Last Updated on December 24, 2023 by Ellen Christian
Learn more about the benefits of rosemary salve for your skin. This rosemary salve recipe is helpful for minor skin irritations and is anti inflammatory.
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Rosemary Salve Benefits
Make a batch of this rosemary salve recipe and use it for minor skin infections and cracked skin. If you have rosacea, you may find the antioxidant properties in this homemade salve help reduce inflammation.
Rosemary, a common herb found in many kitchens, holds a treasure trove of beauty benefits that extend far beyond its culinary applications. Its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal ingredient in skincare products, particularly in salves, where it can work its magic on the skin.
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What is rosemary salve good for?
This rosemary salve is a perfect complement to your beauty regimen, particularly if your skin is prone to minor irritations or dryness. Not only does it soothe and nourish the skin, but it also provides a natural shield against environmental stressors. Give your skin the care it deserves with this simple yet effective rosemary salve.
What does rosemary do to your skin?
Rosemary is a wonderful friend to your skin. It’s full of antioxidants, the heroes that protect your skin from damage. These antioxidants work round the clock to keep your skin looking young, fresh, and bright. It’s like a secret guard, shielding your skin from harmful things in the air, like smoke and pollution.
But rosemary doesn’t stop there. It also has a soothing touch. If your skin is feeling dry or irritated, rosemary can offer some relief. It’s like a gentle hug for your skin, calming it down and making it feel better. Plus, its natural fragrance is a lovely bonus, leaving your skin smelling fresh and herbaceous. It’s a little gift from nature that makes a big difference in your beauty routine.
Best essential oils for rosemary salve
Choosing the right essential oils to pair with rosemary in your salve can enhance its skin-loving benefits. One great option is lavender essential oil, known for its calming and healing properties.
This oil is a popular choice in skincare for its ability to soothe skin irritations and promote a gorgeous, healthy glow. Check out these essential oils for beginners.
Another excellent partner for rosemary essential oil is tea tree oil. This oil is well-loved in the beauty world for its impressive antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help keep your skin clean and clear. When combined with the antioxidant-rich rosemary, these oils create a potent salve that nurtures your skin and keeps it looking its best.
Can I add Vitamin E oil?
Yes, you can add 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil to help preserve herbal salves. This is optional but Vitamin E has many benefits for your skin.
Other carrier oils to use
This homemade salve recipe uses coconut oil as the base. However, you could use olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, or even cocoa butter. Keep in mind that this may result in a softer salve.
If you want a vegan basic salve recipe, you can use candelilla wax instead of the beeswax pellets.
My salve is too hard or soft
For a firmer salve, use more beeswax. For a softer balm, use less beeswax.
Can I add dried herbs?
Yes, you can add dried herbs. Just keep in mind that if you want to use this for healing wounds, you may not want plant matter getting into the wound.
It is easier to use essential oils than it is to use dried or fresh herbs.
What containers should I use?
Herbal salve ingredients
I’ve used rosemary infused oil for several different purposes. I’ve linked below to the rosemary-infused oil I made for oral health.
1 cup rosemary-infused oil (coconut)
2 ½ tablespoons beeswax
20 drops of rosemary essential oil
vitamin E oil (optional)
Rosemary salve recipe directions
Add in the beeswax with the herb infused oil and heat in a double broiler on medium-low until fully melted. Alternatively, you can also microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted.
Remove from heat, then, add 20 drops of rosemary essential oil and mix thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into your 2 oz containers and let sit overnight or for a few hours until fully hard.
Once they are all hardened, you can put them on your skin or lips and enjoy! Keep it out of direct sunlight and in a dry place and they should last 6+ months.
Other rosemary salve benefits
Although this herbal salve works wonderfully for your complexion and many skin conditions, the antibacterial properties also make it a great choice for your first aid kit. You can also use it for lip care.
Rosemary oil has healing properties and medicinal properties as well. It’s an effective natural remedy that is often used for treating wounds.
You may want to try this calendula salve if you have eczema.
- 1 cup rosemary-infused coconut oil
- 2 ½ tablespoons beeswax
- 20 drops of rosemary essential oil
- double boiler or microwave
- Add in the beeswax with the coconut-infused oil and heat in a double broiler on medium-low until fully melted. Alternatively, you can also microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted.
- Then, add 20 drops of rosemary essential oil and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into your 2 oz containers and let sit overnight or for a few hours until fully hard.
- Once they are all hardened, you can put on your skin and enjoy! Keep them out of direct sunlight and in a dry place and they should last 6+ months.
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