Basic Salve Recipe


1 cup infused oil or olive, coconut, apricot, almond, jojoba, castor, sesame, grapeseed oil or shea butter (combine any of these for a total of one cup)

1/4 cup beeswax

40 - 60 drops essential oils


Gently heat oil and beeswax. Do not boil! A double boiler (or two pots which stack) is the easiest way to make sure you don't burn your oil. Once you melt your oil in a pot, it will never come 100% clean again so choose a pot that you are ready to retire. The pot should be made of stainless steel, glass, or enamel. When you are ready to clean your pot, put dish soap in and rub around BEFORE adding water. This will get most of the wax and oil out.

When the wax melts, take off the flame. Add essential oils (essential oils will be chosen based on the desired use of the salve). Pour into containers and let cool thoroughly before putting on the lids.

Salve Suggestions:

For sore muscles start with an arnica or comfrey infused oil. You can mix this with a St. John's Wort Oil which will help with nerve pain. Choose essential oils that reduce inflammation, and warm or cool depending on your needs.

For rashes and itches start with a plantain, calendula. or chickweed infused oil. Add essential oils such as peppermint and tea tree.

For cuts and scrapes start with a calendula, comfrey, echinacea, self-heal, plantain, and/or goldenseal infused oil. Add essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, and myrrh.

For a chest rub for congestion start with a ginger, eucalyptus infused oil. Add essential oils such as eucalyptus, ginger, ravinstsara, ammi visnaga, rosemary, peppermint, or green myrtle.

For a baby's rear start with a calendula infused oil and add lavender and tea tree essential oils.


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Pu'u said:

Very beautiful, simple recipe and directions MAHALO


Kelly said:

Thank you for a great recipe! May I ask how much salve this recipe makes?

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