Daisy salve in the making...
According to the recipe by Kristine De Block - our very cherished local Herbalist:
"MAKING YOUR OWN DAISY SALVE
Daisies are absolutely everywhere at the moment, and although they’ve fallen out of fashion in the herbal medicine world, they were used for centuries as bruise healers.
I personally think it is time to resurrect the old recipes, so I'm going to teach you how to make a daisy salve. Salves are very easy and fast to make because they just contain oil and wax – no fancy ingredients or equipment.
- Daisies (two big handfuls)
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Glass container with a lid
- Jars for the salve
Method to make the daisy oil:
- Do not wash the daisies as this would lead to mould growth in your salve.
- Put the daisies in the jar. Then pour on enough oil to cover them by about 2cm.
- Cover the jar and leave on a sunny window sill for 2 weeks. It’s really important that the oil covers all of the daisies, because if some are exposed to air, they again might grow mould.
- After 2 weeks, strain out the daisies.
- If you’re feeling ambitious and there are more daisies in bloom, you can collect more daisies and put them into the same oil and infuse for another 2 weeks. This would make a double-strong oil.
Method to make the daisy salve:
- Gentle melt the ingredients together over a bain marie.
- Ratios: for every 120ml of daisy infused oil, add 20g of beeswax or vegan alternatives such as Candelilla wax.
- When the beeswax has fully dissolved, pour the mix into sterilised jars, seal and label!"
Copied from May 2018 newsletter, with Kristine's permission. To sign up, go to Kristine's website The Crafty Herbalist