Collect all of your ingredients ahead of time, including a double boiler, a spoon for stirring and plenty of clean, bone-dry containers. Make sure you have plenty of oil and beeswax to complete your project. The following recipe makes a small amount of salve but you can change the amount to suit how much salve you want to make.
1 cup herb-infused oil
3-4 tablespoons beeswax, grated or sliced in smallish pieces with a sharp knife
Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a double boiler and bring it to a simmer. Place oil and beeswax in the top pan of the double boiler and place it in the bottom pan. (You can rig a double boiler by putting water in the bottom of a larger pan, bringing the water to a simmer and placing a slightly smaller pan in the larger one.) Heat oil and beeswax over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the lumps of beeswax are completely dissolved and the mixture looks like plain oil. You will need to keep a very close eye on it. Turn off the heat and put a spoonful of the salve in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes. If it is too hard add more oil, if it is too soft add more beeswax and heat until melted. I have found a fairly wide range works so you don’t need to be too picky about this. Pour the oil/beeswax mixture into the containers. Allow to cool and then put on lids. Salve may be stored at room temperature in a dark place.
*If you don’t plan on using a salve for a long time you can store it in the refrigerator.
*Clean your pan and spoon immediately with lots of soap and hot water. If you allow it to set it will be very difficult to clean.
*You can measure the beeswax by adding it a few pieces at a time to the oil. If you’re using 1 cup of oil, add beeswax until the level of the oil reaches just under 1 ¼ cups.
*You can also measure your ingredients by volume using a kitchen scale. Use approximately 1 part beeswax to 4 parts oil.
*Do not use salves on burns or infected cuts because of the potential to trap in the infection.