How To Make Bone and Tissue Salve

How To Make Bone and Tissue Salve. The herbs in this salve can heal injuries and wounds. Here's how to make a simple salve in the crockpot!

I have experienced the healing power of herbal salve by healing my leg after surgery, stopping the itch of poison ivy, getting antibiotics in the system, and using it to comfort and heal the bug bites and ouchies of my children.

I have been very impressed many times with how well a simple salve heals.

The salve I’m going to share with you today is no less amazing.

Some of you may know it as BF&C Salve.

Some of you may know it as Complete Tissue & Bone Formula.

Some of you may not be familiar with it at all, or maybe you’ve made up a completely different name for it like, The Miraculous Healing Salve.

Whatever you choose to call it, it all works the same and can bring about amazing results. The base of this salve is a formula that Dr. Christopher came up with, and many herbalists are familiar with its healing properties.

This salve contains comfrey, which is the sole herb that I used to heal my limping leg. When you add other specific herbs to comfrey, you can have an even more effective salve! I didn’t have all the herbs in the formula on hand this time, but I had the majority of them. It’s OK if you have to leave a few of them out, but comfrey is the main herb for healing and cannot be left out.

I recently made this salve for someone dear to me who has torn ligaments in his shoulder. I will have him apply this salve 3 times a day to the injury as well as take the formula internally. He is taking 2 capsules 3 times a day of this bone and tissue supplement until the injury is healed.  Many times these specific injuries can lead to a need for surgery, and we don’t want that!

How To Make Bone and Tissue Salve. The herbs in this salve can heal injuries and wounds. Here's how to make a simple salve in the crockpot!

How To Make Bone and Tissue Salve

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all herbs together. This makes a very large amount so reduce the portion if desired.
  2. To make a salve, you must first make an herbal oil.  This is the crockpot method: Place herbs in a jar 1/3 or 1/2 full.  You can use any size jar, depending on how much salve you wish to make.
  3. Fill the jar up with olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil. {I normally use olive oil.}  Leave a 2 inch head-space.
  4. Put a lid on the jar. 
  5. Place a towel on the bottom of a crockpot, put jars in crockpot and fill the crockpot with water up to 1 inch below the top of the jars. 
  6. Turn crockpot on low heat for 3 days.  The oil and herbs need to be hot to release the properties, but not too hot.  Water will evaporate so add more water as often as needed to keep the level at one or 2 inches below the top of the jar.  
  7. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the oil through white cotton material or cheesecloth, or a fine strainer.  Strain as much oil as you can and allow the herbs and oil to cool enough to handle.  This allows you to squeeze as much oil out as possible with your hands!  You now have an herbal oil that you can use if you prefer to use an oil.  
  8. To make it into a salve, place 2 cups of the herbal oil into a pan. 
  9. Add 1/4 cup of beeswax.  Turn the burner on very low heat and slowly heat the oil until the beeswax melts.
  10. Once the beeswax is melted, pour in 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil to preserve the salve for 2-5 years.
  11. Transfer the liquid salve into a container with a spout to make it easier to pour from.  Pour into container(s) of choice. It’s important to pour the salve into containers before it starts to cool.  All that beeswax makes it solidify in a hurry!

(Print the recipe below!)

Bone and Tissue Salve

Ingredients

  • 6 Parts White Oak Bark
  • 6 Parts Comfrey Root
  • 3 Parts Marshmallow Root
  • 3 Parts Mullein Herb
  • 3 Parts Black Walnut Hull
  • 3 Parts Gravel Root
  • 2 Parts Wormwood
  • 1 Part Skullcap
  • 1 Part Lobelia Herb and Seed
  • 1 Part Slippery Elm Bark

