Homemade Peppermint Salve for Dry Skin

By Melissa Norris | essential oils

Nov 19

Anyone else have hands that feel like sand paper? Seriously, I’ve contemplated just sticking both hands into my bottle of olive oil if only the opening was large enough. Thankfully, Sarah is sharing her awesome recipe with us today for a homemade peppermint salve for dry skin for our poor dried out winter hands. I can’t wait to try this out!

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Homemade Peppermint Salve for Dry Winter Skin

Got dry winter skin? The store bought lotions never really moisturize, plus they have chemicals.. This Homemade Peppermint Salve has natural herbs and ingredients and smells like Christmas! Can't wait to put this in a few stockings... my own, too.

Do you know someone who suffers from extremely dry skin in the winter? This homemade peppermint salve for dry skin is the perfect antidote.

Back when I was trying to figure out my son’s food allergies, I tried all kinds of creams and lotions to soothe his eczema. I knew I wanted to have something free of artificial and chemical ingredients. I tried out a recipe by Elizabeth Foss and was in heaven! I made an extra large batch and gave it out as presents to friends. Some of them even asked if they could buy more!

This salve is my version with a few tweaks for simplicity. It’s so easy to make and creates a special homemade gift your friends will love.

Peppermint not only smells great, but it also helps support the bodies response to inflammation, which is perfect for irritated skin. The other 3 herbs in this recipe (calendula, plantain and chamomile) are also prized for their ability to support the bodies response to irritated skin.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Homemade Salve Ingredients

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DIY Peppermint Hand Salve for Dry Winter Skin

Makes approximately 14 oz.

Equipment
Small crockpot or small pot

Strainer

Ingredients
16 oz. olive oil
1.8 oz. beeswax granules (Melissa here-I purchase my beeswax and dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs *affiliate link)

Dried herbs
½ c Peppermint
¼ c Calendula
¼ c Plantain
¼ c Chamomile

Optional- 30 to 40 drops peppermint essential oil-note: peppermint essential oil is considered a warm oil and can tingle on the skin. The oil in this recipe is diluted, but use with care on broken skin. You can also use lavender essential oil, too.

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3 Vitamin E capsules

Small containers (these metal jars  *affiliate link are adorable but anything leak-proof will do). I recycled a few tiny eye shadow tubs into a great portable size that I can keep in my purse. I love these wide-mouthed small Mason jars *affiliate link as they make dipping in easier and can be used to can up goodies later.

Homemade salve process

Instructions

  1. Add your herbs and olive oil to your crockpot or pot and turn on low. If using a pot on the stove or if your crockpot runs hot, be very careful that your herbs don’t burn. Burned herbs = stinky salve! Ick! Let the herbs simmer on very low heat all day.
  2. At the end of the day, strain out the herbs. Put the oil back into the crockpot or pot. Toss the spent herbs in your compost pail.
    Add beeswax granules and peppermint oil. Pierce the capsules of vitamin E and add the contents as well. Stir until the beeswax melts.
  3. Pour into containers and let cool. If you wait too long to pour the salve and it has hardened, you can always gently warm it again and then pour.

Homemade Peppermint Salve

The salve is a dark green when hot but it will lighten as it cools to a yellow-green.

Once your salve is done you can turn your attention back to the dishes that may have piled up in your sink! Even the most efficient kitchen turns into a mess now and then 🙂

Tips for making homemade salve

For easy cleaning, wipe out your pot while it’s still warm and before the drips that are left behind have firmed up.

This recipe comes out with a fairly soft consistency. If you’d like a firmer salve, you can use a full 2 oz. of beeswax.

Homemade Peppermint Salve

Where to buy these supplies

You can get these herbs and oils at your local health food store. If you have the time to wait on shipping, it’s much more affordable to order your supplies online. Mountain Rose Herbs has excellent dried herbs, quality oils and a beautiful selection of containers.

DIY Homemade Peppermint Salve

Pretty packaging

A pretty container takes this salve from everyday to something special. You can get creative – pint mason jars topped with a colorful fabric square, vintage metal tins and simple round tins tied with a pretty ribbon are all great options.

This salve won’t cure food allergies, but it does soothe eczema and parched winter skin. It’s so easy to make and it makes a thoughtful handmade Christmas gift.

Have you ever made homemade salve? What’s your favorite blend of herbs?

Sarah Mueller is a blessed wife to an amazing man and busy mother to 4 boys. She writes at Early Bird Mom about keeping your family intentional and organized. Make sure to download her latest subscriber printable, 10 Easy Ways to Start Organizing (even when you don’t feel like it).

About the Author

Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.

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