I made some skin creams using Christopher Hedley's basic cream recipe:
1oz base cream
1 teaspoon infused oil
2 teaspoons tincture
4 drops of essential oil
- Add the infused oil or oils if using a combination to the base cream and stir until it is all absorbed.
- Then add the tincture or tinctures if using a combination and stir again.
- Add the essential oil & stir in.
- Spoon into small jars with screw top lids & label.
I used Olive Tree Rich Cream Base from Baldwins herbal suppliers http://www.baldwins.co.uk/olive-tree-rich-base-cream for my base cream.
I made a soothing skin cream with 4oz base cream, 1 teaspoon Rose petal infused oil, 1 teaspoon Calendula infused oil, 1 teaspoon Marshmallow infused oil, 1 teaspoon of Elderflower infused oil, 4 teaspoons of Rose petal tincture & 4 teaspoons of Elderflower tincture. These are moisturising & soothing for dry skin. I didn't use essential oils, just infused oils.
I also made Rose & Elderflower skin cream using just Rose & Elderflower infused oils & tinctures in equal proportions.
Cream, oils & tinctures for Soothing Skin Cream
Rose & Elderflower Skin Cream
Back & Joint Salve
I made some Ginger double-infused oil by chopping up a large Ginger root into small chunks then dividing into 2 batches and putting the first batch in a small pan covered with Olive oil and heated over a slightly larger pan of water on a very low heat for 2 hours, then removed the first batch of Ginger and put in the second batch into the same oil to heat for another 2 hours, the oil was strained through a piece of muslin over a sieve into a jar and labelled.
I made a salve for soothing back & joint pain using:
3 fluid oz Meadowsweet infused oil - which has pain-relieving properties
3 fluid oz St John's Wort sun-infused oil - which relieves nerve pain
2 fluid oz Ginger oil - which is walming & soothing for inflamed joints
2 fluid oz Marshmallow oil - which is lubricating & soothing
1 oz chopped beeswax - which makes the salve set & has healing properties
This was heated in a small pan in a slightly larger pan of water on a low heat and stirred until the beeswax all melted. The salve was then poured into small jars and left to set then the lids were put on and the jars were labelled.
Making Ginger double-infused oil
Root Ginger infused oil
Back & Joint Salve
To mark the end of my first year of the herbwife apprenticeship and beginning of the next year I have taken stock of the remedies I have made over the past year and listed them all in an inventory. This will be useful to help me keep track of my growing pharmacopeia of remedies and to plan for remedies I need to make this year. I also made a list of the books I have read or used for reference over the last year. I already have some books lined up to read to continue to deepen my knowledge and appreciation of herbs as allies for health & well-being over this coming year.
Creams & salves in my bathroom cabinet
Oils, salves, flower essences & dried herbs
Tinctures & elixirs
Tinctures, elixirs, glycerites & preserves
I look forward to continuing to share my learning and reflections on my journey as a herbwife with my readers over the next year. Thanks for all the positive comments I have received over the past year, they are really appreciated. Please do post a comment if you want to know more about anything I have posted, I am happy to share information with others who share my interest in all things herbal.