Witchy Sunday: Solomon’s Seal Salve

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I’ve been making tons of Solomon’s Seal salve lately since me or someone I know has been complaining about some sort of muscle or joint ache or injury.

Solomon’s Seal (polygonatum biflorum) is a medicinal herb that has diverse health restorative properties. It can be used as a herbal tincture, salve, tea or supplement. As an alternative remedy it may offer relief, healing or mending to sports injuries and other conditions related to tendons, joints, ligaments, bones, bruises, connecting tissues, cartilage, etc. It also soothes and repairs gastrointestinal inflammation and injuries (Source).       More info

Historically, indigenous cultures of North America consumed the starchy rhizomes of solomon’s seal as a potato-like food to make breads and soups. The young shoots are also edible, raw or boiled for an asparagus-like food. The plant gets its name from a scar that develops on the rhizome in the fall that resembles the ancient seal of King Solomon.

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For the Salve, the ratio I use is 1:1 for liquid to beeswax, but it also works great with a more or less depending on how soft and melty you want your salve to be. I also add a tablespoon of coconut oil and 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to aid in a smoother consistency and pain relief.

 

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stirring away till the last of the beeswax melts

I start off with my makeshift double boiler (basically a mixing bowl in a pot with water and add the oil (olive oil infused with Solomon’s Seal I buy from a local herb shop), beeswax and coconut oil and stir together till completely melted.

* to make your own infused herbal oils, just cover fresh or dried herb with olive    oil and allow to sit for 4-6 weeks before straining.

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While salve is still warm, add essential oil and pour into desired container

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final consistency!

 

My family and I have experienced pretty fast relief after massaging the salve on our tight and achy knees, shoulders, neck…. ( pretty much anywhere) that needs it. 

I am firm believer in “there’s a plant for that” and Solomon’s Seal is no exception.

Happy Witching!

 

 

 

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