On the podcast “Why Athletes Get Sick, How To Biohack Survival, How Often Do You Need To Workout & More!,” I explained what would be in my ultimate survival “herbal first aid kit” if I had to make one in the face of a zombie apocalypse, a forest fire near my home, a quick hunting or camping trip, or any other situation in which I needed quick, light first aid supplies that would keep me healthy and spry on the fly.
But when it comes to creating an apocalyptic herbal first aid kit, I really only scratched the surface, and so for today's article, I turned to a friend of mine—a complete herbal ninja, nutritional therapist, massage therapist, and author Danielle Brooks.
Using this guide to allow you to kill a hangover, treat a wound, or fight an infection using potent natural remedies. It also just may motivate you to finally toss out the liver-damaging Ibuprofen and Advil, forego the sleep-destroying antihistamines like Nyquil and Benadryl, and replace gut-destroying antibiotics with effective natural alternatives.
Bookmark it, send it to your e-reader, print it…whatever. This “herbal first aid kit” list is a very handy and important guide you will refer to for years and years to come for just about every kind of ailment that exists!
The Zombie Apocalypse
Hey, it could totally happen.
And when it does, you want to be prepared.
That means having first aid supplies on hand that you can count on and that will not only support your symptoms and bring you relief, but heals wounds, prevent infection, boost your immune system, relieve pain—and of course, relieve gas and bloating. There is nothing more annoying than being stuck in a bomb shelter with someone who has gas.
So to that end (no pun intended), let’s get started and give you a tour of your new apocalyptic herbal first aid kit.
By the way, the information you're about to read is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be substituted for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. If you rely upon any information in this article or use any of the recipes or products without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional, you do so at your own risk. The nutritional and other information in this article is not intended to be, and does not constitute, health care or medical advice.
First Aid Supplies For Digestion
Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea… How can you possibly escape an onslaught of zombies when all you want to do is run, bowels clenched, in pursuit of the nearest toilet?
Gas happens most often when digestion is compromised and food sits in the gut and begins to ferment. (Sounds sexy, right?). Stress, decreased production of hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes, eating too much, and not chewing your food thoroughly are all things that may contribute to gas and bloating. Constipation is the result of sluggish digestion from stress or a lack of water, fiber, or movement. Diarrhea is simply your body’s way of getting rid of something bad, or the result of certain digestive disorders you'll read about below.
Whatever may be ailing you, here are some solutions for a wide variety of common digestion issues.
Gas and Bloating
In these situations, you want to reach for carminative or bitter herbs that stimulate stagnant digestion.
- Carminatives: For that feeling when food is just sitting in your gut. Take a ½ teaspoon of any of the following seeds in the parsley family—anise, cumin, fennel, or cardamom—and chew the seeds coarsely, then swallow with water for relief within 30 minutes. Dill is milder and can be used with children. Seeds are fabulous to have on hand in case you need to grow your own food and keep your family’s digestion strong at the same time.
- Ginger tea: 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 tablespoon organic orange peel, and 3 tablespoons fennel. Pour 24 ounces of boiling water over mixture and steep for 10-20 minutes. This can be poured over ice for a refreshing summer beverage.
- Liquid Bitters: These are great when you know you are in stress and digestion may be compromised, or when you know you have sluggish digestion. Liquid bitters promote upper GI secretions and stimulate digestion. My go-to is Bitters No. 9, a blend of nine bitter herbs and essential oils, all known to help activate bitter receptors and to be able to support bile flow and healthy digestion. You can save 10% with code GREENFIELD10.
Or, you can make your own with the following homemade digestive bitters recipe:
- ½ cup dried organic Dandelion root
- ¼ cup organic Ginger Root
- ¼ cup organic Orange Peel
- ½ cup organic Fennel Seed
- 100 proof vodka (Another handy ingredient to have in the bunker/safe room)
Finely chop dandelion root, ginger root, and orange peel. Put all herbs into a clean mason jar. Pour vodka over the herb mixture and fill to the very top of the jar. Be sure your herb mixture is completely covered. Label your jar with the name of the herbs, the date, the alcohol strength, and the parts used. Allow to extract for 6 to 8 weeks, shaking the jar often. Strain the herb with cheesecloth and squeeze any remaining liquid in the herbs back into the extract. Bottle the liquid in amber dropper bottles and label.
