One ounce of beeswax Medicinal herbs: A beginners guide. So I say “the RIGHT way” with a bit of sarcasm because I don’t really believe there’s one “right” way to do anything in herbalism. Two parts dried calendula Many of us in the herbal community share a passion for seeking out natural homemade remedies. Take care not to splash water into your oil/herb infusion. 2.5 ounces pure organic cane or grain alcohol Once complete, you can simply rub fingers over the top of your salve and then spread over the desired area on the body, avoiding the eyes. Links to external sites are for informational purposes only. But it undoubtedly was! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Place three layers of cheesecloth over top of a funnel or atop a bowl. You can find more methods for creating making herbal infusions here. Information offered on Herbal Academy websites is for educational purposes only. Meadowsweet herb: Queen of the meadow. How To Make An Usnea Tincture The RIGHT Way. Usnea can be applied either externally, or internally. Today Usnea is used for infections o… Photos by Lena. Creating an herbal oil infusion can be completed through the double boiler method: Another method for making an infusion is called solar infusion. But, you can also make your own. You can compost the remaining herbs in the cheesecloth. The specific indications were for infections with signs of heat and dampness: redness, yellow pus, fast pulse, etc. And there’s nothing much better than beeswax, but you can also use carnauba wax or candelilla wax (both plant-based). 4 ounces water. Step 2: Add wax to make your salve solid. The skin is one of the largest gateways on the body to receive the actions of the plants. The Herbal Academy supports trusted organizations with the use of affiliate links. 15-20 drops of roman chamomile essential oil to relax, One cup of coconut oil We are not only studying plant’s actions individually but also how to create vehicles for these herbs to work together with the body. If you would like to play with your own mixture, it is highly recommended to research the actions and energetics of herbs. In Chinese Medicine several types of Usnea were used. And, a walk through the woods might be all you need to find the main ingredient. Pour the individual ingredients, except the beeswax and the essential oil, one at a time, into a clear measuring cup. It can be developed into various forms, such as the following: 1. cough lozenges 2. a tincture or extract 3. mouthwash to gargle with, by mixing water with a usnea tincture 4. a salve for wound dressing, to apply externally Some of the above forms can be found in a health store. Learn more about herbs and how to use them as medicine and as food. Super Side Note! Salve Application. Once drained, gather the cheesecloth with your clean, dry hands and squeeze out the remaining oil. Pour the infused oils over the cheesecloth to strain the oil and keep herbs separated. de la Floret, Rosalee. This article is written by Lena Yakubowski, yoga teacher and herbal student. Once the beeswax and oil have combined, pour the mixture into jars. One of the best ways to receive the benefits of herbs as well as alleviate dry skin is through the creation of a healing salve. Add 1-2 ounces of wax per cup of infused oil. Usnea typically isn’t one I make into salve because it’s so woody, but if you do make it into an oil infusion, I would leave it for longer than the normal 6-8 weeks to make sure the woodiness of it has enough time to start breaking down and extraction to take place. However, today’s discussion focuses on its use for respiratory problems and support and how to make … (2013). This has been shared on one of my favorite Blog Hops: Your email address will not be published. This time of year, dryness, and irritation can be prevalent due to the weather’s icy bite and moisture-sapping indoor heat. The Herbal Academy makes neither medical claim, nor intends to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Readers must do their own research concerning the safety and usage of any herbs or supplements. Or, if you are using coconut oil, you can tie off the cheesecloth with a rubber band or string and place it into a steaming bath for moisturizing and soul-awakening deliciousness. Usnea preparations make use of the whole plant and can be used for a variety of health concerns including sore throats, athlete’s foot, acne, pain, fever, and wound healing. One part dried meadowsweet North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing. These vehicles have names like a healing salve, tincture, infusion, decoction, and many more. Place your herbal salves in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to determine the solidification of the salve. Gladstar, R. (2012). One ounce of beeswax Before a certain time period all lichens were referred to as the same herb, so it’s hard to distinguish how usnea in particular was used. However, I do believe in trying different things out and learning from mentors. For the suggestions recommended above, here are the homemade salve recipes below. Place herbs and oil in Pyrex container or smaller pot, over top of a large pot with water about  ¼ full. Herbal Academy. For the recipes provided today, here is some brief information on the herbal actions indicated. If you are interested in studying herbalism, start your journey in the Online Introductory Herbal Course or in the Online Intermediate Herbal Course. One part dried rose The recipe I used is as follows: Ratio of herb to liquid as weight to volume – 1:5 whether fresh or dried (That is NOT the same for all herbs) 1 ounce fresh or dried usnea, chopped up. Herbal First Aid, Herbal Academy of New England’s Medicine Making Handbook. We use cookies on our website to analyze traffic patterns, for general housekeeping purposes, and to provide relevant product advertisements to you. Bummer... Herbal Blends For Anxiety, Insomnia And More. 15-20 drops of grapefruit essential oil to uplift. One part dried calendula Use this opportunity, after a bath or whenever you are using your salves, to mindfully take time for yourself or your loved one and massage any worries or tension away. Vary the amount of wax based on how hard you want your finished salve to be. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! When looking for usnea lichen to make your own remedies, you can often find i… One of the hidden benefits of salves is that they can make wonderful massage oils. One cup of olive oil Once you have completed your oil infusion, remove from heat and set aside. It’s difficult for us to know how this particular herb was used in European history. Sign up for the Herbal Academy Newsletter, and we'll send you a free ebook. Using less beeswax will yield a more creamy salve, and more generous usage will yield a harder salve. One part lavender In this method, place herbs and oil in a sealed Mason jar and then position the jar in a sunlit area for 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately these cookies do not contain chocolate chips and you can't eat them. Then check your email to find a welcome message from our Herbal Academy team with a special link to download our "Herbal Tea Throughout The Seasons" Ebook! (2013). Learning how to make a healing salve is just one of the first things beginners learn in herbalism. Place your shaved beeswax in a pan over low heat, and pour the infused oil over top and melt together. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Please add your email address below and click "Submit" to add yourself to our mailing list. In the Online Intermediate Herbal Course, we study plant energetics and their actions.