Did you know you can make your own herbal salve… in the Instant Pot?!
Yes, you read that right.
The Instant Pot is the perfect tool for making a handmade salve. The process is even mostly hands-free — giving you more time for all of your other projects.
The recipe requires 2 simple steps. First, you make an herb-infused oil. Second, you make an herbal salve. That's really it!
Here's how to make an herbal salve in the Instant Pot!
- about 1 ounce herb(s) of choice (see below for ideas)
- about 1¼ cups olive oil
- Mason jar(s) small enough to fit in Instant Pot
- Fill Mason jar about ½ full of dried herb of choice.
- Add olive oil to cover the herb by at least 1 inch. For an herbal salve, you need 1 cup of finished oil, so make sure to cover the herb with at least 1¼ cups of olive oil.
- If you chose multiple herbs, repeat the steps above for the others. The 6-quart Instant Pot fits at least 3 Mason jars at a time, depending on their size.
- Place the jar(s), uncovered, in the Instant Pot and secure the lid.
- Put the Instant Pot on the yogurt setting and set the time for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours. The longer the time, the more potent the finished oil.
- When time is complete, strain herbs out of the oil using a fine strainer and/or cheesecloth. Gently press the herbs to get as much oil out as possible.
- Use the herbal oil by itself, or continue to Step #2 to make it into an herbal salve!
- Fill Instant Pot with about 2 inches of water.
- Choose the Slow Cook setting and set the timer for 30 minutes.
- Pour oil into a Pyrex measuring cup or Mason jar.
- Stir in the beeswax.
- Place the measuring cup or jar into Instant Pot, being careful not to get any water into the oil. Do not cover the Instant Pot.
- Stir the mixture periodically until all of the beeswax has melted. Mine usually takes somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes.
- When the beeswax is fully melted, put a few drops of the oil mixture onto a piece of wax paper to check the consistency.
- Let it cool for a minute or two. If the consistency is too hard, add a little more oil. If it's too soft, add a little more beeswax.
- Once you're happy with the consistency, remove measuring cup or Mason jar from the Instant Pot.
- Add essential oils, if using.
- Immediately pour into cosmetic jars.
- Leave to cool.
- Once cool, put the lids on the jars. They are now ready to use!
Commonly Used Herbs
- Arnica flowers
- Calendula (my favorite)
- Chamomile flowers
- Dandelion flowers
- Plantain leaf
- Yarrow flowers
Did you know you could make an herbal salve in the Instant Pot? Have you tried it?
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