Honeysuckle Rose Salve Recipe

honeysuckle rose salve

This homemade natural honeysuckle rose salve recipe is so easy to make and results in a salve with many healing properties.

This salve captures the essence of two of my favorite flowers – roses and honeysuckle.

Both of the flowers bloom so freely and have an intoxicating fragrance. Here is a picture I took of one of my rose bushes yesterday.

rose bush for honeysuckle rose salve

Honeysuckle is very prolific in the late spring and early summer. The honeysuckle blossoms are very delicate flowers and the scent of honeysuckle is so fragrant. I have wild honeysuckle growing in various places in my yard. Honeysuckle is considered invasive and does seem to pop up everywhere.

honeysuckle bush for honeysuckle salve

Roses and honeysuckle, like so many flowers, herbs, weeds, plants in general, can provide many benefits, both internally and externally applied to the skin. Both are used in many skin care recipes and formulations.

Benefits of Rose Flowers

Rose petals have so many health benefits in general. I included the health benefits in my rose petal jelly recipe. For additional discussion of the health benefits, this is a good article.

As stated in the articles, rose petals are known to be good for the skin, have possible anti-stress and anti-depression properties, possibly help ease menstrual pain and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. It is amazing what roses and other wild flowers and plants can do!

Benefits of Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is reported to have many health benefits as described in this article on the Dr. Axe website and this article on RxList which states:

“Honeysuckle is used for digestive disorders including pain and swelling (inflammation) of the small intestine (enteritis) and dysentery; upper respiratory tract infections including colds, influenza, swine flu, and pneumonia; other viral and bacterial infections; swelling of the brain (encephalitis); fever; boils; and sores. Honeysuckle is also used for urinary disorders, headache, diabetesrheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. Some people use it to promote sweating, as a laxative, to counteract poisoning, and for birth control.

Honeysuckle is sometimes applied to the skin for inflammation and itching, and to kill germs.”

How to Make a Honeysuckle Rose Salve

To make salves, lip balm, lotions and lotion bars, you need to start with an infused oil.

How to Make an Infused Oil

To make the honeysuckle rose salve recipe the first step is to pick the the fresh honeysuckle and rose flowers. Separate the rose petals from the flower.

honeysuckle flowers in a bowl for honeysuckle rose salve
Rose petals for honeysuckle rose salve
Rose petals

Next is to dry the flowers. The drying process can include air drying by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and letting the flowers dry for several days.

The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting to dry.

Dried rose and honeysuckle flowers to make honeysuckle rose infused oil for honeysuckle rose salve

The next step for the diy honeysuckle rose salve is to make an infused oil with the dried flowers by steeping the dried honeysuckle and rose flowers in a carrier oil over a period of time. As the dried flowers infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in the flowers are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Different kinds of oils can be used including sweet almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil, sweetgrass oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.

Add the dried honeysuckle and rose to a glass jar. I like to use a pint mason jar.

Dried honeysuckle and rose flowers in a pint mason jar for making honeysuckle rose salve

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much salve or other items that you want to make. You will add about twice as much oil as your dried flowers or herbs. For example, you can add the flowers or herbs to a pint jar about halfway and then fill the jar almost to the top. If you want less, you can fill the jar about 1/4 up with herbs and then 1/2 way with oil. Also, you can make more than you plan to use for now and save the additional oil for later.

honeysuckle rose infused oil

There are several options for making the oil infusion:

Slow infusion method: Just add the lid to the jar and put it away in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar every once in a while. You can also put the jar in direct sunlight for a couple weeks to infuse the oil.

Fast double boiler method: Place the jar in a saucepan of a couple inches of hot water and heat the water on low for about 2 hours. Or add the oil and dried herbs or flowers to a double boiler pan and let it simmer but not boil for 1 to 2 hours.

Fast crockpot method: Add your dried herbs or flowers and oil to the crockpot, make sure that the oil covers the herbs. Heat the oil slowly and keep the crockpot on warm. Try to keep the temp between 120-130 F. Let it heat for several hours.

Making the Honeysuckle Rose Salve

The next step to follow these easy instructions to make the homemade honeysuckle rose salve. First, strain the dried honeysuckle rose flowers from the infused honeysuckle rose oil.

Once you have the strained honeysuckle rose oil-infusion, add the desired amount to a double boiler, with a small saucepan, then add the beeswax and shea butter. My measurements are 1 cup infusion oil to 2 Tbsp. beeswax and 1 Tbsp. shea butter. I used 1/2 cup infusion oil to 1 Tbsp. beeswax and 1/2 Tbsp. shea butter for the lavender salve. It made 2 2-oz tins. A lot of recipes for salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements and the salve turned out great.

Stir until the beeswax pellets and shea butter melt.

When the beeswax and shea butter are melted, pour the mixture, which will be in liquid form, into 2- ounce tin or 2 ounce jars. Option is to add essential oils or scents and also to add mica powder for color.

Let the salve set and set up. It does not take very long for it to harden.

honeysuckle rose salve


Enjoy making and using your own honeysuckle rose salve made from natural ingredients. It is very easy to make small batches of these salves from simple ingredients. The wonderful salve would also make a lovely gift!

I have made other flower and herbal homemade salves including  salve from purple nettlesalve made from lavender, honeysuckle salve and a salve made from sage and also peony salveelderflower salvewhite clover salveyarrow salve and lilac salve from flowers. I have also made some flower and herbal lotion bars including lotion bars from rose petals and lotion bars from sagelilac and peony.

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com to learn more and for additional made from nature recipes, such as my flower jellies including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipe peony jelly and apple blossom recipe.

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honeysuckle rose salve

Honeysuckle Rose Salve Recipe

Yield: 4 2-oz tins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This homemade natural honeysuckle rose salve recipe is so easy to make and results in a salve with many healing properties.


  • Dried honeysuckle and rose flowers and a Carrier Oil, which can include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil, to make your infused oil
  • 1 cup of the infused oil
  • 2 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp. shea butter
  • Optional: Essential oil of your choice
  • Optional: Mica Powder for Color


  1. Create the honeysuckle rose infused oil with the dried honeysuckle fand rose flowers and the carrier oil- See Notes
  2. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
  3. Add the beeswax and shea butter
  4. Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
  5. Pour the liquid into 2 oz tins or jars
  6. Optional: Add essential oil of your choice, Add mica powder for color
  7. Let the salve set up


There are several methods for creating the infused oil which are described in the article.

This recipe makes 4 2-oz tins. I cut the recipe in half and made 2 2 -oz tins.

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