Dose: To promote healthy digestion, enjoy ¼ teaspoon (or approximately one full dropper) before and after meals.
The herbs mentioned for gas and bloating can also be used to stimulate digestion and ease constipation. In addition to them, water, fiber, and movement can also work wonders, but if you need the big guns, the following will surely help to get things moving:
- Triphala: Two capsules twice daily for chronic support (Tri-berry combination: amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki). It cleanses, stimulates, and tonifies the GI tract.
- Bitters as mentioned have a strong laxative and stimulating effect and can be taken for constipation.
- Prunes (handy to have in your dried food stores).
Acute: Acute diarrhea is your body’s way of getting rid of something. (It is usually a good idea not to stop it unless it becomes excessive.) Usually the result of a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection, food poising can also cause diarrhea. Diarrhea causes your body to lose vital amounts of fluids, which makes dehydration is a concern. So, be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Here is a great “Electrolyte Lemonade” electrolyte replacement beverage for just such occasions:
- 2 tablespoons Grade B or dark maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- cayenne pepper to taste
- 8 ounces hot or cold water depending on your intention and mood
Combine all ingredients and enjoy. Recipe can be tripled to make a large batch to keep in the fridge. Can be poured over ice on a hot day as an electrolyte replacement beverage or made using boiling water to break up mucus and replace electrolyte loss from sickness or excessive diarrhea.
Chronic: Chronic diarrhea may be related to digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, or untreated bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections. Food allergies and sensitivities may also play a role in chronic diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea may cause an excessive and dangerous loss of vital fluids. In these cases, stopping the diarrhea can be a lifesaver.
- Carob Powder: Start with 1 tablespoon mixed in water. Increase dose gradually until diarrhea stops for immediate relief. Active ingredients are pectin (water-soluble substance that aids digestion) and tannins, which are carbohydrates and plant pigments that have antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Additionally, the tannins retain water and act as a binding agent resulting in firmer stools.
- Goldenseal: Antimicrobial (endangered herb; please use responsibly) Depending on the person and condition, use up to 6 grams/day.
- Garlic: Bombard intestines with it.
- Charcoal: Draws stuff to it and draws it out of the body.
- Probiotics: These help your body win the battle of the bugs.
- Astringents: Astringents are fabulous for healing the gut, they are used by herbalists to tighten and tone gut tissues and support “leaky” gut or tissues that weep with inflammation: Turmeric, blackberry root and leaf, black and green tea, and witch hazel are handy astringents to have on hand.
To relieve symptoms of acid reflux, indigestion, or upset stomach, try the following:
- Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL): Chew 1-2 tablets to coat tummy and soothe acid symptoms. More can be taken to relieve symptoms if needed. DGL powder can be made into a paste (swish in mouth for three minutes and spit) to treat mouth ulcers.
- Slippery Elm Bark: One to six tablespoons/day before or between meals as needed.
- Marshmallow Root: One to six tablespoons/day before or between meals as needed.
- Mullein Leaf: One teaspoon per cup of water as tea.
- Celery Juice: Six to eight ounces before bed.
Things that may contribute to acid reflux-like symptoms are stress (running from zombies will certainly activate your flight or fight response), decreased production of hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes, eating too much, your lower esophageal sphincter not closing tightly, and for some people, certain foods such as coffee, tomatoes, and peppers. H Pylori or other infections may also be an underlying problem.
What to do?
- Bitters: ¼ teaspoon or 1 dropper full to stimulate digestion and promote gastric emptying.
- Turmeric: Dependent on person and condition, 3 capsules of Kion Flex or between 1-3 tablespoons of powder per day for its astringent, healing, nutritive, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Goldenseal: Depending on the person and condition, up to 6 grams/day for its antimicrobial properties
- Licorice, marshmallow, slippery elm, mullein leaf to soothe and heal tissues.
