Recipe for Honeysuckle Healing Salve

Honeysuckle salve

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

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

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.”

Benefits of Honeysuckle Salve

Honeysuckle has been used for skin benefits for inflammation, wounds, and itchy and dry skin.

How to Make Honeysuckle 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 salve recipe the first step is to pick the the fresh honeysuckle flowers.

honeysuckle flowers for honeysuckle salve

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

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

Dried honeysuckle
Dried honeysuckle

The next step for the diy honeysuckle salve is to make an infused oil with the dried flowers by steeping the honeysuckle in a carrier oil. The honeysuckle-infused oil is created by steeping dry honeysuckle flowers in a carrier oil of choice over a period of time. As the dry flowers infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in the dandelions 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 to a glass jar. I like to use a mason jar.

Dried honeysuckle added to a jar for honeysuckle salve
Dried honeysuckle added to a mason jar

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 infused oil to make honeysuckle salve

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 Salve

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

Once you have the strained honeysuckle 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.

stirring the beeswax and shea butter into the honeysuckle infused oil to make the honeysuckle salve

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.

pouring the salve into the tins for honeysuckle salve
tins of liquid honeysuckle salve

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

Honeysuckle salve

Enjoy!

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

I have made other flower and herbal homemade salves including  salve from purple nettlesalve made from lavender 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 salve

Honeysuckle Salve Recipe

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

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

Ingredients

  • Dried honeysuckle 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

Instructions

  1. Create the honeysuckle-infused oil with the dried honeysuckle 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

Notes

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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