Violet Leaf Salve Recipe

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Foraging for wild violets (common blue violet or viola sororia) isn’t just a fun early spring activity. This little purple plant can provide you with a multitude of health benefits and tasty treats. I like to make wild violet tea, violet leaf infused oil, violet jelly, and violet leaf salve. The violet leaf salve recipe that I am sharing with you today is very simple to make, affordable, and quite useful.

How to Make Wild Violet Leaf Salve

Violet Leaf Salve is an excellent addition to an herbal medicine cabinet and first aid kit. There are many health benefits of violet leaves and uses for this salve. Read on for the benefits, uses, supply sources, and directions for making the salve!

Health Benefits of Violet Leaves

Violet leaves have many medicinal uses and properties: 

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • High in Vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • Causes movement in the lymphatic system
  • Antioxidant Rich
  • Known as a blood cleanser
  • Relieves Sore throats and dry coughs
  • Soothes skin irritations like insect bites, eczema, and sunburn

Where to Source Beeswax

There are a few different options to choose from when you are looking for quality beeswax…

  1. Render Your Own Beeswax

If you are a beekeeper, then this is the option for you!

Rendering beeswax is an extremely simple process and you can do it with comb leftovers from honey extraction or with extra burr comb.

Beeswax rendering in a stockpot
  1. Buy from Local beekeepers

Try to find local beekeepers to purchase beeswax from. Keeping your ingredients local is ideal when possible. I purchased some from Causey Bee Farm at our most recent Homesteaders of America conference and it worked great for violet leaf salve!

  1. Order from Mountain Rose Herbs

If you can’t render your own beeswax and you can’t find a local source, your next best option is to purchase beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have quality beeswax in bars and pastilles.

Where to Source Salve Tins

I purchased my 2 oz. salve tins from Mountain Rose Herbs. You could also use these from Amazon or use small mason jars

Violet leaf salve in a 2 oz tin with fresh violet leaves

Violet Leaf Salve Recipe

To make this salve, you will first need a violet oil infusion. You can make this with dried violet leaves and a carrier oil. I use olive oil, but you can also use oils rated for cosmetic use like sweet almond oil.

>>See my recipe for wild violet infused oil here.

Violet Leaf Infused Oil being strained into a mason jar

Didn’t get to forage violet leaves this year?? No worries! You can buy them here!



Beeswax on scale with a measuring cup and a quart jar of violet oil to the side



Add the violet leaf oil and solid beeswax into a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, make a simple one with a pot, a mason jar, and a few jar lids.

DIY Double boiler with a quart mason jar and lids

Using a double boiler or a water bath is important when melting the beeswax because it is very flammable over direct heat. 


Heat the water in the bottom of the double boiler to a simmer and wait for the wax to melt into the oil. 


Carefully remove the melted oil and wax from the heat and add the tea tree essential oil


Quickly and carefully pour the melted violet leaf salve into tins or jars. It will solidify as it cools.

Violet leaf salve solidifying in 2 oz tins

How to Use Violet Leaf Salve

Our number one topical use of violet salve is to relieve the itch and the pain from bug bites & stings. This salve can be used instead of hydrocortisone cream for itchiness. It can also be used to soothe a sunburn and some skin rashes.

Violet leaves are known to aid movement within the lymphatic system so you can also rub this salve on the skin over swollen lymph nodes / sore throats and on fibrocystic breasts. 

You can also add additional essential oils that suit your intended purposes. 

Violet leaf salve in a 2 oz tin

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This is for informational purposes only, this is not diagnosis or treatment and always check with your medical professional of choice before using anything medicinally.

**The statements made about specific plants on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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