Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:06 PM
Comfrey, a lot...at least an ounce or so.
Olive oil, enough to cover the comfrey
Beeswax, one tablespoon per cup of oil used
So you take your comfrey. Dried is best, and you put it in a slow cooker, if you have one, if not then use a pot on LOW on the stovetop. Add the oil to cover the herb and cook for about 3 hours. Mash/macerate the plant matter into the oil until it becomes dark green and aromatic of comfrey. Use a cheesecloth and a strainer to remove the solids and then you melt in the beeswax and mix thoroughly. Pour into whatever small jars you want to use. ..we use the little half-jelly jars and they work great. Let cool and there you have it. This stuff is fantastic. I hope someone can benefit!
One thing. ..I try to use a spoon or something to scoop it out instead of just fingers. I worry a little about bacterial contamination because it is a low acid concoction. I've thought about adding in an essential oil like tea tree or rosemary to give an antibacterial effect but haven't tried it yet.
Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:21 PM
Thanks so much for that - this kind of stuff is right up my street I have a slow cooker and a pressure cooker so now I might experiment with both.
Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:31 PM
Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:31 PM
Do you mean the plantain that is little brown ears at the top of a grassy stalk? How would you prep the plantain?
Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:33 PM
(On a separate note, just looked at your profile and we have A LOT in common )
Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:10 PM
Sorry, I'm on mobile and can't figure out how to hyperlink. Anyway, I use the leaves as a poultice when fresh or dry them and make an infused oil or salve. It's AWESOME for bee stings, burns, abrasions, etc. Like surface of the skin issues, whereas comfrey seems to work deeper into muscle, tendons, ligaments. So I thought they'd sort of complement each other in a mixture for salve. Like I said, haven't tried it yet but maybe I will next time!
Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:30 PM
Anyway, it's lovely to meet you and I hope you have luck with the salve recipe! Message me anytime...I'm always happy to chat