- Fennel tea to soothe and heal tissues
- Eat less
- Chew food, be relaxed, eliminate stress
Let’s say you’ve been drinking too much of that 100 proof vodka you use for your tinctures and your liver starts kicking and screaming, you start getting a muffin top, and your partners in the shelter notice your face is starting to turn a little yellow with jaundice. The first thing you will need to do is put down the vodka. I know, it’s an apocalypse, but if you really want to live (which is why you built the bomb shelter in the first place) it is a good idea to treat your liver with kindness. Then, reach for the following:
- Milk Thistle Seeds: Protect and repair liver. 1 teaspoon seeds/cup as tea
- Dandelion Root: 1 teaspoon root/cup as tea
- Beets, Dandelion Greens, Root Vegetables
Beets really work well. In fact, they work so well that they will eliminate the itchy nastiness of hemorrhoids within two weeks by eating a small portion daily. (Hemorrhoids are a symptom of a congested liver.)
It is also good to know that dandelion, a common weed in the Pacific Northwest, is a nutrient-dense edible herb, not the nasty weed everyone wants to kill. Every time I see a dandelion plant I think to myself, “Look at those tasty bitter greens! Yum!”
First Aid Supplies For Musculoskeletal Conditions
The following remedies are fantastic to have on hand for when you pull a muscle running from a zombie.
Muscle Pain and Stiffness (Overexertion, Bruises, and Swelling)
- Comfrey Salve: Great for sprains, wounds, burns, arthritis, and contusions. Comfrey salves relieve pain, swelling, support muscle, cartilage, and bone.
- Ginger Root Salve: Warming, use for occasional sore muscles. Can be massaged into the tissue or applied topically.
- Arnica Flower Salve: Analgesic (relieves pain), can help treat physical trauma, bruises, strains, and occasional muscle pain. Use immediately after strenuous exertion or injury to prevent, relieve, and reduce swelling, bruises, and pain.
- Cayenne Pepper Salve: A warming salve, good for occasional sore muscles, alleviates pain and itching. Do not use on open sores or cuts unless you want to be screaming like a zombie.
- Turmeric or fish oil for internal use.
First Aid Supplies For Cuts, Scrapes, and Wounds
It goes without saying that, in post-apocalypic zombie-controlled America, you may wind up with a few minor abrasions that will need tending to ASAP in order for you to quickly bounce back and succeed in your next escape from the walking dead. Try these herbal first aid kit staples:
- Calendula Flower Salve: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, vulnerary (heals wounds). Useful for a wide variety of skin irritations and conditions, including wounds, insect bites, rashes, scrapes, abrasions, cuts, and much more. Suitable for sensitive skin and babies. For topical use.
- Chamomile Flower Salve: Antiseptic analgesic. Minor abrasions, cuts, scrapes, and wounds applied topically.
- Goldenseal Myrrh Salve: Antiseptic. Useful for treating minor wounds and skin conditions topically.
- Oregon Grape Root Salve: Antimicrobial, astringent, vulnerary herb that contains berberine (berberine kills yeast and bacteria). Fabulous used topically as a skin disinfectant for minor wounds.
- Thyme Salve: Antiseptic. Used topically for cuts, scrapes.
Burns and Sunburns
- Chickweed Salve: Antipruritic (anti-itch) emollient (softens skin). Soothing, helps topically with skin conditions, minor burns, insect bites, and other skin irritations.
- Lavender Essential Oil: Analgesic, antiseptic, antimicrobial. Soothing, calming, relieves pain, has healing properties beneficial when used topically for minor wounds and numerous skin conditions.
- St. John’s Wort Salve: Antibacterial and vulnerary herb that is a profound healer of sunburns. Beneficial for burns, minor wounds, cuts, bruises, muscular pain, insect bites and stings, nerve support, scrapes, and minor burns.
Herpes, Eczema, and Psoriasis
- Licorice Salve has shown to be beneficial for these conditions when used topically.
Insect Bites and Stings
- Echinacea Salve: Beneficial for minor sores, wounds, insect bites, and stings.
- Plantain Leaf Salve: Antipruritic (anti-itch), antiseptic. Helps speed the recovery process. Relieves and soothes insect bites and stings, poison ivy, itching, minor sores, bruises, blisters, and damaged skin.
