by erin stewart sm (704 of 17)

How to Make an Herbal Aloe Liniment Spray for Wound Care

I’ve shared a couple of my favorite herbal first aid go-to’s here with you in the past, including this yarrow styptic powder and a tutorial for making herbal poultices and compresses. Today, though, I’m letting you in on one of my herbal first aid kit secret weapons. It’s a recipe I turn to so often when I’m dealing with a sunburn, cut, scrape, bite or sting. It’s so versatile and so easy to make and it really helps soothe my skin as it recovers from injury. This herbal aloe liniment spray is infused with several skin-friendly, vulnerary herbs that help to calm inflammation and redness, relieve pain, disinfect wounds, and repair the skin.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 plantain leaves (Plantago major or Plantago lanceolata)
  • 3-4 yarrow leaves (Achillea millefolium)
  • 1 calendula flower head (Calendula officinalis)
  • 3-4 stalks of lavender flowers (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Aloe vera juice

To make your liniment spray, place all of your fresh plant material in a mortar and pestle and crush the herbs until they are a fine mash (the consistency you would want for a poultice). If you’re working with dried herbs, you can use a blender or spice grinder to break down the dried plant material instead.

Once the plants are broken down, you can add a little bit of Aloe vera juice to the mix, then continue to crush with the mortar and pestle. Add more Aloe vera juice as needed, then let the whole mixture sit (covered) for 10-20 minutes to infuse.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a glass spray bottle. Store the spray in the refrigerator. It will keep in the fridge for 3-7 days, so it’s best for use right away. I whip up a fresh batch of it whenever I’m dealing with a fresh sunburn or skin wound that needs a bit of extra care.

If you want to make a version that is more shelf stable, you can use witch hazel instead of the Aloe vera juice. Happy blending!

Much love,
Erin

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Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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7 thoughts on “How to Make an Herbal Aloe Liniment Spray for Wound Care”

  1. So if you are just using enough aloe Vera juice “as needed” how much (on average) are you using in this recipe? Enough to make a poultice wouldn’t be enough to strain any juice off? I am confused.

    1. Erin Stewart

      You will crush the herbs to the consistency needed for a poultice before adding the Aloe vera juice. Then you add the Aloe juice gradually until you have enough to fill your bottle. I would recommend 1-2 ounces at most, since this is not shelf stable and needs to be used up within a 3-7 days.

  2. Thank you, Erin, for this recipe. It looks do-able, especially since you included hints for using dried herbs. I hope it will NOT be needed, but I would rather have this on hand and not need it, than to need it and not have it. (Have I made myself clear as mud?) Heading out into the sunshine! Thanks again and God bless.

    1. Erin Stewart

      Enjoy! If you make it ahead of time, you might want to use witch hazel instead of the Aloe to make it more shelf stable. When I use it, I make it up as needed. =)

  3. Hi, Erin. I have a question–if I made up the liniment with aloe vera juice, but wanted to have it on hand, would freezing the liniment as ice cubes be a good idea or would that cause some unforeseen (by me at this moment) reaction to change the effectiveness of the liniment?

    One of my hesitations in not wanting to make the liniment with the aloe vera juice, as needed, is that when I am suffering with a sunburn, I really do not want to have to concentrate on making this. I truly do not mean to be pesky, so kindly overlook that aspect of this comment. Thanks. Have a lovely afternoon.

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