Making a DIY Rosemary Salve is very easy and uses just three ingredients. Combine the beneficial properties of the herb with skin soothing ingredients to create a natural salve you will want to have on hand at home.
You may be familiar with cooking with rosemary, but did you know the herb is also great in skincare?
Just like adding rosemary to your food can impart some benefits, applying rosemary topically to your skin could have the following benefits, according to research:
- Therapeutic Effects on the Nervous System
- Add antioxidants
This homemade salve recipe uses a rosemary-infused oil. Infusing herbs in oil is very easy to do, but you need to have extra time to prepare it before using the infused oil in this salve recipe.
DIY Rosemary Salve
Makes three 2-oz tins.
- 1 Cup Rosemary-infused Oil (I used coconut, see variations in notes below)
- 2 ½ Tablespoons Beeswax Pellets
- 20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (I used Rosemary 1,8-Cineole from Plant Therapy)
- 2-ounce tins with lids
Add the beeswax into the rosemary-infused oil. Heat the mixture in a double boiler on medium-low heat until it is fully melted.
Alternatively, you can also microwave the mixture at 50% power (or the defrost setting) for 30 seconds at a time. You can also do 15 second intervals, you will just need to check more often.
Stir in between each interval to help with the melting, being sure not to overheat the mixture and have it burn.
Add 20 drops of rosemary essential oil into the mixture. Stir together thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into the 2-oz containers and let sit for a few hours or overnight until fully hardened and opaque in color.
- Add in 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil to help preserve your salve for even longer and add extra moisturizing properties.
- You can use any type of carrier oil for the infused oil. This recipe used coconut oil. You can use avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.
- For a vegan salve, use candelilla wax instead of beeswax.
- Use less beeswax if you want a softer balm. Using 2 ½ tablespoons and coconut oil will make this salve harder than most salves.
- Keep out of direct sunlight.
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Making DIY salves is quick and easy. With your leftover beeswax pellets, you can make more balms, lotions and salves. See these ideas next:
- DIY Rose Salve
- How to Make Jewelweed Salve
- How to Make Beeswax Balm
- Dry Skin-Soothing Balm
- Beeswax Lip Balm
- Anti-Aging Eye Balm