How to Make Your Own Homemade First Aid Ointment
Did you have a chemistry set or a child’s bake set when you were young? Do you remember that sense of pride you had when you had created your masterpiece and couldn’t wait to show your parents or your friends? You can recreate that feeling by making your own herbal preparations! And not only is it fun to do, but you are actually making something extremely useful that promotes natural health. It’s one of the best kinds of creation there is.
I believe that one of the best herbal preparations to learn how to make and to always have on hand is comfrey ointment. I use mine almost every day for things like burns, dry skin, cuts, wrinkles, bruises, and insect bites. It’s also helpful for broken bones, rheumatism, varicose veins, muscular pain, gangrene, shingles, and many skin problems. Some people are hesitant to use comfrey because of misleading reports on it, which I address in my article here.
As for me, I use comfrey with confidence since I know its amazing track record goes back centuries, and it has admirably earned its nickname of ‘knitbone’ because it truly is a bona fide cell healer.
The other main ingredient in a comfrey ointment is beeswax, which holds its own in the natural healing world. It helps protect skin by keeping moisture in and harmful elements out. At the same time, it nourishes and softens the skin while providing some great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial elements. It’s clear why this would be helpful for healing cuts and a wide variety of other things.
Although many people like to use fresh comfrey leaves for their ointments, I think using dried leaves is best. The moisture in fresh leaves makes the ointment susceptible to rancidity and mold pretty quickly. Of course, if all you have is fresh leaves, by all means, use them, but also make sure to use the ointment up quickly. Between using comfrey leaves or comfrey root in your ointment, it’s better to use the leaves since they are easier to work with and do the healing job nicely when applied topically. The roots are even more powerful and are best used when there is a major injury.
The Nitty-Gritty of Making Homemade Comfrey Ointment
Ok, let’s have some hands-on fun! To make your own comfrey ointment, first gather your materials.
1-2 cups good quality organic extra virgin olive oil
About 10 ounces dried comfrey leaves (not an exact science)
4 ounces grated beeswax
Fine mesh strainer
Medium and large jar with lid
Containers, lids, and labels for cooled ointment
Now for the preparation:
The first thing you need to do is make an herbal oil. Put the dried comfrey leaves into the medium jar and fill the jar with the olive oil, leaving about 1/2 inch open at the top. Apply the lid tightly and put in the double boiler, covered with a tightly fitting lid. You’ll want about 2 inches of the jar above the water. Bring to a slow low simmer, and simmer slowly for up to an hour, checking very often to make sure the oil isn’t getting too hot. Very low heat (120 degrees or less) + right amount of time to simmer = good quality oil. (There are other ways to make an herbal oil, but this is the fastest).
Strain the oil into a larger jar through a fine mesh strainer. For every 7 ounces of the herbal oil you’re using, mix with 1 ounce of beeswax, and heat in the oven at 250 degrees until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat, whisk the mixture a little bit, and pour into containers to cool (in a cooler room) for 24 hours before putting on the lids. (It’s at this point when Julie added several drops of lavender oil to the comfrey ointment she made earlier this year.) Label and date the ointment and store in the refrigerator for up to three months.
I guarantee you that the sense of achievement you will feel when looking at your completed ointment will be worth it! And when the chance arrives to use it (which it will!), you will feel even more empowered and happy you took this next step towards medical preparedness!
Are you ready to get busy? Let us know how your comfrey ointment turned out and share your testimonials after using it!
Good luck and have fun!
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