We only sell products to be used externally. Every batch is made with comfrey, aloe vera, vitamin E, and oil. For the oil, we use either olive or coconut oil (which has very strong anti-viral properties) or a combination of both. Depending on the purpose of the product we often add beeswax. Once we’ve decided how we’re going to use each particular batch we add other beneficial herbs. Comfrey has been used for thousands of years both internally and externally, but we only sell products to be used externally.
INFUSING THE OIL
Gather the above items and any other desired herbs and oils together. There are two ways that I heat the herbs and oils to infuse them. The first way is to use a crockpot, while the second one is to use the stovetop. If using the stovetop it is beneficial to use a double boiler, but not necessary.
In the crockpot put your herbs on the bottom and completely cover them with the oil. Heat on low for about 8 hours. On the stovetop place chopped herbs in the pot and cover with oil. Lightly cover and cook on low for three hours.
Once your oil infusion is done drain the herbs from the oil. The oil can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. You can also divide it and make a salve by adding beeswax, make a tincture, or use it with Epsom salts for a great exfoliator.
If using essential oils, instead of fresh or dried herbs, do not add them until you are cooled your mixture. If you plan on adding beeswax do this AFTER you have melted the infusion and beeswax together and preparing to put it into sterilized glass jars. Heat will destroy the beneficial properties in essential oils.
After I drain the herbs I put them in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer for later. Once I have time I take them out and make small cheesecloth “packets” and put the mixture inside it and place it them back in the freezer. These are wonderful to place on sprains or sore achy muscles. The other name for comfrey is “bone-knit” (I encourage you to do some research on why this is its name). Between the herbs and the coldness of the packets, it is very soothing.
Combine the beeswax and oil in a saucepan. The beeswax should either be in beads or shaved from the block ahead of time. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly, till the wax is thoroughly melted.
A rule of thumb is to use 1/4 c. of beeswax per cup of oil.
Besides the main ingredients and depending on the purpose I add one or more of the following for its known topical properties:
- stimulates hair growth
- pain relief
- bug repellent
- stress relief
- increases circulation
- reduces joint inflammation
- Lemon Peel
- Orange Oil
- Peppermint (for lip balms)
- Fresh Oregano
- Lemon Grass
- softens skin
- Lemon Balm
- Citronella (for bug sprays)
- Tea Tree Oil:
- anti-fungal – use on acne and cold sores
- broad-spectrum antibacterial activity