Directions

Step 1
Mix all ingredients together. This makes a very large amount so reduce the portion if desired.
Step 2
To make a salve, you must first make an herbal oil. This is the crockpot method: Place herbs in a jar 1/3 or 1/2 full. You can use any size jar, depending on how much salve you wish to make.
Step 3
Fill the jar up with olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil. {I normally use olive oil.} Leave a 2 inch head-space.
Step 4
Put a lid on the jar. Place a towel on the bottom of a crockpot, put jars in crockpot and fill the crockpot with water up to 1 inch below the top of the jars. Turn crockpot on low heat for 3 days. The oil and herbs need to be hot to release the properties, but not too hot. Water will evaporate so add more water as often as needed to keep the level at one or 2 inches below the top of the jar.
Step 5
After 3 days, strain the herbs from the oil through white cotton material or cheesecloth, or a fine strainer. Strain as much oil as you can and allow the herbs and oil to cool enough to handle. This allows you to squeeze as much oil out as possible with your hands! You now have an herbal oil that you can use if you prefer to use an oil.
Step 6
To make it into a salve, place 2 cups of the herbal oil into a pan. Add 1/4 cup of beeswax. Turn the burner on very low heat and slowly heat the oil until the beeswax melts.
Step 7
Once the beeswax is melted, pour in 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil to preserve the salve for 2-5 years.
Step 8
Transfer the liquid salve into a container with a spout to make it easier to pour from. It’s important to pour the salve into containers before it starts to cool. All that beeswax makes it solidify in a hurry!

This formula has been used for:

  • Broken Bones
  • Sprained Ankles
  • Torn Ligaments
  • Scrapes
  • Cuts
  • Wounds
  • Varicose Veins
  • Curvature of the Spine
  • Skin Eruptions
  • Pulled Muscles
  • Blood Clots
  • Calcium Spurs
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Skin Cancers
  • Bone Spurs
  • Polio
  • Stroke

How To Use This Formula:

The above recipe makes an insanely HUGE amount.  I cut it way down and it made about 1 1/2 pints of salve.  I used 1 part white oak bark and comfrey root; 1/2 part marshmallow, mullein, black walnut hull, and gravel root; 1/4 part wormwood, and 1/8 part skullcap, lobelia, and slippery elm.  I measured in volume this time instead of by weight, so I measured in cups: 1 cup of white oak bark and comfrey, 1/2 cup marshmallow, mullein, black walnut and gravel root, etc.  Read here for more details on how to measure herbs.

  1. Make a Salve – The way I use this formula the most is in salve form.  You can make an herbal oil with this mixture of herbs and turn the oil into a salve to use, as outlined in the recipe above.  Apply the salve 3 times a day or so.
  2. Make a strong tea by combining 2 tsp. per cup of water and steeping at least 30 minutes.  Cloths can be soaked in this tea and laid over the area for 4-6 hours or overnight.  Cover the fomentation with plastic wrap and lay a heating pad on top to keep warmth on the area, or place warm towels on top and warm them back up each time they cool.  This method is a good idea if you are dealing with a serious condition or injury.
  3. You can take this formula internally in tea form (which won’t taste good) by consuming 1 cup 3 times a day.  You can also turn these herbs into a tincture form.  One easy way is to follow the instructions in this post for a simple crockpot glycerite!  Take 1 or 2 dropperfuls of tincture 3-5 times a day.  It’s a great idea to take this formula every day internally as well as using it externally when dealing with a serious condition or injury.  You can also buy this formula in capsules or purchase your own capsules and use a capsule machine, which is easy to use and saves a lot of money!  I use a coffee grinder to grind the herbs to powder for capsules.

Sometimes buying herbs for a formula such as this can cost more up front, but in the long run you save a lot of money!  Plus, I use the herbs for other uses as well.

How To Make Bone and Tissue Salve. The herbs in this salve can heal injuries and wounds. Here's how to make a simple salve in the crockpot!

Have you ever used herbs to heal injuries?  I would love to hear about it in the comment section below!

Resources:

 (n.d.). Retrieved January 12, 2016, from http://www.ladyofherbs.com/sites/default/files/bfc_3.pdf 
 Christopher, J. (n.d.). Herbal Home Health Care
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