I’m leading another workshop this weekend, and in addition to the material I presented in the Tincturing Workshop, I’ll also be adding alcohol liniments, salves, and oils to the information sheet. Below is what I’ll be handing out. As always, please consult a medical professional before using any of these preparations, don’t use while using other medications, check for allergins, and do not use as a replacement for medical care (especially in emergency cases). Enjoy!


Alcohol Liniments

  • Liniments are tinctures that rather than being ingested, are applied to the skin.
  • The alcohol will evaporate leaving behind the herbal medicine.
  • Liniments can also be mixed with a carrier oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. to sooth the skin and prevent burning from the alcohol.

Basic Oil and Alcohol Liniment:

  • 1 part alcohol tincture : 1 part carrier oil

Easy Liniment Recipes

Fiery Liniment – think something like Tiger Balm. Hot and cold to sooth aching muscles. This does contain capsicum, menthol, and camphor, so do not apply to sensitive skin areas. A carrier oil is recommended with this one.

Tincture: for a quart jar

  • ½ c. Cinnamon
  • ½ c. Fresh Ginger
  • ½ c. Calendula flowers
  • 3-4 medium sized Chili Peppers
  • 1 tbsp. Menthol crystals (or oil, crystals can be found on Amazon)
  • 1 tbsp. Camphor crystals (or oil, crystals can be found on Amazon)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon oil (optional)
  • Vodka (fill jar)

Carrier Oil:

  • Sweet Almond oil

Field Liniment – great for taking out hiking. Apply to aches, pains, sprains, cuts, and wounds to help in emergencies. Can be used with or without carrier oils.

Tincture: for a quart jar

  • ½ c. Plantain leaf
  • ½ c. Comfrey root (and/or leaf)
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf
  • ¼ c. Pine resin
  • Vodka (fill jar)

Carrier Oil:

  • Sweet Almond oil

Herbal Salves

  • Herbal material left to sit in warm oil or fat until the active chemical compounds in the plants have been leached out.
  • Traditional salves use fats or tallows like beef tallow, mutton tallow, bear grease, possum grease, goose grease, etc.
  • Vegetarian salves can be made with oils and beeswax (to help the oil set into a solid mass.)

Basic Salve making:

  • Easiest way to “cook” a salve is in a crockpot.
  • Melt tallow then add plant material (if using oil you can add both the plant matter and the oil at the same time).
  • Heat on low 6-8 hours (low is important; you don’t want to burn the plant matter).
  • If you’re using an oil (not a fat, most fats will harden up on their own) you will add about 2 oz. melted beeswax to make the oil set into a semi-solid salve.
  • Let cool.
  • Strain and bottle.

Easy Salve Recipes

“Green” Salve – all purpose salve using beef tallow. For cuts, bruises, bug bites, eczema, burns, etc.

  • 32 oz. Beef Tallow
  • ¾ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¾ c. Comfrey root and leaf
  • ¾ c. Rosemary leaf
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf
  • ¼ c. Thyme leaf

“Yellow” Salve – light coconut oil base, used in warmer months. For cuts, bruises, bug bites, eczema, burns, etc. Do not use if you have a skin sensitivity to goldenrod.

  • 32 oz. Coconut oil
  • ¾ c. Calendula flowers
  • ¾ c. Lemon Verbena leaf
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf
  • ½ c. Rose petals
  • ½ c. Goldenrod flowers

Herbal Oils

  • Herbal material left to heat in carrier skin or edible oils until the active chemical compounds in the plants have been leached out.
  • Can be taken internally or applied to external skin conditions.
  • Typical external carrier oils: sweet almond, grapeseed, coconut.
  • Typical internal carrier oils: sweet almond, olive, sesame.

Basic Oil making:

  • Easiest way to “cook” an oil is in a crockpot.
  • Combine plant matter and carrier oil.
  • Heat on low 6-8 hours (low is important; you don’t want to burn the plant matter).
  • Let cool.
  • Strain and bottle.

Easy Oil Recipes

Ear Oil – for external use with a sore ear. Not to be used with ear infections.

  • ¼ c. Garlic (fresh crushed or chopped)
  • ¼ c. Mullein flowers
  • 16 oz. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

Body Tonic Oil – for external use with sores, bruises, dry skin, bug bites, rashes, etc.

  • ¼ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¼ c. Comfrey leaf
  • ¼ c. Red Clover flowers
  • ¼ c. Wood Betony leaf
  • ¼ c. Blue Vervain leaf
  • 16 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

First Aid Oil – for external use as a first aid treatment for wounds, pains, sores, bites, etc.

  • ¼ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¼ c. Comfrey leaf
  • ¼ c. Cinquefoil leaf
  • ¼ c. Self-Heal leaf
  • 1 tbsp. Pine resin
  • 16 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)