First Aid Supplies For Inflammation
If you happen to be a person whose first instinct is to pop a few Ibuprofen at the first sign of inflammation, I beg of you, read my article on why you should never use Ibuprofen again. Then, stock your herbal first aid kit with the following:
- Turmeric: For internal use from capsules, food, or tea, or external use as poultice.
- Marshmallow Root: For internal use, or external use as a poultice.
- Calendula: For internal as a tea, or external use as a salve.
- Gentian Root: A very cold bitter herb for use as a tincture, tea, or capsules.
First Aid Supplies For Cold and Flu
Viruses cannot be killed by chemicals, drugs, antibiotics, or herbal compounds. The only way to fight these is to boost your body’s own immune system, and herbs are perfect for that. In the case of a zombie apocalypse, the following herbs are essential to have in your herbal first aid kit considering it will most likely be a viral outbreak that actually causes the zombie apocalypse.
Create a custom protocol using the following 3 steps:
- Boot Out the Invader
- Echinacea: Inhibits bacteria and viruses from penetrating healthy cells.
- Garlic: Antimicrobial that has an affinity for ear and cardiovascular system.
- Oregano: Inhibits viral infections, fights parasites and inflammation.
- Elderberry: Very efficient at inhibiting influenza, herpes, and bacterial infections.
- Calendula: Inhibits viruses, bacteria; inflammation, and treats infections, burns, cuts, and wounds.
- Nourish Infected Tissue
- Gentian Root: An anti-inflammatory and fever remedy that's great for sinus infections.
- Licorice Root: Prevention of influenza, relieves cough and sore throat, protects against leaky gut, reduces adrenal fatigue, relieves pain, and nourishes tissues.
- Ginger: Warms body, breaks down toxins, cleanses lymphatic system, relieves nausea, alleviates pain and inflammation, nutritive.
- Support Immune System
- Astragalus root: A renowned immune enhancer and building tonic that boosts the immune system and inhibits viruses.
- Isatis root: A broad-spectrum anti-microbial that has been shown to have activity against many types of bacteria and viruses and can be helpful in reducing fever and stimulating the immune system.
- Symptomatic Relief
- Wild Cherry Bark or Elderberry syrup for sore throat
- Thyme Tea: Expectorant, spasmolytic, bronchodilator, great for coughs!
You can buy your own elderberry syrup, but what fun is that? Here's a simple recipe to make your own fresh elderberry syrup:
- 4 Cups water
- 2 Cups organic dried elderberries
- 1 Teaspoon Organic cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh-grated organic ginger root
- Raw local honey
Combine elderberries, cinnamon, and ginger with water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 35 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries into the liquid mixture. Strain the berries and herbs through a cheesecloth, squeezing out as much juice as possible. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well-combined. Do not bring to a boil. Bottle in sterilized glass.
First Aid Supplies For Allergies
- Freeze Dried Nettle: Take 2 and titrate up to 10 capsules at once or per day for immediate allergy relief. (Nettle reduces the amount of histamine the body produces in response to an allergen. Nettles are also extremely nutritive, meaning they can be eaten as food during a zombie apocalypse!
- Celery juice for hay fever
- Julia’s sinus chest salve to relieve nasal congestion
Nettle Soup Recipe
Warning! Wear thick protective gloves when handling nettles until after they are blanched
- 1 densely packed plastic grocery bag filled with fresh nettle tops
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ chopped onion
- ½ cup chopped shallots
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups organic chicken bone broth
- 2 cups of water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Wearing protective gloves, transfer the nettle tops into the boiling water. Blanch for 2 minutes. Strain, and then transfer the nettles into the bowl of ice water. Strain. Cut away and discard any large stems from the nettles. The nettles have now lost their stingers and can be easily handled. Set aside.
- In a large sauté pan, sauté the onions, shallots, and celery in olive oil over medium heat until softened and onions are translucent. Add potatoes, bone broth, water, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 7 minutes.
- Chop the blanched nettles and add to soup pot. Add enough water to just cover the nettles and potatoes and simmer until the potatoes are soft and the nettles tender.
