Skincare salves are a must for any natural medicine cabinet. Not only are they a wonderful support to healing and healthy skin, they can support us in various ways past skincare.
Poke Root Salve, for example, is used for skin anomalies and to support healthy breast tissue as well as a healthy lymphatic system.
Salves all start with some type of basic medicinal plant, that is quite often infused in a skin friendly oil over an extended period of time, then combined with beeswax for topical application on skin. Here are 8 of my favorite must-have skin salves that should be in every natural medicine cabinet!
Poke Root Salve
Poke Root Salve (Phytolacca Americana/Pokeweed) infuses powerful poke root with oil, beeswax and a hint of lavender essential oil.
Poke is a very strong-acting plant that has been used for skin anomalies and to support healthy breast tissue as well as a healthy lymphatic system to include lymph nodes and/or cysts.
To make this salve, you take harvested poke root and pack it in several large, quart-size jars. Macerate the powerful herb with oil and allow it to infuse over a period of 6 weeks or longer. Castor oil has tremendous benefits for the skin.
Learn how to make Poke Root Salve at home.
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Calendula Salve is an all-purpose, gentle skin salve that’s suitable for scrapes, scratches, razor burn, dry skin, insect bites and more.
This salve is made by infusing calendula in sunflower and jojoba oil for 6-8 weeks to maximize the efficacy of the salve and it’s lovely way of supporting skin.
Learn how to make your own Calendula Salve
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Multipurpose Healing Salve
Sometimes we all need asimple yet effective homemade healing salve that helps support skin during basic cuts, bruises and scrapes – and provide a little extra relief.
This healing salve is perfect for cuts, scrapes, burns, and times when your skin needs a little extra help. Modify it to suit your needs using your choice of essential oils – or, stick with my suggestions of tea tree and lavender essential oil.
Learn how to make this Homemade Healing Salve.
Piñon Pine Resin Salve
Piñon Pine Salve is an all-natural, effective moisturizing salve for supporting a variety of skin conditions – to include eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, acne and more. It contains anti fungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
This salve infuses ethically harvested piñon pine resin from the mountains of Northern New Mexico in oil and then merries with beeswax for a salve that’s perfect for your all-natural medicine cabinet or hiking bag.
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Pine Tar Salve
Old-fashioned pine tar salve has been known to treat everything from splinters, bug bites and boils, to patches of eczema and even psoriasis. It can also draw splinters for easy removal.
Or, purchase Pine Tar Salve here in a reusable 2 oz. tin.
Soothing and highly moisturizing, comfrey salve is a wonderful salve to have on hand for your all-natural medicine cabinet. Comfrey is infused in oil and combined with beeswax for a salve that’s wonderful on chapped skin, dry skin, fine lines, and redness, for psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Comfrey is known to reduce pain, inflammation, and speed skin healing.
Learn how to make Comfrey Salve
Or, purchase Comfrey Salve here in a reusable 2 oz. tin.
Soothing lavender salve is a miracle worker in a tin. It’s helpful for dry skin, bug bites, eczema, skin irritations, burns, and itching. You can even go a step further and use it for basic skincare – rough elbows, knees, chapped lips and anywhere your body needs a little extra attention.
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Chaparral Salve (Creosote)
The Creosote Bush (Larrea Tridentata) is also known as desert chaparral, or greasewood. It is a bush that is a plant, found in the desert Southwest of Arizona and other areas, and it smells like the desert after a fresh rain.
The stems and leaves of the creosote bush are covered with a sticky resin that screens leaves against ultraviolet radiation, reduces water loss, and poisons or repels most herbivores. This resin is used in herbalism and to protect wood from insects.
The plant itself has some incredible properties that make it wonderful to use for skin support, but also for many other areas of the body.
- Chaparral is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory.
- The plant can promote the healing of minor wounds, scrapes, cuts and skin issues.
- Chaparral salve (creosote) is not only good for topical applications, it’s also a great anti-viral medicine.
- Native Americans have used Chaparral to treat a variety of illnesses, including cancer. Chaparral has an ingredient called NDGA – a potent anti-tumor agent (you can read more here).
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