Recipe for How to Make Soothing Rosemary Herbal Salve

rosemary salve with rosemary leaf

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

Rosemary is a member of the mint family, an aromatic family of herbs that includes lavender, basil, myrtle, mint, oregano, and sage.

I grew rosemary in my herb garden, but below is a picture of a rosemary plant I recently purchased. I bought several herb plants online to try to get a head start on my herb garden this spring.

rosemary plant for rosemary salve

Benefits of Rosemary for the Skin

Rosemary is known to potentially have several health and skin benefits. This article from Healthline discusses that rosemary oil may reduce joint inflammation, pain relief, relieve dry skin and other skin conditions, increase circulation and repel certain bugs.

Rosemary is a versatile herb with many possible positive effects on the skin, which is why it is an ingredient in many creams and salves.

How to Make Rosemary 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 rosemary salve recipe first step is to pick the the rosemary.

Rosemary leaves in a bowl for rosemary salve

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

rosemary drying on paper plate for rosemary salve

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

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

Dried rosemary added to jar for rosemary 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.

Rosemary infused oil for making rosemary salve

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 Rosemary Salve

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

Once you have the strained rosemary 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 pellets to rosemary infused oil to make rosemary salve

Stir until the beeswax pellets and shea butter melt.

stirring the beeswax pellets and shea butter into the rosemary infused oil to make rosemary 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 infused oil mixture into tins to make rosemary salve
rosemary infused oil mixture poured into tins to harden into rosemary salve

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

rosemary salve set up in the tin


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

rosemary salve with rosemary leaf

I have made other herbal salves including  salve from purple nettle, salve 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.

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rosemary salve with rosemary leaf

Rosemary Salve Recipe

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

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


  • Dried rosemary leaves 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 rosemary-infused oil with the dried rosemary leaves 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

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