Ward House


One of my all time favorite plants, is Yarrow. Does not matter the color. Thankfully this house came with lots of wild growing, delicate looking white yarrow and we planted yellow last fall. This year it is just prolific in its flowering and I love the scent.

If you did not already know, Yarrow is a great medicinal plant to have around: stops bleeding and helps to fight off colds and flu. This site has some great information including using yarrow as an activator for the compost pile. After researching its uses I realized that it would make a great border down the sides of the garden fence. Hmmm.

I would love to create a salve with this herb and to do so, some infused oil needs to be brewed. These directions were found here:

Oils of olive, almond, coconut or almond are all good choices and it is best to use fresh plant material though some dried roots are appropriate provided they have been thoroughly dried. (You can bake roots at a very low temperature for 1 hour before using.)

~ Select fresh, dry plants. Wipe off any dirt and discard damaged parts. You should select enough plant material to completely fill the jar you are going to be using.

~ Coarsely chop the herbs and pack them into a clean and very dry jar. Use a jar with a very tight fitting lid as some herbs will ‘gas-off’ which can cause oozing.

~ Pour your oil slowly over the herbs all the way to the the very top of the jar. Poke the herbs with a long, thin object to eliminate as many air pockets as possible This will reduce the opportunity for mold to grow. Fill with oil to thevery top and screw the lid on very tight.

~ Label your jar with the date and type of herbs and oil used.

~ Keep the jar on a flat surface at normal room temperature for 6-8 weeks. Leaving the herbs in longer could result in mold.

~ Pour off into a clean, very dry jar. Strain herbs through a clean piece of cloth.

~ Let sit for several days after you decant it to let any water that seeped from the herbs settle to the bottom of your jar. Pour off into a new clean, very dry jar.

~ Label your creation and store in a cool dark place.

Once the infusion is ready, the salve recipe seems easy enough:

Herbal Salve is easy to make at home using infused oils and beeswax.The type of salve you are making will depend on the type of infused oil you are using. Comfrey and calendula make a nice healing salve.Save small glass condiment jars and lids (like the kind artichoke heartsor pimentos come in) for storing your creations. You will need a small enamel pan, a grater, and a wooden spoon.

Making Herbal Salve

~ Warm 2 ounces of infused oil on very low heat, just until warm.

~ Add 2 TBS of grated beeswax and stir until completely melted and incorporated with the oil. You can also add a drop or 2 of essential oil at this point for fragrance.

~ Pour mixture into a small, shallow, glass jar and let it cool until solid.

~ If it is too soft reheat it and add a bit more beeswax. If it is too hard reheat it and add a touch more oil.

~ Once completely cool screw the lid on tight and label.


July 2, 2009 - Posted by | family, Gardening, recipes, self sufficiency

1 Comment »

  1. thanks for visiting my blog and becoming my one hundredth follower!! if you would be kind enough to send me your snail mail address to anniekelleher@aol.com, i would be delighted to send you a small gift…also, i also use plantain in infused oils… i actually simply mash the leaves into almond oil. my grandson had severe ecxema and a combination of plaintain and jewelweed in almond oil clears it up like nothing else. the first couple times i made it, i used olive oil, and i didn't find the smell that objectionable – is there a possiblity the oil could've been slightly rancid? thanks again and i look forward to reading more of your blog :)!

    Comment by annie kelleher | July 3, 2009 | Reply

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