This elderflower salve enhanced with Frankincense oil has positive effects on older skin and prevents signs of ageing making it ideal for mature skin
Since the elderflowers season began I have been restless, searching for new recipes and ideas to benefit from the presence of such a valuable gift that nature is offering us. Apart from elderflower cordial and cough syrup I wanted to use this plant in cosmetics as well.
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Elderflowers are known for their softening, anti-inflammatory, and anti-wrinkle properties. Since they are especially useful for older skin I thought this elderflower salve would be a great gift for my mom or my mother in law to use in the salve. To make the salve really special I decided to add a few drops of Frankincense essential oil. According to dr. Axe Frankincense not only strengthens skin and improves its tone but also has the ability to improve elasticity and helps lift skin.
start with the blossoms
The process with salve always starts for me with picking fresh blossoms. Some people prefer to skip this step and order dry herbs online or use essential oils instead. But this is my favourite part of the process so I don’t skip it! Once you have that you need to make the elderflower infusion oil. As a menstrum -base oil I used almond oil which creates a luxurious, healing mixture with elderflowers. This elderflower scented infused oil is mixed with beeswax to create moisturizing cream that deserves the attention of every woman.
Benefits of elderflower salve for the skin:
Elderflowers are light creamy/pale yellow color from herb Sambucus Nigra. Sambucus nigra has been used for centuries for the treatment of cough, flu, and bronchitis (1)
These Sweet-scented petals with anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties also have great benefits for the skin.
Anti-aging effects of elderflowers on the skin:
Elderflowers contain flavonoids (Quercetin, Kaempferol, Narigenin and Catechin) (2) that are considered effective antioxidants with immunologic properties. Antioxidants are substances that protect our cells from free radical damage. Antioxidants are important in calming inflammation and increasing blood circulation.
Anti-wrinkle & anti-aging effects
Bioflavonoids and vitamins present in Elderflowers reduce fine lines and the appearance of wrinkles. These antioxidants also encourage the growth of new cells and make the skin appear younger.
Similar antiaging effect on the skin has this rosehip oil with a high concentration of tretinoin. Tretinoin posses anti-wrinkle properties and plays, therefore, an important role in the whole anti-ageing process.
Improve skin appearance
Elderflowers are mildly astringent and help minimize pores and dry up oily skin. Their ability to tighten the skin and make the skin look more fresh and smooth rejuvenate its appearance.
How to make Elderflower salve
Step 1: collect fresh Elderflower blossoms, alternatively buy dry ones. Their distinctive floral smell of summer make them easily recognisable. However, if you are not sure to do your research first. They are never far from Pyracantha blossoms but the smell is very different. The pollen gives them scent and color so don’t wash them.Just remove bugs and set the blossoms ready for drying.
Step 2: Once they are completely dried, make elderflower infusion oil . Depending on the time you have you can decide for the old method of infusion – have the oil infuse for at least 2 weeks in a jar old infusion method, if you are in a hurry you can go for the double boiler method. I have used almond oil as a menstrum but feel free to use any oil of your choice. Just take into account your skin type and what you want to use the oil for. In the case of this Elderflower salve, I want to make a gift for my mom and mother in law that are both over 70 years old. Almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and has the ability to brighten dark circles under the eyes and renew the cells of the skin.
Step 3: MIx elderflower infusion oil with beeswax and place it in the double boiler
Step 4: Gently mix the mixture till the beeswax dissolves and place it on the side
Step 5: add Frankincense essential oil or any essential oil you want to use. Again it depends what you want to create and for whom. The essential oil gives the salve additional medicinal benefits and pleasant smell. When used as an ingredient in skin care products, frankincense essential oil in skin care products is said to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, scars, and stretch marks. It’s also very good for dry skin treatment.
Step 6: Pour the mixture into a glass jar till it is still liquid, let it set for 2 hours and enjoy.
Elderflower lip balm
Lip balms became in recent years, part of a daily routine for many people. Everybody wants to have beautiful moisturized lips. Instead of buying either cheap products full of chemicals or better quality pricy bioproducts, you can make your own. Moreover, you can do it in a more sustainable fashion and re-use your old lip balm tubes or use small jars instead. Since you have your infused oil ready it’s super easy.
2 tablespoons of elderflower infused oil
1 tablespoon of bee wax
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Note: the advantage of making your own lip balm is that you can adjust the hardness and viscosity of the balm by playing with the quantity ratio of beeswax and coconut oil. If you prefer softer – you add more of coconut oil, harder – more beeswax.
- Gently heat the elderflower infused oil in a bain marie (a double boiler) with the beeswax. and coconut oil
- Stir until the beeswax and coconut oil are fully melted
- Fill the lip balm tubes or a small jar when still warm.
How long do homemade salves last?
Salves usually last for 1-3 years if stored properly. They should be stored in a cool place or refrigerator. Make sure they don’t re-melt or re-solidify as this will hinder their medicinal properties.
how to make vegan herbal salve?
You can just simply replace beeswax with candelilla wax
Can I make the salve from fresh herbs?
You can infuse fresh elderflowers in the oil and add beeswax and essential oil. Infused oils from dried herbs tend to last longer.