Healing Salve Recipe With Essential Oils - Organic Palace Queen (2024)

Healing Salve Recipe With Essential Oils - Organic Palace Queen (1)You can find numerous recipes for healing salve with essential oils. But I think I’ve found the easiest.

You need just three ingredients, in addition to the essential oils of your choice.

There’s no need for a double boiler. You could use one, if you own one. But many of us don’t. Double boilers are what one of my great aunts probably used, when she whipped up a delicious dessert.

Most of us have no time for them. We need convenience. So, if that describes you, this is the easiest healing salve recipe I’ve found.

This is the recipe I’ve made myself, repeatedly. I’ve made it with different kinds of essential oils. I’ve made a sleep salve, a pain-relief salve and also a general soothing hand salve.

Basic Salve Recipe With Essential Oils

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My healing salve recipe is so easy that you don’t even have to measure anything. Although you can if you want. All it requires are three equal parts of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.

This recipe only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Most of the “work” is spent melting these three ingredients in a sturdy stove top pan. Then you have to wait about a half hour until it hardens. This can be shorter or longer. It all depends upon the temperature.

How To Make Essential Oil Salve With Beeswax

But the end result is a firm salve about the consistency of lip balm. (You can also use it as a natural lip balm or moisturizer.)

I like to make a relatively firm salve that holds up well in warmer weather. However, you can choose your own consistency. Not using as much beeswax will make it creamier. Omitting the beeswax altogether will result in a body butter. (You’d have to whip it with an egg beater to get a whipped butter consistency.)

Salve Recipe With Beeswax and Shea Butter

This is one of several posts I’ve done on healing salves. All of them included beeswax. Once, however, someone asked for a substitute. She is allergic to bees and didn’t want to chance it.

At the time, I told her she could potentially use organic soy wax instead. That’s because the vast majority of soy grown in the United States is genetically modified. However, I wasn’t able to find any good suppliers of organic soy wax.

I’ve made a point of keeping GMO foods and products out of my house. That’s because the jury is still out on the potential health risks. One study from France found that lab rats fed genetically modified food developed huge mammary tumors.

Herbal Salve With Beeswax

After seeing a video of these animals, I decided to go GMO free. The good news is that anything labeled USDA-certified organic cannot, by law, contain GMOs.

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How To Make Salve Without Beeswax

Another possibility might be candelilla wax. This wax is derived from a shrub, and it’s often used in cosmetics. However, I have no personal experience with candelilla wax, and I don’t know if you can use it exactly the same as beeswax.

I’ve read that candelilla wax is harder than beeswax. So I’d suggest making a very small batch first and playing around with the proportions. Beeswax is what adds firmness to the salve. So you’d probably need a slightly smaller amount of candelilla if you’re switching it out for beeswax.

Herbal Salve Recipe for Arthritis

If you suffer from chronic pain, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, you may want to think about adding a pain-relief blend to your salve. This is what I used last year, when I had excruciating jaw pain. (This was caused by TMJ.)

My pain would flare at night. Having pain salve by my bed spared me from having to get up, and mix an essential oil blend in the middle of the night. The salve was ready to use.

Also, when I took a cross country trip, the salve went into my checked baggage. This was a much better option than packing essential oils, plus a bottle of carrier oil. The oily carrier oil could have opened, and ruined my clothing.

You can read this post to find out exactly how I made this natural pain relief salve, which contains a special essential oil blend designed to reduce inflammation. It could potentially be used for arthritis, as well as for fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain.

Salve Recipe With Coconut Oil

Nearly every salve recipe I’ve seen calls for coconut oil. But other ingredients are needed, in addition. That’s because coconut oil turns to liquid when the temperature hits 76 degrees F. So it would be impossible to make a salve with just coconut oil.

Shea butter is more solid. But not solid enough for a salve. That’s why beeswax is needed. You can get beeswax bars or pure beeswax pellets. I prefer the latter. Beeswax is relatively difficult to melt. Pellets dissolve with heat as long as they’re mixed with oils. So it helps to put a little oil in with the pellets. I try to melt the pellets first, at least part way. They take longer to become liquid, compare to the oils.

Herbal Salve for Eczema

Herbs and essential oils are often used as natural remedies for eczema. I can’t claim or promise that anything I write about here will cure eczema. But I can pass along information as to what others are doing to tackle this stubborn skin condition.

I am unaware of any comprehensive, controlled studies that show essential oils can help eczema. So everything here is to be considered a folk remedy. I did see some anecdotal reports of eczema clearing after using essential oils. But this is not the gold standard of proof we’re looking for.

One of the oils most commonly recommended for skin eruptions is lavender essential oil. Another is chamomile essential oil. Both of these aromatics are well known for being soothing.

Basic Salve Recipe

Okay, so here’s my basic salve recipe. Easy as pie. (Actually, I shouldn’t say that because I’m not a baker. So making a pie would be really difficult, at least for me.) You may have the following ingredients in your house. If not, you can either find them at your local health food store or order them online.

1/4 cup of organic coconut oil (You can get it here)

1/4 cup organic shea butter (You can get it here)

1/4 cup of small beeswax pellets (You can get them here)

Put these ingredients in a sturdy saucepan. I’m so glad I didn’t need to run out and buy a double boiler. Melt them over low heat. Stay close to the stove, so the mixture doesn’t smoke. Remove from heat as soon as they become liquid. Add the essential oils of your choice and pour into a container. (Lavender essential oil is a great choice.) I use empty mint tins.

Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief

Some people find relief from pain with cayenne pepper. I’m not one of them. But I can’t discount it for anyone else. We’re all so different. What works for one person may not work for another. Fortunately, God has given us a wide range of natural remedies. If one doesn’t work, we can always try another.

Cayenne pepper will color the salve recipe a reddish orange. Make sure not to use it on inflamed skin, broken skin or sensitive skin. If it were me, I’d even do a 24-hour patch test on a small spot on the inside of my arm. If there was no irritation, it should be safe to use on wider areas of the body. Definitely keep it away from your eyes.

If I were to make cayenne salve, I’d use the above recipe and add 3/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix, right after I finished heating it.


These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.

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How do you make healing salve with essential oils? ›

  1. Melt beeswax in double boiler.
  2. Once melted, add grapeseed, almond, and vitamin E oil until melted.
  3. Once combined, set aside for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add essential oils and stir.
  5. Pour in container and allow to set for 2 hours.
  6. To use, apply to skin or on chest.

What is the ratio of essential oil to salve? ›

  1. 1 oz. beeswax (use carnauba wax for a vegan salve)
  2. 4 oz. herbal infused oil(s) of your choice (choose one or a combination)
  3. 10-20 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
Aug 23, 2019

How do you make the perfect salve? ›

  1. First you will need to make an infused oil. ...
  2. Take 100ml of your infused herbal oil.
  3. Warm in a bain-marie, add 15g beeswax until it has melted.
  4. Take it off the heat.
  5. Whilst it is still warm add any essential oils you want to.
  6. Pour this into some salve jars.
  7. Allow to cool and then add a lid, label and store.

What are the ingredients in salve? ›

Salves are solid combinations of oils and a wax such as beeswax or soy wax. Creams and lotions, as you're likely familiar with, vary from thicker to more light in texture, and combine oils with water to create a hydrating topical treatment.

How do you make self heal salve? ›

To make: Combine about 1/3 cup crumbled dried self heal with about 3/4 cup oil of your choice (olive or sunflower works well for salves). Leave uncovered and set the jar in a saucepan with a few inches of water; heat over medium low for 2 to 3 hours.

How do you make natural antibiotic salve? ›

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  1. 1/2 Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  2. 1/2 Cup Organic Castor Oil.
  3. 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil.
  4. 10-15 Drops Organic Lemon Essential Oil.
  5. 1/4 Cup Vitamin E Oil.
  6. 1-2 Oz Beeswax Pellets.

What is the best oil to make salve with? ›

Here are the Essential Oils for salves:
  • 5 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
  • 15 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil.
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.
  • 20 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil.
  • 5 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil.
Nov 2, 2022

What is the best carrier oil to mix with essential oils? ›

Some of the most commonly used carrier oils are grapeseed, jojoba, coconut and apricot kernel oils, as these oils are typically similar in structure to our skin's natural sebums and therefore absorb easily and don't cause clogged pores or breakouts.

Can you use too much essential oils topically? ›

DON'T Overdo It

Even when diluted, an essential oil can cause a bad reaction if you use too much or use it too often. That's true even if you're not allergic or unusually sensitive to them.

How do you thicken homemade salve? ›

For instance, if your salve is too hard, melt it down and stir in more carrier oil until you reach the desired consistency. Conversely, if your salve is too runny, add more beeswax or hard butter (e.g., cocoa butter) to thicken it up.

How long to infuse oil for salve? ›

After 3-6 weeks your oil is infused. Place the strainer in the mixing bowl and the cheesecloth over the strainer. Pour your herb oil infusion into the cheesecloth and squeeze the oil out into the bowl to strain the herbs out of the oil. Wash your jelly jar to remove all herb material.

What is the difference between a balm and a salve? ›

Salves tend to be more oily and thinner in consistency, while balms are more thick and waxy. Salves can be better for moisturizing dry skin or treating specific conditions, while balms are better at sealing in moisture and creating a barrier against environmental irritants for general skincare.

What is the salve that draws out infections? ›

ICHTHAMMOL (ik THAM awl) is a topical drawing salve. It is used to treat insect bites or stings and minor skin infections. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

How do you make herbal pain salve? ›

- 1 cup dried arnica flowers - 3 cups extra-virgin olive base oil - 2,000 IU vitamin E oil - 3-4 tablespoons beeswax (use the larger amount if you want a firmer salve) Equipment Needed: 2-quart saucepan or double boiler, stirring utensil, candy or yogurt thermometer, strainer, fine filter, funnel, glass or plastic ...

How do you make moisturizing salve? ›

4 Homemade Salve and Balm Recipes
  1. 1/4 cup of chopped beeswax. 1 tablespoon olive oil. 2 tablespoons coconut oil. ...
  2. 4 tablespoons of organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. 3 tablespoons of rosehip or any essential oil. 4 capsules of vitamin E. ...
  3. 65 grams of distilled water. 1 gram colloidal oatmeal.
Feb 5, 2024

What is the best oil to infuse for salves? ›

Liquid oils for salves, lip, and body care: almond oil, avocado, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil, rice bran, safflower oil, sunflower oil. Of these, a light-colored (opposed to extra virgin) olive oil is the best choice for an all-rounder oil for infusing.

What essential oil replaces Neosporin? ›

Homemade Neosporin Ingredients:

Due to Lavender, Tea Tree (melaleuca), Lemon and Frankincense essential oils it is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal!! Frankincense acts as a coagulant, helping to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts as well as helps re new and repair skin cells.


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