By Sarena-Rae Santos, Natural Health Blogger
Every herbalist needs a simple recipe highlighting the benefits of their favorite herb; that’s what this recipe is. This goldenrod salve can help relieve pain from muscle aches or conditions like arthritis. Goldenrod is great for alleviating allergy and eczema symptoms and can even be used on minor wounds. It only has three ingredients making it simple, even for herbalists in training.
Health Benefits of Goldenrod
If you read our Goldenrod Herbal Profile, you’d know goldenrod has been used traditionally, for its wound-healing properties. Still, it does so much more, including but not limited to the following:
- Antioxidant properties (1)
- Anti-inflammatory properties (2)
- Anti-aging properties (3)
- May promote heart health (4)
- May improve urinary tract health (5)
- May aid in weight loss (6)
- Anticancer properties (7)
Simple Goldenrod Salve
Ingredients & Materials:
- 1 ½ cups of organic olive oil (or other liquid carrier oil of choice)
- 1 cup of fresh or dried goldenrod (I used this)
- 1/4 cup of beeswax (I used this)
- 2 mason jars
- Wooden utensil (for stirring)
- 12 oz. container to put your salve in (I used 3 of these)
Step 1: Place the goldenrod in a mason jar, and completely cover the goldenrod with olive oil before securing the lid on the jar.
Step 2: Get a pot and fill it with water before placing your mason jar into the water (the water should cover ¾ of the mason jar for a proper infusion).
Step 3: Heat the water to a light simmer and let the oil infuse in the heat for 1-2 hours. You can start with medium heat and then drop to a low simmer when it bubbles the slightest (anything hotter may cause the glass to explode). Be sure to check the water level every 15 minutes and add water to the pot as necessary.
Step 4: When the oil is infused, it should be a more golden/yellow color. When it has reached that color, remove it from the heat.
Step 5: Strain the infusion through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth into another glass mason jar. Be sure to squeeze all the oil from the goldenrod.
Step 6: Pour out some of the water in the pot from the infusion process leaving enough to cover approximately half of the mason jar preparing for the melting process.
Step 7: Add the beeswax to the oil infusion and put it back on the stovetop in the water to melt the beeswax, occasionally mixing with a wooden utensil.
Step 8: When the beeswax is completely melted, pour it into the container of your choice. Let the salve cool, and use it for any skin issues your family might be experiencing.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and nothing in this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. If you have questions, please do your own research or seek advice from a health professional.