This DYI recipe is a nice one to use for a variety of skin problems. Not only do the herbs in it contain anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, but some also support and promote cell regeneration for fast healing.
How to Make Anti-Fungal Herbal Salve
2 cups of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tsp Echinacea root
1 tablespoon Calendula flowers
2 tablespoons Comfrey leaf
2 tablespoons Plantain leaf
1 teaspoon Thyme leaf
1 teaspoon Yarrow flowers and leaf
1 teaspoon Rosemary leaf
1/4 cup beeswax
30 drops Grapefruit essential oil
Vitamin E oil to preserve (optional)
Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two methods for this procedure. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave for 4 weeks, shaking the jar every day. The other method is quicker. Simply heat the herbs and olive oil over a very low heat in a double boiler for about 3 hours until the oil is completely infused with the herbs. It will change color to take on a stronger green.
Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring the mixture through cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then tightly squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil separated from the plant material.
Discard the herbs and save the infused oil.
Melt the beeswax in a pan with low heat. After the beeswax is completely melted, add in the infused oil and gentle heat just until the wax and oil comb. If desired, add vitamin E.
Add the Grapefruit essential oil to the warmed oil and beeswax.
Pour into small glass jars, let cool and cover. Label salve. Use topically on wounds, diaper rash, or other skin issues.
Note: To keep the salve fresh longer, store in refrigerator and it will keep up to one year. If not refrigerated, the salve should be used within 6 months.
This recipe was learned from Connie at http://lambshoppe.com.