Sharing: Frugally Sustainable blog post
I stumbled across this blog a month or so ago and have been enjoying her various informative offerings. This post of how honey can be used medicinally will get all the people here who are honey producers nodding and the rest of us thinking about alternative uses for what nature has provided and is in our kitchen cabinet.
How to Make an Herbal Raw Honey Ointment: For the Treatment of Burns and Wounds
Herbal raw honey ointment…nothing is as powerful to encourage skin healing like raw honey! Combined with medicinal herbs and bursting with antibacterial and antiseptic properties, this ointment is a must-have in everyone’s first aid kit.
Just wait until you try it! One use is all you need in order to see its’ amazing effects…you won’t want to be without it.
And a little goes a long way.
Benefits of the Ingredients
The beauty of making our own medicinal salves at home is the ability we possess to control the ingredients. I will share with you my recipe, but as always…feel free to let your creativity and wisdom regarding medicinal herbs guide you.
This honey-based ointment’s powerhouse ingredients include…
- Olive oil. Full of vitamins A, D, E and K, olive oil nourishes the skin for fast healing.
- Comfrey. Encourages the reproduction of cells therefore working to support the mending of sprains, bruises, swellings, burns and sores.
- Marshmallow root. A wonderful anti-inflammatory herb that will also soften and soothe the skin. Likewise, it’s great for burn and wound healing as it contains large amounts of zinc and vitamin A.
- Wormwood. Reduces the effects of soreness and pain.
- Witch hazel bark. It’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties are excellent for treatment of blisters, burns, cuts and wounds.
- Raw, all-natural honey. Raw honey provides the base of this ointment and is a well-known antibacterial agent. Honey is also highly nourishing, often reducing the risk for infection and scarring.
…and we use it for the treatment of:
-1st or 2nd degree skin burns
-Chapped skin and lips
-1/4 ounce of each dried comfrey, marshmallow root, wormwood, and witch hazel bark*
-1 1/4 cup olive oil
-4 ounces raw honey*
-1-2 ounces beeswax*
*All measurements are by weight and use of a simple kitchen scale.
1. Weigh the dried herbs using a kitchen scale.
2. Prepare the oil infusion. You can do this one of three ways:
- Cold Infusion.In a glass mason jar, cover the weighed herbs with 1 ¼ cup of oil. Stir to combine, and allow oil and herb mixture to steep for 4-6 weeks.
- Hot Oil Extract. In a glass mason jar, cover the herbs with 1 ¼ cup of oil. Stir to combine. Place the glass jar in a pot on the stove, or in a crock pot, filled with a few inches of water on lowest setting (Be sure to put a towel on the bottom of the pot.). Infuse the oil and herbs for 4-8 hours, a day, or up to 3 days. Note: Watch the pot and add water as it evaporates.
- Alternatively. According to Rosemary Gladstar, you may also do it this way; “Place the herbs and the oil in a double boiler and bring to a low simmer. Slowly heat for 30 to 60 minutes, checking frequently to be sure the oil is not overheating.”
3. Strain the oil and herb infusion through a cheesecloth. Squeezing to extract as much oil as possible. Be sure you collect at least 1 cup of herb infused oil.
4. In a saucepan, over very low heat, melt 1-2 ounces (depending on how thick you’d like your salve) ofbeeswax. I suggest starting with the lesser amount of wax and adding more if needed. Note: To check if the mixture is the right consistency, because the salve hardens as it cools, Rosemary Gladstaragain suggests placing a “tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for just a minute or two. If it’s soft, add more beeswax; if too hard, add more oil.”
5. Allow salve to cool on the counter. As it hardens, begin to stir with an electric stick blender until creamy and smooth.
6. Continue to stir with stick blender until salve is cooled to approximately 90-100 degrees fahrenheit. Then add raw honey. Blend well.
To use: Apply directly to a clean burn, blister, or wound and bandage as you normally would.
Note: I purchased the dried herbs for this ointment from Mountain Rose Herbs and/or the Bulk Herb Store. Find beeswax here. Raw honey can be found online through the Bulk Herb Store or use this website to search for it locally. Not up for another DIY? You may also be interested to purchase a tin of this Raw Honey Burn and Wound Ointment – lovingly made by me — from my little Etsy shop!
Do you use raw honey for wound healing? Tell us about it!