Recipe for Homemade Soothing Lavender Salve

lavender salve

This recipe for homemade soothing lavender salve is so easy and makes a delightful salve that can be used to sooth, heal and moisturize skin.

I grow my own herbs and flowers to make herbal salve recipes and other herbal remedies. Below is one of my small herb gardens with lavender. The lavender plant with little lavender buds is at the bottom right by the pole. My goal is to someday have fields of lavender!

herb garden

Benefits of Lavender for the Skin

Lavender can possibly provide benefits to the skin which are discussed in this article by Medical News Today. The article discusses that lavender has anti-inflammatory properties and is good for insect bites and bug bites and other minor skin irritations.

How to Make Lavender 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 lavender salve recipe first step is to pick the the lavender.

Next is to dry the lavender. The drying process can include air drying by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and letting lavender dry for several days. The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting to dry lavender.

lavender on a dehydrator tray

The next step for the diy lavender salve is to make an infused oil with the dried flower or herb by steeping the flower or herb in a carrier oil. The lavender-infused oil is created by steeping dry lavender flowers and leaves in a carrier oil of choice over a period of time. As the dry herbs or flowers infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in lavender are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Different kind 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 lavender to a glass jar. I like to use a mason jar.

dried lavender
dried lavender in a jar

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much lotion 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.

lavender oil infusion
lavender oil infusion

There are several options for making the infused oil:

Slow infusion: 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 Lavender Salve

The next step to make the homemade lavender salve is to strain the dried lavender from the infused oil.

Once you have the strained lavender 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.

Adding beeswax to the lavender-infused oil

Stir until the beeswax pellets and shea butter melt.

Stirring the lavender salve mixture

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. I added a a couple drops of lavender essential oil and a small amount of purple mica powder.

Pouring the lavender salve mixture into tins
Pouring the lavender salve mixture into tins
lavender salve mixture in tins
lavender salve mixture in tins

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

lavender salve set up in tins
lavender salve set up in tins


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

lavender salve
lavender salve

I have made other herbal salves including  salve from purple nettle 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 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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lavender salve

Lavender Salve Recipe

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

This recipe for homemade soothing lavender salve is so easy and makes a delightful salve that can be used to sooth, heal and moisturize skin.


  • Dried lavender leaves and 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 lavender-infused oil with the dried lavender leaves and blossoms 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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