*Mother Roaster Homework: • Make Prana Balm • Make Black Salve • And Choose to Make 1 of the following: (soothing salve or basic bum butter)
SALVES: Salves are a form of oil based herbal medicine. They combine an infused oil with a wax or butter to form a hardened consistency that ranges from warm butter balm to lip balm.
Salves are applied topically to speed the healing of wounds, prevent scarring, ease swelling or bruising or soothe rashes.
LIQUIDS: Almond Oil: One of the most widely used for herbal topical application and has great nutritional value. Contains glycosides, minerals, vitamins and is rich in protein.
Apricot Oil: Reduces callous, rough or cracked skin. Helps with wrinkling and anti-aging. High in vitamin A.
Cocoa Butter: Heavenly smell-like chocolate! Works as a water repellent for the skin. High in vitamin E.
Coconut Oil: Derived from coconut kernels, high quality can be used to scent your creams or salves. Can be in liquid or solid form. It is a great emollient and has skin cooling properties, but used in excess can cause skin to dry out.
Grape Seed Oil: Extremely light oil. Hypoallergenic and good for sensitive skin.
SOLIDS: Shea Butter: Filled with vitamins A & E and plant steroids, it is antimicrobial and is also very moisturizing! It protects from UV rays, helps with scar tissue (ideal for C-section healing after the wound has closed), anti-aging and can help with bruising.
Beeswax: Helps to harden and can be used as an emulsifying agent.
Mother Roaster Projects
Get your hands into some of mother earth’s gifts and make some beautiful balms/salves to share with your mamas!
Make: Prana Balm Black Salve
And choose 1 or both of: Soothing Salve Basic Bum Butter
• 1 cup (.24 L) olive oil • 3 tablespoons (44 ml) dried Comfrey Leaves (healing/knitting qualities, aids in healing of cuts and bruises) • 2 tablespoons (29 ml) dried Calendula Flowers (anti microbial, soothing, skin healing) • 1 tablespoon (14 ml) dried Witch Hazel Leaves (astringent, aids in healing, anti swelling) • 1tbs St. John’s Wort (astringent, healing) • 1tbs Plantain Leaf (soothing, skin healing, anti itch, eases pain) Gather your herbs with love, gratitude and intentions.
• If time allows, leave your oil with herbs in a cool dark place to infuse over 6 weeks. This slow infusion is the preferred method of making infused oils. • If you need to infuse your oil quickly you may use heat. This can be done by placing in double broiler or putting mason jar full of infusion into a crock pot full of water on low. • Combine the herbs and oil in either the double boiler or crockpot. • Gently heat for 2-12 hours. The longer and slower, the better. • NOTE: If you are using a double boiler, check the level of your water periodically! • If using a crock-pot, check your temperature to make sure your herbs aren’t burning (getting crisp and brown) • Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth Infused oil may be used directly on any swelling or tearing (we include comfrey in this recipe as it can be a good healing agent for more superficial tears. Comfrey should be omitted or not used on deep tears).
Basic Bum Butter
This recipe was developed for use on sore bums, hemorrhoids, or diaper rash.
Warm beeswax in a double boiler. Once melted, add infused oil.
HERBAL INSIGHT Always, use a double boiler when melting beeswax as it is flammable if heated too high!
HERBAL INSIGHT Because the oil is a lower temperature than the melted beeswax, it will cause some of the beeswax to re-harden forming swirls of beeswax within the oil mixture. Continue to gently warm until it is all liquid again. Pour into jars and allow to cool.
HERBAL INSIGHT The amount of beeswax you use will depend on the desired consistency of your final product. Using 1⁄4 cup of beeswax will result in a very soft salve, like the consistency of butter. Using a 1/3 cup of beeswax will result in a salve, that is much harder, akin to the consistency of chapstick.
By Lorie McCoy This recipe is developed specifically to be used with placenta powder as a part of the placenta prana services. However, it’s also a great all over balm. If placenta is added, this balm becomes amazing for stretch marks, wrinkles, sore nipples + skin irritations.
Instructions: • melt coconut oil in a double boiler • add herbs and allow to infuse over low heat for 4-6 hours • strain •(if making placenta salve – add placenta powder, stir until dissolved) • melt beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler • add infused oil • warm until all is melted • pour into jars
Perfect for skin wounds, swelling, tears, hemorrhoids and itchiness! Ingredients: • 3 Tablespoons (44 ml) Calendula Blossoms (anti microbial, anti septic, soothing, skin healing) • 2 Tablespoons (29 ml) Witch Hazel Leaves (astringent, anti swelling • 1 Tablespoon Plantain (astringent, anti septic, soothing, eases pain) • 1 Tablespoon Comfrey (skin healing, speeds healing of cuts and bruises) • 1 Tablespoon Marshmallow Root (soothing, anti inflammatory) • 1 Tablespoon (14 ml) Lavender buds (anti microbial, aromatic, soothing) • 1 cup (.24 L) Coconut Oil • 1⁄4 cup (59 ml) Beeswax • 2 Tablespoons (29 ml) Shea Butter
Instructions: • Melt coconut oil in a double boiler or crockpot. • Add herbs and gently heat for 2-12 hours. The longer & slower, the better! • Strain, compost plant material and reserve oil. • Melt beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler. • Add infused oil and gently heat until uniformly liquid. • Pour into jars or salve tins
The perfect addition to any herbal first aid kit. Removes toxins & impurities. Soothes bee stings, cuts & scrapes.
• 1⁄4 cup (59 ml) Coconut Oil • 1⁄4 cup (59 ml) Olive Oil • 1⁄4 cup (59 ml) Chickweed leaves (skin healing, anti inflammatory) Gently warm oils in a double boiler or crockpot + Add Chickweed • Infuse over very low heat for 2-12 hours • Strain and reserve oil • 2 tablespoons (29 ml) Beeswax • 2 tablespoons (29 ml) Shea Butter • 2 tablespoons (29 ml) Activated Charcoal • 2 tablespoons (29 ml) Bentonite Clay • Melt beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler • Add infused oil + gently heat until liquid • Remove from heat • Add charcoal, clay and black walnut hull • Stir until dissolved + pour into jars