- Remove the bay leaf from the pot. Transfer soup to an upright blender and purée until smooth. Return the soup to the pot and bring to a simmer. Add lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve!
Tip: Harvest more nettles than you need. After blanching, nettles can be frozen for future use!
First Aid Supplies For Headaches
Nothing can give you a headache more than fighting zombies. So at the end of the day when you return to your shelter reach for the following herbs for relief:
- Feverfew: Taken fresh, in capsular form, or as tea, feverfew can clear migraines within a month. Chew on fresh leaves at onset of headache or migraine, or mix 1 teaspoon dried feverfew with boiling water as tea.
- Lavender, rosemary, peppermint oil: Rub into temples, or inhale.
- Pain relief: White willow, Jamaican dogwood, valerian root teas or in capsular form.
- Julia’s sinus and chest salve: rub into temples and forehead.
First Aid Supplies For Stress, Anxiety, or Shock
This is definitely a condition that needs addressing in a zombie apocalypse. If you get bitten you may go into shock, which is not conducive to your immune system fighting the virus.
- Kava, St. John’s wort, valerian, chamomile, poppy. These can be taken in capsular form or in in teas. Dosage depends on the person and condition.
- Five flower formula: this is the same ingredient list as rescue remedy; use as directed
- Stress release aromatherapy blend: dab as a perfume on hands and inhale for calming effect.
Honey Kava Kava Kool-Aid
Add the kava and water to a blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Discard the pulp, add honey, and enjoy!
*Caution: Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using Kava Kava, in pregnancy or lactation, also if you have liver problems, or are taking any medications. Not for use by persons under 18 years of age. Excessive use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability to operate a vehicle, dangerous equipment, or fight zombies.
First Aid Supplies For Sleep
To help you get to sleep
- Ground poppy seeds: ¼ teaspoon steeped in warm milk before bed. Slowly increase to the dose that gives you the best sleep without morning grogginess.
To help you stay asleep
- Ground Nutmeg: ¼ teaspoon steeped in warm milk before bed. Slowly increase to the dose that gives you the best sleep without morning grogginess.
It is okay to use both nutmeg and poppy at the same time. Titrate the dose up until sleep is achieved with a little grogginess in the morning, and then cut back to last previous dose.
First Aid Supplies For Women
Dong Quai Root (Queen of Herbs)
Fabulous blood mover, reduces pain and inflammation, promotes menstruation, menstrual regulator, great overall tonic for women. Use for PMS, cramps, menopause. This herb is an adaptogen and has an affinity for the uterus.
Great female uterine tonic and aphrodisiac. Use for menstrual irregularity, menopausal symptoms, and infertility. Can be used to increase or encourage the flow of milk in lactating women.
Superb for menopausal problems, anxiety, depression, fear, feelings of worthlessness, and nerve pain.
- Activated charcoal tablets: 25 grams or half a bottle for children. Up to a full bottle for adults until emergency help can be found.
Again, if you have consumed too much of your 100 proof vodka you use for tinctures, charcoal can also be used to absorb alcohol and prevent hangovers in cases of overindulgence; take 2 capsules before bed or in the morning with at least 8 ounces of water.
Herbal Mosquito Repellant
Natural Insect Repellant Recipe
- 2 tablespoons witch-hazel
- 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
- ½ teaspoon vodka as preservative
- 50 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil (Youngliving Essential Oils Thieves Essential Oil Blend)
- 15 drops cedar wood essential oil
- 20 drops lavender angustafolia essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
In a 3-4-ounce bottle, combine all ingredients. Shake well before using. Store in a cool, dark place when not using. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.
*Warning: Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects, but it is not recommended for use on children under 3 years. Always test essential oils on a small area to test for a sensitivity or allergic reaction before using an essential oil for the first time.
Herbal Care of Teeth and Gums
This is a valuable recipe to have on hand because you probably wont have access to a grocery store and toothpaste will become the next form of currency, giving you immense bartering leverage.
Twigs contain volatile oils, which stimulate blood circulation, tannins that tighten and cleanse gum tissue, and other materials such as vitamin C, which maintains healthy gums. Bay, eucalyptus, oak, fir, juniper, neem tree in Asia, marshmallow, licorice, alfalfa, or horseradish can also be used.
