Salve for Arthritis

Needed:

  • 1 ½ ounces fresh mint leaf
  • 1 ½ ounces crushed fresh eucalyptus leaf
  • ¼ ounce crushed dried bay leaf
  • ½ ounce crushed or powdered dried golden seal root
  • ½ pound vegetable shortening (in the "old days" lard was used)

If the fresh herbs cannot be found, substitution with dried herbs is okay. Mix all herbs together. Melt the Vegetable Shortening in a pot on low flame, adding a little at a time to speed the melting process. When all the Shortening has been melted, turn off the fire, and slowly stir in the mixed herbs. When all is mixed well, pour the liquid salve into a jar. Do not use plastic! Use glass only! (Plastic will draw out the essence of the herbs.) Cap the jar and refrigerate until the shortening has become a solid again, and is cold. Will keep for about a week. Gather a small amount onto hand and massage onto skin of afflicted joint. Let set for at least one hour. Repeat as necessary.