Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Homemade Pain Relief Salve

I'm gathering supplies today to make a homemade pain relief salve using essential oils.  
One of the class assignments for my Aromatherapy Certification class was to make a blend of essential oils using the Monoterpene family.  I was to pick three to five essential oils for their therapeutic properties and blend them into an ounce of jojoba oil.  The little amber bottle in the photo above is my finished assignment.

I've been using it with good results but thought it would be nice as a salve.  The oil drips and is easy to spill.  For this project I'm turning my essential oil blend into a salve.

All I really needed to complete the project was Beeswax to make the salve.  I made a homemade double boiler using a small sauce pan and a one cup heavy glass measuring cup.

The Beeswax is almost melted here.

After the Beeswax was melted I poured in my essential oil blend and stirred, then quickly poured the mixture into a 2 oz. push up tube and put the cap on.  The reason for putting the cap on the container is so the essential oils don't evaporate.

Here it is finished with the label I swiped off of the original oil blend bottle.

The essential oils in the recipe have changed a little due to the size of the container:

Frankincense 10 drops
Juniper Berry 4 drops
Orange (Sweet) 8 drops
Nutmeg 6 drops
Neroli 8 drops

If you've never made a salve before you'll need 2 ounces of the oil of your choice, a few examples would be Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, etc., and one ounce of Beeswax.  Weigh out on your kitchen scale and melt together, let cool and you'll have a salve.

After my salve cooled and hardened I found that it was very difficult to apply so I had to go back and re-melt it.  When I did that I added one ounce of Trauma Oil that I had the herbs infusing for in a mason jar for another project.  Trauma Oil is a combination of Arinca Flowers, Calendula Flowers and St. John's Wart infused in Olive Oil.
For fresh quality dried herbs I shop at The Bulk Herb Store, the link is in the banner below and most of my essential oils for this project are from Aromatics International.

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Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

This combination of essential oils sounds amazing. Wish I could smell it through cyber-space! Then to add the infused olive oil, wow, this is a gorgeous salve. I just LOVE quality ingredients like these. So nice.

Anna !

Billie A said...

I bet this would be good for sore knees and shoulders. I may have to get some of this. I like that it's a roll on. Like I've said before I am sure your house smells lovely.

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

These essential oils sound like a must try for pain and the smell has to be better than the store bought ones.......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

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Thanks for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Join us at 8:00PM tonight for this weeks party.
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