|The Lost Herbs
||How to Make a Chaparral Salve for Wounds And Skin Infections
Chaparral (Larrea tridentata), also known as Greasewood or Creosote Bush, is native to desert areas of North America and Mexico.
The medicinal properties of this plant have now been more widely recognized, and the dried flowers and leaves can be purchased from herbal and health shops instore or online. While fresh material can result in more fragrant preparations, the dried product is just as effective.
This plant has both internal and external applications.
When used correctly, and in the appropriate form, preparations from this plant have been used because of the following properties:
That’s an impressive range of benefits and applications from a modest plant.
Several of these valuable properties, notably anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, make a salve made from chaparral particularly helpful in healing a host of skin problems including:
It is these benefits for the skin are our focus and reason for looking at recipes for a salve made from this useful and potent plant.
A salve or ointment made from this fragrant plant is ideal for the application for a range of skin conditions. Further good news is how easy it is to make in your own home!
1. Infuse the oil:
Put a lid and label on the jar
If you have a crockpot, you could place the jar in it, add water so the level is 2 inches / 5 centimeters from the top of the jar, set to “Warm”, and leave for 8 hours or overnight instead of using a pot.
2. Melt the beeswax pellets:
3. Gently and carefully pour the hot mixture into suitable jars or tins. We recommend 2 ounce or 50-gram aluminum cosmetic tins, or 4 ounces or 100-gram amber, glass apothecary jars.
4. Place the lids onto the tin or jar.
5. Leave the salve to set or harden for several hours. Do not move the tins or jars during this period.
6. Label the salve by stating the name and the date you made it.
You can apply the salve up to three times a day.
A home-made salve like this should last and remain effective for up to 6 months. It may even have a shelf-life of up to a year if you store it in the fridge.
Don’t place the salve where it will get hot as this will damage the consistency.
Although there are concerns over the internal use of chaparral or creosote bush, the salve is generally very safe to use. However, there are two cautions to keep in mind:
If you are worried about using the salve, or any new product, check with your health and well-being professional to ensure that it is safe for you and your family.
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