When we first turned toward a more natural lifestyle we took baby steps. Organic fruit over conventional fruit. Organic shampoos and body care. It got expensive very quickly. I started researching how to make my own versions of many of these items. Surprise, surprise…it was not only less expensive to make my own, it often worked better!
One of the first things we tried was a healing skin salve from flowers that I call Fairy Magic. This is one of the items that I always have in my apothecary, and I would like to share the recipe with you.
I realize that the process of making a salve can be a bit intimidating if this is your first herbal adventure. Sometimes I leave the fairy magic as an infused oil and apply straight from the jar. That’s a great way to make it if you don’t have any beeswax and vitamin E oil. You can add essential oils to either the completed salve or the infused oil. I tend to make bigger batches of the liquid fairy magic so that I have enough for both liquid and salve.
I’ll add links for ingredients and highlight our preferred containers as well to help you stock your apothecary. These are affiliate links that cost you nothing while helping to provide for my family. I thank you in advance if you choose to use them.
The essential oil links go to Witchy Gypsy Oils. As many of you know, I use these oils to support my family physically, emotionally, and financially. If you are curious about essential oils, would like to purchase them, or join our team, please follow the link. It will be my pleasure to work with you.
Now, a little about Fairy Magic. We swear by the stuff. It’s great for dry skin, burns, bruises, and cuts. More than once we have applied Fairy Magic on the way to the ER for stitches and ended up avoiding them all together. Maybe that’s blind luck or Momma overreacting to the severity of wounds, but we think it’s the power of Fairy Magic.
Fairy Magic is made up of simple ingredients: calendula flowers, lavender flowers, and olive oil. Beeswax and vitamin E oil to turn it into a salve. Sometimes I jazz it up with coconut oil or cocoa butter. Sometimes I add in essential oils to the cooling concoction. Mostly I just leave it alone.
It seems simple doesn’t it? Oil and flowers. The power of sunlight to mix it all together. It can’t really be that simple. Can it? Yep. It can. It is.
Calendula flowers are beautiful, edible, and medicinal. It is beneficial for treating almost any skin irritation or wound such as minor burns, abrasions, blisters, bruises, cuts, and bug bites.
Lavender is much the same. Beautiful, edible, and medicinal. Most of us think of lavender as an aromatic calming agent. You wouldn’t be wrong, but it isn’t just the mind that is calmed by this little flower. It also soothes stings, bug bites, and inflammation. Both flowers are known for their antimicrobial properties and ability to prevent secondary infections.
It’s easy to make your own salve. If you’re in a hurry, you can infuse your oil over low heat for a few hours. We choose to take the slower, more traditional route. Besides, what is more beautiful than jars filled with herbs lining your window sill?
First, choose your herbs and fill your glass jar. Both herbs and jar must be completely dry or you run a higher risk of mold. You want to leave an inch or two at the top for the dried plant matter to expand. Then cover your herbs with oil, put on your lid, and give it a shake. Place your now beautiful jar in a sunny spot and let it infuse over the next few weeks, giving it a shake once or twice a day. You want to make sure that your herbs stay covered in the oil. The longer you let your herbs infuse, the stronger your oil will be.
Once your oil is infused, it’s time to strain it. I use a double layer of cheese cloth inside a fine mesh strainer. Once the flow of oil slows down, bundle the herbs inside the cheesecloth and give that bundle a squeeze. You’ll be amazed at how much more oil you can get out.
You can now save that oil for another day, use it as is…or start making your salve!
To make your salve, simply warm up your oil over a low flame just warm enough to melt your beeswax. As soon as your beeswax is melted remove your pan from the heat! The only tricky part is knowing when to add your vitamin E and any other essential oils that you deem necessary. You want to let the concoction cool but you don’t want it to solidify before you stir things in. Just keep an eye on it. You’ll know when the moment is right.
That’s it. Pick a container (We like these tins), pour in your salve, and let it solidify. You’re now ready for almost any skin issue that comes your way.
Amounts depend completely on the size of your container and how solid or smooshy you like your salve.
For Liquid Fairy Magic
- Add equal parts lavender and calendula flowers to a jar with a lid. Leave an inch or two of space at the top of the jar for expansion.
- Cover with olive oil. Close the lid and leave in a sunny space for at least a week. Give it a shake now and then to keep the herbs submerged in the oil.
- Once oil is infused, strain through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. Squeeze to get out even more oil.
- Put it in a jar with a pretty label.
- (optional) Add essential oils to increase medicinal value and aroma. Skip this step until the end if making a salve.
For A Salve
- Choose your final container and measure out enough liquid fairy magic to fill it about three quarters of the way full. Place your liquid in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Add your desired amount of beeswax and stir until melted. Only turn up your flame high enough to melt the beeswax. Immediately remove from heat once melted. Let the mixture cool slightly.
- Stir in your Vitamin E Oil if you are using it.
- Add essential oils to increase medicinal value and aroma.
- Pour into your final container and let it sit on the counter uncovered while it finishes curing.
- Once cooled and cured, label your container.