Want to learn how to make bay leaf salve at home and how to use bay leaf salve for eczema and dermatitis? Continue reading and find out.
Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) is one of the most powerful natural medicines from the sunny coasts of Ancient Greece, praised by Hippocrates for the prevention of cholera and malaria epidemics, and dysentery. Avicenna believed that laurel is one of the most effective remedies for joint pain, apnea, as well as nervous tension. On the other hand, Galen knew that all parts of the laurel plant have antiseptic, antimicrobial, and calming effects. Let’s see how to make bay leaf salve and how to use it at home.
How to Make Bay Leaf Salve for Skin Problems
Mix 6 tablespoons of bay leaf powder with 2 tablespoons of finely chopped juniper leaves (or berries if you can’t find leaves) and 12 tablespoons of melted butter or goose fat. Put in a glass cream container and keep in the fridge, where it will solidify. If you desire a harder consistency, you can also add a tsp of beeswax and melt it in a steam bath together with the lard.
Apply the bay leaf salve to the areas affected by eczema, dermatitis, scabies, or psoriasis. Gently massage the painful joints with the bay leaf salve daily, and wrap with a woolen scarf before going to bed. Rub your back or chest with this healing bay salve in case of a strong cough.
To make this bay leaf salve even more powerful for skin conditions, you can use it alongside a bay leaf poultice which you can prepare as follows. Grind 30 dried bay leaves and a handful of dried field bindweed herb (Convolvulus arvensis). Moisten this herbal powder with some water or rosehip tea to form a dense paste like a cream. Spread it over a cling wrap and apply it to the affected area as a poultice for half an hour. After removing the poultice, do not wash the affected skin area with water, but only wipe it with a dry towel.
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The bay leaf salve recipe here is an amazing go-to remedy for the most common skin problems, as well as painful joints or coughs. If you’ve enjoyed how to make bay leaf salve at home, please share this article so more people learn how to make their own natural bay leaf salve at home. Stay healthy, naturally!
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