Easy Homemade Burn Salve

Keep this easy homemade burn salve on hand for minor injuries and sunburns.

| November 2014

Lavender and honey

Lavender and beeswax combine in this homemade burn salve to soothe and protect burns while they heal.

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Learn how to resolve many common ailments with herbal medicine in The Essential Herbal for Natural Health (Roost Books, 2012) by Holly Bellebuono. Offering wisdom gleaned from years of experience as an herbalist, Bellebuono presents recipes and tips on the particular qualities of each herb in a warm, welcoming manner. The following recipe from Chapter 11: Healing Wounds, makes an herbal burn salve.

Lavender has been hailed as a key burn-healing plant since its "discovery," detailed in the French chemist and perfumer Rene-Maurice Gattefosse's 1937 book Aromatherapie: Les Huiles Essentielles Hormones Vegetales. The story of his discovery is nearly legendary: while working in his laboratory, Gattefosse burned his hand and, in pain, reached for something to apply to the burn. By chance, he grabbed a recently made batch of pure lavender essential oil. To his surprise, the burn healed quickly without leaving scar tissue.

The oil in this homemade burn salve nourishes your skin while the beeswax provides a moisture barrier, keeping infection at bay and sealing in your body's healing fluids. Make this balm and keep it in the first aid cabinet for emergencies.


Yields 1 cup

• 1 cup fresh lavender flowers (or 1/2 cup dried)
• 1 cup vegetable oil (olive or canola)
• 1/4 cup beeswax
• 8 drops lavender essential oil

Make the Burn Salve

Follow the instructions in How to Make Herbal Oils and Salves for making an herbal salve. Apply gently as needed to fresh burns, taking care not to pull the skin. Cover the treated area lightly with a sterile bandage, drink plenty of water, and rest.

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