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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Rose Hip Salve


Also at that same recent talk I gave, I demonstrated making a salve from rose hips.
You can find previous posts about salve making
  here
and 


This salve is ideal for the face but can of course be used anywhere.
I roughly chopped a big handful of fresh rose hips and then covered with cold pressed almond oil and gently infused over a very low heat till the oil had taken on the colour and smelled of the hips. I used my thermomix but some people use a slow cooker on low for a few hours making sure the oil doesn't get too warm as we are trying to preserve as much of the Vit C properties of the hips. The other method is to place the hips covered in oil in a jar and leave to infuse in the warmth of the sun over the month.
Strain the oil through a cloth lined sieve and extract as much as possible squeezing the pulp. 
Measure the resulting golden oil and add 10% in weight of bees wax. This is best grated and added to the oil to gently heat to dissolve. 
Once it is dissolved, you can also add a couple of drops of Vit E oil and pour into sterile jars and label.
It's best to use a container that is not clear and keep the salve in a cool place away from light. Always use a stick or clean finger and use within a few months.
If you prefer a scent, you can add a drop of essential oil but I like to keep the salve as simple as possible and enjoy the benefits of the almond oil and rose hip oil.

You can use any rose hips but I find wild rose hips in abundance around our road ways.



We also shared some rose hip cordial on the night and the recipe is found 



2 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'll definitely be trying this. Lots of wild rosehips around here and I have just scored myself a Thermomix (oh bliss!) so I'm all set to go

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  2. Tanya, rose hip cordial, done. Will have to add salve to the list for next year's rose hips. I love the smell of rosehips:)

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