1 semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation [syn: ointment, unction, unguent, balm]
2 anything that remedies or heals or soothes; "he needed a salve for his conscience"
2 apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing
ointment, cream or balm
- Finnish: voide, salva, balsami
something that soothes or heals
- Finnish: balsami
to calm or assuage
- Finnish: rauhoittaa
- Finnish: pelastaa
- Plural of salva
EtymologyPresumably from an unattested verb salveo
- This is the singular form. When greeting a group, salvete is used.
A salve is a medical ointment used to soothe the head or other body surface. A popular eye medicine known as "Phrygian powder" was one of Laodicea's sources of wealth. The medical school at Laodicea was famous for the preparation and use of this eye salve.
A drawing salve is a salve used to treat boils, ingrown toenails, splinters, etc. It is also known as Black Ointment, or Icthyol Salve. The main ingredients are often ichthammol, phenyl alcohol, or arnica montana, and several familiar herbs such as echinacea or calendula. Many people can use this product to help treat pimples and other skin defects.
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