Learn how to make your own DIY Calendula Comfrey Salve for minor scrapes and sore muscles. It’s the perfect all-purpose healing herbal salve to have on hand.
I’ve been creating different salves and creams like crazy lately! As much as I love my Sweet Orange Calendula Salve, I wanted to make something a little stronger for inflammation and swelling in muscles and joints.
Comfrey Leaf Benefits
Comfrey Leaf has become a bit of a controversial topic among herbalists and DIYer’s for it’s supposed link to liver problems when used internally. Now, I’m not 100% sure if that’s true, but I’m not going to take my chances.
However, used externally, it’s been proven to speed up healing and ease pain caused by inflammation and swelling. Some people claim it speeds up the recovery time for minor broken bones and joint pain associated with arthritis.
My Mother-in-Law was the first person who told me about the healing properties of comfrey leaf. As y’all know, I don’t believe in going overboard with herbalism. If you have a broken bone, go to the doctor. If you get bit by a snake, go to the doctor. You get the idea.
That being said, I’ve been using this salve on myself for the last 2 weeks or so, and there’s been a noticeable difference after applying it to sore, inflamed areas.
Could it be a placebo effect? Possibly. Several studies have been done that support the claims being made by herbalists everywhere about comfrey leaf. If you’re interested, here is an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
The conclusion states, “Several recent randomized clinical trials substantiate the efficacy of topical comfrey preparations in the treatment of pain, inflammation and swelling of muscles and joints in the case of degenerative arthritis, acute myalgia in the back, sprains, contusions and strains after sports injuries and accidents, also in children aged 3 and over.”
Comfrey Leaf is not recommended for use by pregnant women, even externally.
Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
DIY Calendula Comfrey Salve – All Purpose Healing Herbal Salve
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- 2/3 cup Comfrey Infused Oil (My favorites are Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil)
- 1/3 cup Calendula Infused Oil
- 1/3 cup Beeswax
- 2 tbsp Shea Butter
- 4 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1. Add comfrey infused oil, calendula infused oil, beeswax, and shea butter to a double boiler.
2. Heat on medium-high until completely melted.
3. Take the mixture off of heat and quickly add vitamin e oil and lavender essential oil.
4. Pour salve into jelly jars or small containers and allow to cool.
There you have it! Your DIY calendula comfrey salve is done! You can apply it to small cuts, scrapes, bruises, and minor broken bones (granted you have access to the area). Unlike calendula salve, this will actually help with sore muscles and bones, as opposed to only speeding up the healing process of abrasions.
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Have you ever made your own DIY Calendula Comfrey Salve before? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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