Moisturizing Gardener’s Salve

March 13th 2018

By Mountain Rose Herbs

Spring is a joyous time in the Willamette Valley. The sun shines more often than not. Crocuses, daffodils, and tulips burst forth and the garden begins to call. Unfortunately, weeding, planting and pruning can quickly take a toll on hands that have been tucked in warm pockets during winter storms. Particularly, if like us, you tend to toss your gloves aside to feel the earth between your fingers. After a long day of playing in the dirt, there is nothing like an herbal salve to help rejuvenate our dry and tired hands.

Sharing our love of dirt under your fingernails isn’t required to enjoy this recipe! The herbs and oils we’ve chosen for this soothing salve are wonderful for anyone with parched or overworked hands.

Soothing Gardener’s Salve Recipe
Yields two 4 oz. tins



Two to four weeks before making your salve infuse your herbal oils.

  1. Fill your first 7 oz. pantry jar 3/4 full with organic arnica flowers and a second 1/2 full with organic ginger root.
  2. Fill both jars with organic olive oil ensuring herbs are completely covered.
  3. Close jars and place them in a sunny window to infuse for two to four weeks.
  4. Strain oils using a strainer or several layers of cheesecloth and set oils aside.

To make the Gardener’s Salve

  1. Combine beeswax pastilles and infused oils in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler place a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  2. Stir until the beeswax has melted.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and add organic essential oils, organic rosehip seed oil, and vitamin E oil.
  4. Stir to combine, and pour mixture into tins. Work quickly to avoid the beeswax solidifying!
  5. Allow salve to cool completely and store with lid on in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, salves can last for 2-3 years.

Looking to speed up the infusion process? You can heat-infuse the organic olive oil, or use our ready-to-go solar infused organic Arnica Herbal Oil.