Our Organic Elderflower Healing Salve recipe combines nourishing shea butter and natural oils with organic elderflower.
This powerful blend revitalizes and moisturizes your skin, providing deep nourishment and protection. Packed with vitamins, shea butter repairs damaged skin while shielding it from free radicals.
Experience the healing properties of elderflower as you bid farewell to dryness and welcome supple, protected skin.
Below is the detailed recipe for creating this fantastic healing salve with natural, plant-based ingredients.
The versatile plant known as elder is a perennial shrub with a rich history of uses. From its potential health benefits to its unique stems used as a fire-blowing tool, the elder has much to offer.
The flowers of Sambucus nigra & Sambucus ebulus L are particularly valued for their diaphoretic properties, often enjoyed in a soothing elderflower tea or blended with other herbs. Native to Europe, North America, and southwest Asia, the elder has been cherished for generations for its medicinal properties.
Healing Salve Uses and Benefits
Moisturizing: Shea butter is deeply moisturizing and can help to nourish and hydrate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
Soothing: Elderflower has soothing properties can help calm irritated or inflamed skin. It may benefit conditions such as eczema, rashes, or dry skin.
Anti-aging: Elderflower is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which can help protect the skin from free radicals and reduce the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Healing: The combination of elderflower and shea butter can promote the healing of wounds, burns, scrapes, and abrasions. It may also help relieve itchiness and reduce redness.
Versatility: Organic elderflower healing salve serves many purposes, including lip balm, skincare mask, or all-over body moisturizer.
While these benefits are commonly associated with elderflower healing salve made with shea butter, individual results may vary. It’s always a good idea to do a patch test on a small skin area before using any new product, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies.
Healing Salve Ingredients
- 1 cup organic elderflowers
- 1 cup organic carrier oil (such as high quality olive oil, jojoba and rosehip or coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup organic shea butter
Healing Salve Instructions:
Begin by infusing the elderflowers buds in a carrier oil in a clean glass jar. Ensure that the flowers are fully submerged in the oil.
To create a classic infusion, seal the jar tightly containing dried elderflowers and oil and store it in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar gently every few days to aid in the infusion process.
After four to six weeks: Strain the infused oil.
- Place a cheesecloth, in a reusable nutmilk bag or fine-mesh strainer over a clean bowl or jar, and pour the oil through to separate the flowers from the oil.
- Squeeze out as much oil as possible from the flowers.
- Melt the shea butter in a double boiler or heatproof bowl placed over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until completely melted.
- Once the shea butter has melted, add the infused elderflower oil to the double boiler or heatproof bowl. Stir well to combine the shea butter with the oil. Do not cover the pot while heating; any condensation (water) can have a negative impact on the salve.
- Carefully pour the mixture into clean, sterilized containers. Allow the salve to cool and solidify entirely before closing the containers.
- Lastly, store the elderflower healing salve in a cool, dry place. It should last for several months to one year.
To help soothe dry or irritated skin with this healing salve, apply a small amount to the affected area and experience the moisturizing benefits of elderflowers and shea butter.
Enjoy your homemade organic elderflower healing salve with shea butter!
*Remember to do a patch test on a small skin area before using the salve more extensively, especially if you have sensitive skin or any known allergies.
To maintain the effectiveness of the organic elderflower healing salve, store it in a cool, dry place. Additionally, using the herbal salve within a year of its creation can help to maximize its healing properties.