Skater Salve

skater salveMy husband loves to surf but since we live an hour’s drive from the surf beach, he has taken up skateboarding as a way to scratch the itch. Despite the kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards, he still comes home with a fair amount of abrasions. I made him this balm to facilitate healing – not a great look to have blood seeping through your shirt in meetings!

Gotu kola and calendula are both wonderful herbs to aid skin repair and reduce scarring. Calendula has the additional benefit of acting as an anti-bacterial, as does the tea tree oil, and together they minimise the risk of infection.


1 Tablespoon dried gotu kola

2 Tablespoons dried calendula

1/2 cup olive oil

1 Tablespoon shea butter

1 Tablespoon cocoa butter

2 Tablespoons beeswax

10 drops tea tree oil

  1. Place the dried herbs in a large jar and completely cover with olive oil. Use a spoon to push the herbs under the oil.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil, then sit the jar of herbs and oil in the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer. Make sure the water level is higher than the level of the oil in the jar, but the jar needs to be tall enough to keep the simmering water from getting in.
  3. Simmer for two hours. You’ll need to check the water level every now and again and top it up so its higher than the oil.
  4. Strain the oil through a double layer of cheesecloth into a clean jar or metal container. I tie a rubber band around it and hang it off a wooden spoon to drain out. Discard the herbs.
  5. Put the jar/container  containing the infused oil back into the pot of simmering water. Add the shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax and stir until combined.
  6. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes. Add the tea tree oil and pour into containers.
  7. Leave to harden then apply your labels.

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