Making Balms and Salves

You will need the following equipment:

  • stainless steel stock pot minimum of 10 litres, 2 off
  • stainless steel stirring spoon
  • stainless steel steel fine sieve
  • stainless steel ladle
  • digital scales
  • cutting board
  • brown glass or good plastic jars with lids

You will also need the following materials:

  • virgin olive oil
  • beeswax, organic if possible

Now, its time to start

  • collect your plant material, essential oils etc
  • strip all leaves from stems
  • place leaves/essential oils in one of the stainless steel stock pots
  • cover with olive oil, pressing down and stirring with the spoon
  • gently warm on the stove or fire, do not boil
  • let cool and sit for 24 hours
  • zero the scales with the second pot
  • strain the oil into the second pot on the scales and let drain for 12-24 hours or until no more oil running off
  • note the weight
  • place the oil back on gentle heat source, making it just hot enough to melt the bees wax
  • shave bees wax to ratio of 1:5 for stiff balm, 1:8 for soft, quick melting balm
  • allow the oil to cool, and ladle into the containers