... which one are we on now? 3? 4?
Okay, let's call it this:
You Know I Had to Try It.
I've done elderberries, jelly making and syrup along with the foot-soaking, mosquito-biting foraging.
Elder flower cordial? Check.
Elderberry wine? Not yet but I'm still hopeful!
And now, I happened upon a use for elder bark: a salve.
And since I found those bushes hiding on my own property, well, You Know I Had To Try It.
Of course I did. I'm me, after all. They were just sitting out there waiting for me for discover something new to do.
I peeled the bark and let it dry out for a few days. I only took smaller branches as I only had a little saw. Peeling the bark I was surprised to find it had the same scent as the berries.
Then the olive oil infusion, twice. Oops. Camnesia. Picture bark swimming in olive oil on stove, strained and then infused again. (Gotta love these illustrated tutorials!)
Beeswax was then melted and added to the re-warmed infusion (1 oz to *8oz oil or until you have the consistency you like) and a little lavender essential oil and voila!
It looks greener in real life. In fact, it matches the green walls in our living room. How about a paint chip called Salve Green? Not so enticing?
Elder bark salve is good for bruising and inflammation.
I'm going to give some to my mum, who has thin, elderly skin that bruises very easily.
I've asked my immediate family members to check for bruises so I could anoint them! None so far and I'm not hoping to see any soon but I am curious to try it.