This gentle salve for chapped hands, skin inflammations, wounds, and hemorrhoids is very easy to make. Eucalyptus has a powerful aroma that you either love or hateyou may leave it out if you wish.
25 g St. Johns wort flowers
20 g marigold (Calendula officinalis) flowers
Olive oil, to cover
White petroleum jelly - 2 parts to 1 part of oil
Eucalyptus essential oil (optional)
1. Put the St. Johns wort and marigold flowers in a jar and cover with the olive oil. Allow to stand in a cool place for 1 week and then strain through cheesecloth.
2. Melt the petroleum jelly using a double boiler. Add 1 part of the oil made above to 2 parts of melted petroleum jelly. Stir while coolingyou can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil at this stage if you like. Pour into a sterilized glass jar before the ointment solidifies.
USE: Gently rub into the affected area 3 or 4 times a day when needed
STORAGE: Keeps for at least 6 months in the refrigerator.
Recipe courtesy of Grow Your Own Drugs, by James Wong (Readers Digest Books, 2009 Silver River Productions Limited. All rights reserved.)
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