How to Make an Ointment Base

How to Make an Ointment Base

Herbal ointments can be a wonderful thing to use for conditions that match the problem.
A base for your ointment is simply made from 800ml olive oil (other oil can be used if desired but olive is awesome) to 150gm beeswax.


First gently boil the herbs of choice in the oil until it stops steaming and frothing. Remove the heat immediately and allow to cool. Strain through nylon stockings or suitable filter.
Return the oil to a cleaned saucepan with the beeswax and heat until the wax is melted. Allow to cool substantially and when a thin ring starts to form around the outside of the pan pour into your jars. Seal when cooled and store in a dark cupboard.
Example recipe to sooth eczema, psoriasis, skin conditions, dry skin, dermatitis, insect bites, nappy rash, cracked skin. pets may also be treated with this ointment for summer itch and flea allergies.

Use herbs in the above base:
200gm fresh or 100gm dried chickweed
100gm fresh or 50gm dried plantain

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Hi Julius,
Sunflower oil is a carrier oil not an essential oil. You can use it instead of olive if you wish to. You may scent with myrhh if you wish to

Kerry Pearson

Can I use essential oils like sunflower or myrrh?

Julius dingcok

Hi Karina,
This would depend on the size you were filling, You should end up with around 800-900gm of product when you are done. Divide that into the container size you wish to use for the number of jars

Kerry Pearson

Hello Kerry. How many tins/jars and what size would this amount of product fill? Thank you

Karina Clemmensen

This is a basic technique to allow you to use any herbs you want. This creation used both herbs, but you can change it up as you feel the need.

Kerry Pearson

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