Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Frangrance of the South West - by Kathryn McCraley - Pine Sap Salve Collection & Recipe
When the sap has melted down to about level, you may add an equal amount of coconut oil. When this begins to blend, stir it carefully, trying not to stir up the bits of bark and twig at the bottom. Warm some more. As it becomes more liquidy on top, it will be time to add in a bit of beeswax. Do this at roughly an 1 to 8 ratio, that is 8 parts resin mix to 1 part beeswax. This particular jar was a 12 ouncer. I put in about a tablespoon of beeswax, maybe a bit more. This may be done in two steps, where you would do a pour of the liquid to another jar first and then add beeswax, but I did it all in one jar to be able to get as much sap as possible. I believe that the bark and other bits add a certain something to the healing components of the monoterpenes.
This batch took all day to be ready to pour. This is the fun part! You will want to stir just before so to have a nice consistency and then be careful to leave the solids at the bottom, which can be tricky. Take it slowly but surely. If the sap begins to harden too much, just pop it back into the oven for a bit; this will loosen up the resin again and you will be able to squeeze even a few more drops out. If you prefer to add other ingredients or to add an essential oil, this would be the time.