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The following video by Rickvanman explains how to make herbal creams. This video is a part of his “Herbalism Basics” on YouTube.
In the video, Rick describes how to easily make your own herbal creams right at home! Unlike salves or ointments that tend to sit on top of the skin, creams are easily absorbed and work better with the skin.
Creams consist of 50% oil and 50% water. Ordinarily oil and water do not mix, so you must include an ingredient called an emulsifying agent, which allows the two ingredients to blend together. For example, when making mayonnaise, egg yolk acts as the emulsifier for vinegar and oil. Rick tells us that the best emulsifying agent for herbal creams is beeswax. It is a safe and natural product with healing properties that add to the cream’s natural health benefits.
Just like with anything else, some people can have reactions to certain herbs, so when you are trying an herbal remedy for the first time, it is recommended to try out a small amount and give it some time to make sure you don’t have a reaction. Also, if you’re pregnant, herbalism can potentially cause some complications, so make sure to consult a doctor before trying anything.
How to Make Herbal Cream
- Infused oil preparation
- Water based herbal preparation (such as a decoction or an infusion)
- Any tinctures or essential oils you wish to add
- 1 ounce beeswax
- Measure 1 of infused oil preparation
- Measure 1 cup of water based preparation
- Gently warm infused oil prep in a double boil or in a glass bowl suspended over the boiling water in a sauce pan
- Add 1 ounce of beeswax
- Continuously stir the oil as it heats up and allow the beeswax to melt
- Once the beeswax is melted into the oil, turn off the heat and give it a good stir
- Pour the oil into the bowl
- Allow the oil to cool to lukewarm before you proceed
- Once the temperature has dropped, add any desired essential oils and tinctures
- Using a hand blender, wand, or whisk, start mixing the oil
- Meanwhile, pour in the water preparation very slowly
- You will see the oil and water start to combine
- Once you finish blending, just put the product into jars and you’re finished!
Some quick “How to Make Herbal Cream Tips” from Rick:
It is best to protect the jars from heat and keep the herbal cream in the refrigerator. The shelf life will vary based on the ingredients, but the general rule of thumb is three months if refrigerated, three weeks if not refrigerated. If the cream contains an alcohol tincture, it will likely last a longer.
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