil RIGHT NOW and I'm not a planner. I also apparently have the attention span of a squirrel and I forget to stir, get impatient, make other things and the jar ends up in the back of the closet, moldy and dusty.
To make the oil put any amount of the plant you wish to use in a heatproof jar ( I like to use a measuring cup), pour an oil (coconut, olive and apricot are good choices) until the plant matter is just covered . Put the jar in a pan that has water in it and slowly heat it up for 2 hours. After that time I like to turn the heat off and leave the oil to cool down in the pan. But you don't have to.
I made this particular salve with the beginning of the soccer season in mind. Good for strains, sprains and broken bones. And it smells good.
- 70 ml of Comfrey infused oil
- 30 g shea butter
- 5g beeswax
- 25-30 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Warm up your oil using a bain marie, add the shea butter and beeswax and stir until everything is melted and well mixed. Take the mix out of the heat, immediately mix in the lavender EO. Pour the salve in a container right away ... it sets very quickly.
Even if you scrape well there will be quite a bit of salve left in the measuring cup still. Run your hand in the measuring cup and slather youself or somebody with it. Then take a paper towel and wipe the measuring cup clean before you attempt to wash it. Otherwise you'll be cursing the universe while trying to wash oil with water.
Apply liberally as long as the skin is not broken. Even with a cast on you can use it: massage the area above and under the cast.
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to take the place of a medical diagnosis or prescription.