Sage Anti-Bacterial Salve

I was a sickly kid. I suffered from asthma and I was always getting bronchitis. Whenever I get sick, the sickness seems to hone in on my respiratory system, where I am weakest.

Depending on my respiratory tissue state, I choose teas, tinctures and poultices carefully. This Sage Salve is excellent for when you have wet, hacking coughs with lots of painful crackling and copious mucous. The added benefit of sage’s antimicrobial action keeps secondary infections, like bronchitis, at bay.

Sage Anti-Bacterial Salve

  • 1 cup (240 ml) Sage-infused olive oil Infused Oil Recipe
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) beeswax
  • 20 drops: Eucalyptus essential oil

In a double boiler (or a pot nestled in a larger pot filled with a bit of water) over medium heat, add the oils and beeswax. 

Stir until the beeswax melts and is fully incorporated.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a moment.

Add the essential oils. Stir.

Pour into clean and sterilised jars.

Medicinal Actions:

Sage: affinity for sore throats and cough, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-microbial, relaxant, nervine

Eucalyptus: antibacterial, decongestant, affinity for respiratory system, anti-inflammatory

3 Comments on “Sage Anti-Bacterial Salve

  1. Salves are cool, and are so unlimited. There are so many herbs to use, and so many more combinations of herbs. What is the old fashioned Vick’s Vap-O rub? Is that a type of salve? Would olive oil infused with eucalyptus oil be toxic?


  2. We use salves for everything. They might be my favourite herbal remedy. You can totally dilute eucalyptus oil in olive oil and apply it topically in a 10 drops to 50 ml ratio. The Vicks vapor rub is a salve or ointment with a petroleum base. Be careful when you buy salves or ointments to make sure what the base is. Most salves here in CZ have a pig fat base. I use exclusively good quality olive oil for my salves and almond, hempseed, hazelnut, poppyseed for my face and body creams.


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