Comfrey – One of the must-haves for every herbal cabinet and garden, comfrey is one of the most reliable herbs to have in your arsenal. Comfrey has also been known as knitbone for its tissue-mending properties. Used on sprains, strains, and breaks, it also aids in decreasing both swelling and pain.
Calendula - is best known for its skin healing properties. It is said to not only heal skin conditions but help prevent wrinkles and scarring plus fight free radicals. Calendula is a very gentle yet effective herb to use in combination with any other salve herb. For burns, rashes, diaper areas, and general scrapes and scratches.
Chickweed - is a great remedy for any type of itchy skin condition. Use for bug bites and stings, chicken pox, measles, rashes or simply dry skin.
Chamomile - is both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and wonderful for itch relief. Many uses for this homemade salve!
Eucalyptus - is wonderful for any type of congestion, bronchitis, asthma and even muscle pain.
Lemon balm - doesn’t just smell heavenly; it can also help to sooth anxiety and nervous tension. Lemon balm in a salve is excellent to help speed the healing process of cold sores.
Lavender - makes a great healing salve for dry, chapped skin. Smells divine too!
Marigold - is the must-have for your beauty regimen as it can help to soothe sunburned skin while also helping to provide relief for acne and other types of skin blemishes.
Solomons Seal - is suberb for any type of pain. Many arthritis sufferers benefit greatly from solomons seal. Try mixing with comfrey!
St John’s Wort – Most widely known for its ability to calm and soothe the nerves, St. John’s wort can also help you promote the healing of your skin, which makes it a great choice for those who may be struggling with acne and other types of skin concerns. This herb will lend your salve its ability to bring down inflammation and aid cuts, bruises, rashes, scrapes, and the like.
Yarrow – Known widely for its aid to bleeding wounds, yarrow is also helpful for bruises, rashes, swelling, and sprains.
Lavender Essential Oil – Soothing, calming, and healing; lavender is known for its ability to heal and soothe the skin. Its calming effect is also of importance in situations where trauma has occurred and the emotional aspect of cuts and burns need just as much tending as the physical ones.
Potent Herbs to be used with caution:
Tea Tree Essential Oil – For scratches and cuts, tea tree oil is an excellent replacement for Neosporin. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well. Tea tree oil is considered a “hot” oil in that its potency can burn sensitive skin. For that reason only small amounts are necessary for a broad spectrum salve such as this.
Bloodroot - is a very potent herb! Salve made with bloodroot is typically call black salve. This herb has an amazing drawing ability and is used as a boil drawing salve and even skin cancer. Working with this herb is not for beginners but definitely worth mentioning.
Arnica - Arnica is world reknown as a pain reliever. This is another very potent herb not recommended for beginners but is a great salve for any kind of muscle ache, joint pain or tension. Try some arnica salve on your temples for headaches.