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How to Make Homemade Lavender Salve

Learn how to make highly-healing lavender salve with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Lavender salve can help to calm nerves, ease stress, reduce inflammation, soothe skin irritation, eczema, burns, bites, scars, rashes, and more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Keyword: homemade lavender salve, lavender oil, lavender salve, natural skincare
Servings: 10 ounces

Equipment

  • A double-boiler, or make-shift double boiler (such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below)
  • Glass storage jars or salve tins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lavender-infused oil (OR plain oil such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or other carrier oil of choice)
  • 3-4* tbsp Beeswax pastilles, or approximately 1 once if you're using shaved, block, or other forms of beeswax. *If you opt to also add shea butter, use only 3 level tbsp of beeswax pastilles. However if you skip the shea butter, use 4 tbsp beeswax. (vegan option: replace with the same amount of organic soy wax or candelilla wax)
  • 2 tbsp Shea butter (optional)
  • 20-25 drops lavender essential oil, if using lavender-infused base oil. (Use up to 12 drops essential oil per ounce of base oil, or 96 drops per cup (maximum) if using plain carrier oil. I suggest starting at half that and scaling up based on personal preference/aroma)
  • 4-5 drops Other essential oils of choice, such as chamomile, rose, ylang ylang, sweet orange, lemon, rosemary, or others (optional)

Instructions

  • Have your chosen salve tins or small glass storage jars ready and waiting.
  • Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add 1 cup lavender-infused oil (or plain oil), and 3-4 tbsp of beeswax (see sliding scale notes above).
  • Heat the mixture on the stovetop over medium-love heat - only until the beeswax melts, and stirring frequently.
  • As soon as everything melts and is thoroughly combined, remove from heat.
  • Add essential oils once removed from heat. They're highly volatile and prone to dissipating.
  • While it is still hot, carefully pour the liquid salve into your chosen containers. (If it starts to solidify while you’re still filling containers, simply put it back on medium-low heat until it liquifies again.)
  • Set the full lavender salve containers aside (lids off) and allow them to fully cool.
  • The lavender salve will harden as it cools, and then it is ready to use. Use either clean fingers or a salve spoon to collect a small amount of salve, and apply to your skin as needed. A little goes a long way!
  • Store your salve containers in a cool, dark location. Homemade lavender salve can “stay good” for several years. However, it's medicinal potency may decrease with extended time and age.