SO, WHAT IS AN HERBAL SALVE?
So, a salve is basically a balm (there is a balm in Gilead lol). It’s a pretty simply mixture of an infused oil mixed with beeswax (or a vegan alternative to beeswax).
HOW TO MAKE A SALVE
There are several ways to make an infused oil: you can do a solar infusion where you let it sit for 4-6 weeks or you can do a heat infusion on the stove, in a crock pot, etc.
Once the oil was ready, I heated it using a double boiler method. Note: if you don’t have a double boiler, do what I did. I took the lid of the mason jar my oil was in and placed it on the bottom of my saucepan. I sat the mason jar with oil on top of the lid, which prevents the jar from getting direct heat the saucepan. The, I added water to the saucepan so it covered 1/2-3/4 of the mason jar (make sure water doesn’t get in the oil!)
After that, turn the stove on low to warm the oil. Add the beeswax (you can do this right away or when the oil is warm). You’ll see the wax turn translucent and melt over time, just stir occasionally.