What are the Different Types of Herbal Salve?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Lavender is a common addition to herbal salves.
Lavender is a common addition to herbal salves.

There are a number of kinds of herbal salve that are intended as topical ointments for ailments of the skin and muscles. Some salves are even used for aromatherapeutic purposes. The most common herbal salves are used to treat abrasions to the skin and dry skin. Most salves are made with beeswax, olive oil, or a combination of the two emollients. Some are even made with petroleum jelly. The differences in the uses of the salves have to do with the herbs and essential oils that are mixed in with the base emollients.

An herbal salve can be made with comfrey to treat eczema.
An herbal salve can be made with comfrey to treat eczema.

Herbal salve made with comfrey is a good first aid salve as it helps to soothe burns, reduce swelling and helps to accelerate the closing of wounds and the healing of bodily tissues. It can also be used to treat eczema. Salve made with tea tree oil, which is also sometimes called melaleuca oil is also a good herbal salve to have in a first aid kit. Tea tree offers antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can be important for skin that has been broken or cut. For deep cuts, of course, it is important to seek the care and advice of a medical professional.

Some herbal salves are made with petroleum jelly.
Some herbal salves are made with petroleum jelly.

Lavender is often used in salves for its aromatherapeutic properties. It is often used to help cure sleeplessness and insomnia. It is also sometimes combined with chamomile, which has similar effects. This herbal salve can be applied to the temples and chest to assist with sedation and relaxation. It can be used by both adults and children before bed time in order to make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Lavender herbal salve may be used to help treat insomnia.
Lavender herbal salve may be used to help treat insomnia.

Salve made with eucalyptus oil is used to loosen phlegm in the chest and clear nasal passages and the sinuses. Herbal salve made with eucalyptus is commonly used during cold and flu season to help ease the symptoms of these illnesses and speed up recovery. Eucalyptus is also often used to help cure bronchitis, chest infections, and pneumonia.

Herbal salves can be purchased from myriad companies that specialize in remedies made with essential oils, herbal remedies, skin care, and aromatherapeutic products. They can also be made at home. This is especially useful for people who like to grow their own herbs or collect them from nearby green spaces or wooded areas. There are a number of recipes for salves that vary in terms of the consistency of the end product.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

You might also Like

Discuss this Article

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • Lavender is a common addition to herbal salves.
      By: Kimberly Reinick
      Lavender is a common addition to herbal salves.
    • An herbal salve can be made with comfrey to treat eczema.
      By: kez53
      An herbal salve can be made with comfrey to treat eczema.
    • Some herbal salves are made with petroleum jelly.
      By: blueee
      Some herbal salves are made with petroleum jelly.
    • Lavender herbal salve may be used to help treat insomnia.
      By: bramgino
      Lavender herbal salve may be used to help treat insomnia.