Recipe for How to Make Homemade Lilac Salve

lilac salve

This recipe for how to make lilac salve is an easy-to-make useful flower salve. Making salves from flowers, herbs and other plants and weeds is a fun beneficial activity. This salve made from lilacs can have many benefits including moisturizing and toning the skin.

Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers and I love my one lone lilac shrub when it blooms every spring! It was one of the first things I planted when I moved here about 20 years ago and is still blooming strong! Not only are lilac shrubs beautiful but the scent of lilac is amazing.

Lilac Bush
Lilac Bush
Lilac Flowers
Lilac flowers

Benefits of Lilacs for the Skin

Lilacs can have benefits and be good for the skin. According to this article, lilacs can be good for many skin ailments including fungus and acne and also contain astringent properties, can help tighten the skin, make pores appear smaller, and tone the skin. 

Benefits of Lilac Salve

According to this article, lilac salve can be used on your skin for many benefits, including dry and itchy skin, acne, sunburn, and helping tighten and tone the skin. It can be used for any skin type.

How to Make Lilac Salve

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

How to Make an Infused Oil

The first step to make an oil infusion is to dry the flowers or herbs. You can let the plants air dry by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and let them dry for several days. The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting.

I used my dehydrator to dry the fresh lilac blossoms.

lilacs in dehydrator for lilac salve
Lilacs in dehydrator
Dried lilac for lilac salve recipe
Dried lilac flowers

The next step is to make an infused oil with the dried flower or herb by steeping the flower or herb in a 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 lilac flowers to a glass jar. The amount of oil you want will depend on how much lotion 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.

lilac infusion after 6 weeks
Lilac oil infusion after 6 weeks

There are several options for making the infused oil:

Slow option: 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 Lilac Salve

The next step is to strain the dried lilac from the infused oil.

Once you have the lilac infusion without the flowers, add the desired amount to a double boiler, 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 lilac 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.

Lilac salve adding beeswax
Adding beeswax
Lilac salve adding shea butter
Adding shea butter

Stir until the beeswax and shea butter melt.

lilac salve stirring
Stirring until the beeswax and shea butter melt

When the beeswax and shea butter are melted, pour the mixture, which will be in liquid form, into 2- ounce tins or glass jars. Option is to add essential oils or scents and also to add mica powder for color. I added lilac scent and used purple mica powder (about 1/16 tsp).

pouring lilac salve into tins
Pouring lilac salve into tins
lilac salve not set up
After pouring the liquid lilac salve into tins

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

lilac salve set up in tins
Lilac salve set up in the tins


Enjoy making and using this salve made from natural ingredients and medicinal flowers. It is very easy to make small batches of these salves. I plan to continue to explore making salves, balms, lotions, and other similar items from plants and flowers found in nature and also from herbs and flowers that I grow.

I have made a couple of herbal salves including  salve from purple nettle and a salve made from sage and also peony salve and elderflower salve from flowers. I have also made some flower and herbal lotion bars including lotion bars from rose petals and lotion bars from sage 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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lilac salve

Lilac Salve Recipe

Yield: 4 2-0z tins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This recipe for how to make lilac salve is an easy-to-make useful flower salve. Making salves from flowers, herbs and other medicinal plants and weeds is a fun beneficial activity. This salve made from lilacs has many benefits including moisturizing and toning the skin.


  • Dried lilac 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 lilac-infused oil with the dried lilac 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.

4 thoughts on “Recipe for How to Make Homemade Lilac Salve

    1. Sorry, as the Note says the instructions on how to make an infused oil are in the body of the article. You add the dried lilac (or other herb or flower) to a carrier oil, such as sunflower, olive or almond oil. You add about twice as much oil as dried lilacs. There are several methods for infusing the oil described. Two fast methods are using a crockpot or double boiler. The slow method is putting the oil in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks.

  1. Hi, this sounds very interesting fun. Will the salve smell like lilac if I do not add essential oil? Thanks so much!

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