This recipe for how to make white clover 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 white clover has healing benefits for the skin as discussed in this article.
About White Clover
A great thing about white clover blossoms is that they are abundant for a long period of time There are different species of clovers including crimson clover blossoms, red clover blossoms, sweet clover and white clover. For this recipe I used white clover which is very abundant in the early spring and on into the summer. It is easy to pick several cups of white clover flowers to make this salve.
White clover is a member of the legume family and like most legumes it fixes nitrogen in the soil. This allows the clover to make its own fertilizer and survive in places where many other plants cannot. Farmers use it for a cover crop because it makes soils more fertile, acting as a green manure. White clover flowers are also very attractive to bees.
It is exciting to learn about all the wild plants and wild blossoms that exist in our grassy lawn that is good for human consumption, have many medicinal uses, and help so many health conditions.
Benefits of White Clover for the Skin
White clover is said in this article to have healing properties for skin conditions such as treating wounds, sores and burns when applied to the skin.
Benefits of White Clover Salve
The white clover herbal salve, as stated in this article, can be used for external use for skin issues conditions and skin irritations such as to possible treat minor cuts, wounds, sores, and burns.
How to Make White Clover 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 is to pick the clover flower heads. Next is to dry the flowers or herbs. The drying process can include air drying by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and letting them dry for several days. The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting.
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 white clover flowers to a glass jar. I like to use mason jars. 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.
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 White Clover Salve
The next step is to strain the dried white clover from the infused oil.
Once you have the white clover 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 white clover 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 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 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.
Enjoy making and using this all purpose salve made from natural ingredients and 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, elderflower 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 sage, lilac and peony.
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- Dried white clover 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
- Create the white clover-infused oil with the dried elderflower blossoms and the carrier oil- See Notes
- Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
- Add the beeswax and shea butter
- Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
- Pour the liquid into 2 oz tins or jars
- Optional: Add essential oil of your choice, Add mica powder for color
- 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.