Qualities of herbal toothpaste: (Can you see the herbal formulation and intent here?)
- Warming: pungent herbs that promote circulation in gums like cinnamon, bayberry root, and prickly ash bark.
- Astringent: herbs that contain tannins, which tighten the gums, such as white oak bark, myrrh, turmeric.
- Detoxifying: to remove debris, echinacea.
- Increase circulation and kill germs: tea tree oil, peppermint, spearmint
- Kill germs: frankincense.
Herbal Toothpaste Recipe
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 5 tablespoons aluminum free baking soda
- ½ teaspoon bentonite clay powder
- ¼ teaspoon myrrh powder
- 2 teaspoons echinacea herbal tincture
- ¼ teaspoon stevia liquid extract (optional)
- 30 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- Melt coconut oil in a small pan. Cool until oil is at room temperature, yet still liquid. Add the baking soda, clay, and myrrh powder to the coconut oil. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir every few minutes until the coconut oil cools further and you get a nice thick paste. Spoon into your container of choice. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush and brush as normal.
(Note: If you pour the mixture into your containers while it’s still liquid, it can separate.)
There are many ways herbs can be used during a zombie apocalypse. The following is a list of preparations to give you an idea of how you can prepare your herbs to be used for different situations.
Tea: Bring 1 pint of water to a boil and pour over 1 ounce of herb. For flowers and leaves, steep for 10 minutes; for barks or berries, steep for 20 minutes; for roots, steep for 30 minutes. Can be served hot or cold.
Dried/Encapsulated: Easy, long shelf life, taste, some properties enhanced by drying.
Syrup: Boil one quart of water with 2 ounces of herb down to 1 pint; then add 2 ounces of honey or maple syrup.
Tinctures: Never lose potency, alcohol-based, but not potent enough to really get a response. Realistic dose is ½ ounce per day.
Oils: Easy and quick to prepare
Salves: Convenient, store well
Poultice: Easy and gives immediate relief.
So that's it!
Kiss your pharmaceuticals and organ-damaging medicines and super-bacteria creating antibiotics goodbye and opt for these natural first aid supplies instead.
How To Make Your Own Herbal Infused Oil & Salves
Solar Infused Herbal Oil
- Coarsely chop dried botanicals of your choice (leave any flowers whole).
- Place dried botanicals into a dry and sterilized glass jar. Cover with Extra Virgin Olive Oil or other oil of choice that has a stable shelf life, leaving at least 2 inches of oil above the herbs to allow the herbs to swell. Close the jar tightly and place in a sunny, warm window. Cover the jar with a bag or box so the oil is not exposed to direct sunlight.
- Shake the jar once per day, or as often as you remember. If the herbs absorb the oil, add more so they are always submerged in oil. Allow to infuse for 2-6 weeks, or until the oil takes on the color and aroma of the herb.
- Once the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth, and bottle into dry and sterilized amber bottles for storage. Make sure to squeeze as much oil as possible from the herbs. Herbal oils will keep for approximately a year when stored properly in a cool dark place.
Salves are semi-solid at room temperature, yet soften when applied to the skin and tend to be less goopy than oils. Salves are created for a variety of external topical uses. To make a salve, first craft your herbal infused oil.
- 8 ounces herbal infused oil of your choice
- 1 ounce beeswax
- Glass jars or tin containers
Place herbal infused oil and beeswax over a double boiler and gently warm over low heat until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat. Quickly pour into sterilized tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely.
Storage: Salves are best stored in a cool dry location where they will remain semi-solid and will not melt and solidify repetitively. When properly stored, salves will last for one to three years.
Note: If you prefer a firmer salve, use more beeswax, or less for a softer salve. Beeswax has emollient, protective, nourishing, soothing, and healing properties. If using coconut oil, depending on your region, you may not need beeswax unless you live in a hot or warm climate.
Like I mentioned in the introduction, bookmark this article, print it, send it to your e-reader – use whatever method you'd like to keep it safe and handy for when the zombies come.
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