During a recent journey to Richmond Riverside I collected a large bunch of marsh woundwort herb and decided to make a medicinal salve based on a Culpeper recipe. I had to make few changes to the ingredients but I was quite pleased with the results. As I have mentioned in my other post, marsh woundwort has very good healing properties due to its antiseptic and pain relieving action and probably could make a good substitute for Arnica flowers.
For the medicinal salve from marsh woundwort you will need:
Chop finely marsh woundwort into the small pieces and bruise it in the mortar with pestle until all the herbs will reduce in volume. Please note that the herb will produce an unpleasant smell but it is quite normal.
Set up a sauce pan with boiling water and place metal bowl over it, place bruised marsh woundwort into the bowl and add 300ml of almond oil just enough to cover herbs. Switch on low heat and leave it for 3 hours.
After 3 hours, extract the oil through sieve and add 30gr of beeswax (I added 16g because I have run out of beeswax but that has worked as well). Make sure that all the water bubbles have evaporated. Melt the beeswax in the oil, and place into a sterile and clean container to cool down.
Use it as required. Store in the dark and cool place.
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