Every year I infuse oil with herbs, most of which grow wild here on Oak Hill. The oil is then used to make soaps and healing salves.
There are two methods for infusing oils: by putting the herbs and oil in a jar in a sunny window for a few weeks, or warm the oil gently in a crockpot. I prefer to use the crockpot.
Do not let the beeswax boil, heat it just enough to melt.
How much oil? That depends on your container, and how much it will hold. You can measure the total volume by filling with water and then measuring how much water it holds. You'll need less oil than the total volume though, because you will be adding beeswax.
When I started making salves I used 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil, but I've changed lately to a softer salve. My advice is to start with a small amount of beeswax. If your finished salve is too soft or too stiff, you can gently reheat and add either more beeswax or more oil, stir, and pour back into the container. Personally it's easier for me to add more beeswax than to add more oil because I usually use all the infused oil and don't have extra.
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