Ointments

Do It Yourself Ointment
Melt 9 parts petroleum jelly in the microwave or in a double boiler. Stir in 1 part dried herbs of choice and heat for about two hours, or until the herbs are crisp.

Strain through cheesecloth and squeezing the last bit through the cheesecloth. Take care the mixture is still hot. Pour the strained mixture while still warm into clean, glass storage jars.
Linda Coffin


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Ointment Recipes

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Autumn Salve
I make this ointment every year when all the herbs are on. Then I give it as Christmas gifts, with a nice little label showing all the ingredients. YOu can use this ointment for everything--any kind of skin wound or abrasion, dry skin, lip balm, and as a facial cream.

This is a minimum recipe. Just increase it as many times as you like.

1 cup olive oil
Herbs from your garden and from the wild:
Comfrey, plantain, calendula, lavender, marshmallow, pine needles, yarrow, chamomile, whatever you can find that's good for skin
2 ounces beeswax
Essential oils as desired; I always use lavender and/or lemon

Warm the oil and place the herbs in it. Allow to simmer very gently for a couple of hours till the herbs are starting to get crispy. Strain through a fine stainless steel mesh strainer and return to pot. Add beeswax and melt. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Stir and cool, till it barely starts to thicken. Pour into clean jars. Allow to cool. Label.

This is a very simple recipe, but everyone loves my Autumn Salve.

Cathy Gileadi January 1, 1999

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Calendula Ointment
1 lb. coconut oil
2 good handfuls calendula blossoms
(a bit of comfrey, if not pregnant)

Put oil and blossoms into a pot over very low heat for 30 minutes.
Calendula should be crispy but not burnt. Filter into jars, and keep cool.
Rub some on spider veins (twice a day), bruises, dry skin, cracked lips...

Spider veins should start showing visible improvement in about three weeks or so, and take about six months to clear up.

Make a double infusion for varicose veins (do this again with the same oil, adding the same amount of herbs.
Shucky 8-) + Sylvia LeReverend

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Cucumber Ointment 1
7 lb. green Cucumbers
24 oz. pure lard
15 oz. veal suet

Grate the washed Cucurnbers to a pulp, express and strain the juice. Cut the suet into small pieces, heat over a water bath till melted then add the lard and when melted, strain through muslin into an earthen vessel capable of holding a gallon and stir until thickening commences, when one-third of the juice is to be added and the whole beaten with a spatula till the odour has been almost wholly extracted. Decant the portion which separates, then add, consecutively, the remaining two-thirds of the juice and decant similarly. Then close the jar closely and place in a water bath till the fatty matter entirely separates from the juice. The green coagulum floating on the surface is now removed and the jar put in a cool place that the ointment may solidify. Then separate the crude ointment from the liquid on which it floats, melt again, strain and put up in closely-sealed glass jars. A layer of rose-water on its surface will aid preservation.
Billie

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Cucumber Ointment 2
Incorporate 1 part of distilled Spirit of Cucumbers with 7 parts of benzoinated lard. The spirit is made by distilling a mixture of 1 part of grated Cucumbers with 3 parts of diluted alcohol, returning the first 2 parts or distillates which come over. This spirit is permanent and ointment or cream made from it keeps well.
Billie

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First Aid Ointment
100 grams Olive Oil infused with Comfrey, Plantain, Chickweed, Mullein, & Mallow
102 grams Anhydrous Lanolin (I as trying for 100)
25 grams Emu Oil
16 grams Beeswax
6 grams Lavender Essential Oil
3 grams Tea Tree Essential Oil
Melt Lanolin and Beeswax until melted, add Olive Oil that has been infused with Herbs, you might need to reheat a little if the Beeswax sets up to quickly when adding the Olive Oil. Add Essential Oils, pour into containers. I have never had this go bad.

I have also made this ointment using just beeswax and not any lanolin, I think then I increase the beeswax to about 20%. For Babies Bottoms I prefer it without any beeswax and just the lanolin.

I always use Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and low temperatures and a long time to infuse. I prefer freshly picked but wilted for a day herbs. I always use Comfrey, Mullein, Plantain, but then add according to what is growing Chickweed, Cranesbill, Shepards Purse, Mallow, Burdock, etc. I prefer not to use more than 5 herbs. I often infuse each one separately so I have a very concentrated oil.

I use herbs that I grow or grow wild here, you might have different things where you live. I really believe in using what grows near you.

I also collected some of the sap of a pine tree that I will melt with the Olive Oil for one batch, but I won't add the essential oils to it. It increases the drawing power of the ointment (great for boils, slivers, insect bites etc. When I add pine sap I prefer to use beeswax to set it up and not any lanolin.

This ointment has also been used to heal sores in the diaper area of an elderly lady with diabetes. Her daughter had used my ointments before and started using them as soon as she became aware of the situation, but the sores had already been there for a couple of weeks. She also used poultices of Slippery Elm. The sores healed nicely, much to the medical professions wonderment.
Connie Henrie 8/2/98

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Variations on Connie's First Aid Ointment
Another combination that is a favorite is Comfrey, Calendula, and Chamomile.

I have made this ointment for years, and have many miracle stories that I could tell you. It has always been great, but adding Emu Oil (I just got some before Christmas this year, so have just started adding it) has made this even better if that is possible. Please do try it without if you don't have any Emu Oil, but I would recommend getting some. I add it to every ointment, lip balm, foot balm etc. that I make now. If you are like me and like to experiment I have also added Shea Butter to ointments and find that it combines well with this ointment as well.

This last batch I made has just been used by my friend who just had her first baby, on her stitches (reduces swelling, and takes away sting), nipples, & babies bottom (with the Tea Tree Oil it will even take away yeast infection).

Connie Henrie 8/2/98

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SORE MUSCLE/ HEADACHE RUB

I used homemade petroleum jelly (melted Crisco and beeswax) as a base.
15 drops Arnica oil
15 drops St. John's Wort oil
3 tablespoons camphor spirits or 4-8 drops camphor oil
8 drops lavender oil
1/4 cup aloe gel
4 drops Rosemary oil (I used homemade)
20 drops of chamomile oil (also homemade)

I put this mixture in fancy 4oz canning jars, filling them about 1/3 of the way full. It is ready to use right away. Try it and let me know what you think. It is so good that I just had to share it.


VICTORIA LAINE 10/13/102
Another homemade petrolium jelly recipe
How to infuse oils

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