Salve Making: An Ancient Hand Craft
Frantsila has been making various salves and ointments for as long as the company has been in existence. Of course, salves significantly pre-date our little farm, and are one of the oldest natural treatments in the historical record, which have been used by many different cultures, from the ancient Egyptians to the native peoples of North America.
Frantsila’s salves are the result of an entirely traditional, handmade process. To better explain this process, we would like to introduce Maria, our salve maker, who is responsible for the production of all our salves: “The process of salve making involves several stages, which are all connected to a slow extraction method. The process starts with the extraction of dry herbs, which in the case of our Lavender Salve, includes Lavender Flowers and Wild Pansies. Our extraction method is very traditional, where dried plants are mixed into a warming oil mixture, a process that happens over a two to three week period. During extraction, the plant’s bio-active ingredients dissolve into the oil. With our Lavender Salve, we use a really fine oil blend, which includes jojoba seed oil, wild rose seed oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter and beeswax.”
Maria continues: “After the extraction process, the plant mass is pressed and filtered. The oil mixture is extracted using a gentle heat and is further mixed with lavender essential oil and the melted beeswax. The salve is then allowed to cool down, after which the lid is applied. Finally, I apply the labels and put them in their boxes, with a best before date and batch code.”
And, by the way, Maria is also our “one woman” bottling line, so your Lavender Salve is literally made and packaged by a single set of hands.
Our all natural, hand-made Calming Lavender Salve is now available for purchase in our web shop and at selected retailers.