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Making salve products fits perfectly with a homesteading sort of a lifestyle.

Salves are simple, basic and way less chemical-intensive than lotion-type products. You're much less likely to poison yourself with properly made salves.

Salves are mixtures of oils, butters and waxes. If you get the right proportions of each, you can get just the feel to the finished product that you want.

<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="making herbal salves" align="left" hspace="10"></a>We have a <a href="">book</a> that shows how to make salves easily. Click on the picture to the left! :D

You can incorporate herbs and essential oils into the products. You can even use aromatherapy principles in designing these salves.

Some of the ingredients can come from your own gardens or fields, or from those of a neighbor.

These products are used to treat all sorts of medical conditions too, and have been used this way for a long time.

Now consider lotions... Lotions are water and oil emulsions. When you mix water and oils you build the perfect medium for growing bacteria and other life forms. To prevent that from getting out of control, manufacturers of lotions MUST incorporate anti-microbial preservatives. Therein lies the problem. These preservatives then end up on your porous skin.

Is that a good thing? Many people don't think so.

  • So salves are simple products.
  • They are easy and inexpensive to make.
  • Making salves is fun.
  • They can be used as part of a healthy lifestyle approach.
  • Salves work like lotions, but without the chemical preservatives.
  • Lip balms are a form of salves and are they ever popular!
What's more...

People will buy salve products.

Consider making salves, especially if you already make soap!

Look at our book about making salves and lip balms.

It's a shortcut to success if you want to make salve products.

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Depending on where you are, selling Salves and other personal products requires licensing, etc... There are also laws governing labeling and claims.

I infuse my herbs for usually six weeks, always in a dark cool place. The resulting oils are stored in dark jars.
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MullersLaneFarm has 8788 posts, so I figure she has earned a right to an opinion...the policy has been here, members were required to contribute in forums to earn the right to sell or promote anything on here. However, if that policy has changed, it would be nice to know.
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