By Ryan Collier, 8th grader
One of the products in our line is our healing salves. Healing salves are a topical, oil-based, soothing rub. A carrier oil is infused with herbs and then it's thickened with a bit of beeswax for easier use.
When we make salves, we first choose what type of oils we want to use. We make this decision by looking at the healing properties of each oil. Herbs have different healing properties, for example: comfrey is a great wound healer, calendula is good at soothing rashes and skin diseases, basil can soothe muscle aches, sage is very good at healing and stress reduction, rosemary is good at reducing pain and inflammation, chamomile can ease skin conditions and sores, lemon balm is very good at healing cold sores and cramps, thyme can be good at anti-inflammation, and peppermint can help relieve headaches and migraines.
Once the oils have been chosen we place the oil jar into hot water and mix the desired amount of beeswax into the jar. When all the wax has melted we can test the salve’s consistency by putting a small amount on a spoon and letting it cool. We then physically feel the salve to check for smoothness and tobe sure the oil and wax have come together. After we have the salve at the correct consistency, we can add essential oils which scent the salves. The mixture is then poured into the containers and left to firm up. Labels are then designed and placed in the containers. After this, the salves are ready to sell.
The middle school students would like to thank MaryAnn Sullivan for helping us make the salves and sharing her knowledge of herbs with us.