22 Sep Homemade Chamomile Salve
Homemade healing salves and creams are among the easiest and quickest to make yourself. You alone decide which healing effects you want to achieve with the salve. You can avoid all unnecessary and possibly harmful substances used for consistency, preservation and fragrance in conventional salves. Especially in case of wounds and inflamed areas you want to make sure that your skin is cared for naturally and in the best possible way. People have been using the healing powers of nature for thousands of years. Because nature usually offers everything you need.
This camomile salve supports your skin in its regeneration. You can produce the salve yourself very easily and in a completely natural way.
Used Raw Materials
Camomile is used quite widely, which is due to its many healing powers. It promotes wound healing, is anti-inflammatory, calming, soothing and anti-bacterial. The effective ingredients of chamomile blossoms include essential oil (with chamazulene and bisabolol).
The external application of chamomile is therefore well suited for bacterial skin diseases and superficial skin injuries and inflammations.
Making a chamomile oil extract
To make a camomile oil extract, the plant material is placed in oxidation-stable oil. Over the course of a minimum of 10 days to three weeks the healing agents are slowly “extracted” from the plant material. This means that the active ingredients are transferred to the vegetable oil. To prepare the chamomile oil extract, proceed as follows:
1. You can use either fresh flowers or dried ones. If you use fresh flowers, please let them wilt for a few hours.
2. Fill a sterile screw glass 2/3 full with the flowers and fill it up with vegetable oil. We have used jojoba oil for this recipe. The oil should cover all the plant material well. Swivel the glass once to make sure that really all flowers are covered with oil.
3. Store the screw glass at room temperature without direct sunlight. Swivel the jar once a day.
4. After a minimum of 10 days you can strain the oil into a sterile, dark bottle.
The shelf life of the oil extract depends on the shelf life of the vegetable oil. You can just note this date on the bottle. You can increase the shelf life of the extract by adding a few drops of vitamin E oil.
Lanolin, also known as wool wax, is the secretion from the sebaceous glands of sheep, which is obtained during the washing of sheep wool. Lanolin is especially popular in cosmetics because it has very good skin-caring properties. The reason for this is that it can regulate the transepidermal water loss and thus accelerate the healing of wounds.
Cocoa butter is often used in cosmetics to provide especially dry, stressed or cracked skin with a lot of oil. The components contained in cocoa butter moisturize and soothe irritated skin and make it smooth and elastic.
Calendula also helps the skin to heal and regenerate. Its virus- and fungicidal properties make it a super supplement in wound salves.
Application and Shelf Life
- The homemade chamomile salve is best suited for external wounds.
- Apply the salve generously to the wound, preferably several times a day until the wound has completely healed.
The homemade chamomile salve can be stored for up to six months.
Homemade chamomile salve recipe
Ingredients for 100 ml
- 50 ml chamomile oil
- 40 gr lanolin
- 10 gr cocoa butter
- optional 2 ml calendula tincture
- Cream jar
- Slowly warm up the camomile oil, lanolin and cocoa butter.
- As soon as they have melted, remove from heat and optionally add the calendula tincture.
- Pour the liquid mixture into a jar and place in the refrigerator to harden.
Liability: All stated effects are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to the doctor. There is no guarantee for the mode of action and the compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.