How To Make A Super Simple Pain Relief Salve

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How To Make A Super Simple Pain Relief Salve

This is a guest post from reknowned herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt.

Before we had microscopes and an understanding of chemical constituents, we used our senses to explore and make sense of the world around us. In herbalism there is a long tradition of using the taste of herbs to shine insight into how we use them.

The ingredients in this salve include camphor and menthol. These plant extracts are amazing at relieving pain. This recipe uses them in an oil base that is hardened into a salve.

Although this recipe is for external use, not for tasting, when you give camphor and menthol a whiff your senses will be immediately engaged. These plant extracts have a strong aromatic and pungent smell.

I like to use herb-infused oils for this, cottonwood being one of my favorite. Your own favorite herbal pain-relieving oil can be used as well.

The following recipe is part of the upcoming Taste of Herbs Course.

How To Make A Super Simple Pain Relief Salve

What you’ll need…

Heat the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler or on really low heat. – 1 cup oil (optional herb-infused oil)

– 1 ounce beeswax
– 20 grams coconut oil
– 1/2 tablespoon of menthol crystals
– 1/2 tablespoon of camphor crystals

Once it is melted, remove from heat and add the camphor and menthol. Stir until dissolved. (I like to use a popsicle stick that I then throw away.)

Add the oil. If necessary add a bit more heat until everything is melted.

Pour into jars or tins and label for external use.

To use: rub it into the affected area. Then, cover that area with something you don’t mind getting oily such as old clothing or a scarf.

Wash your hands after use to avoid accidentally getting it into your eyes or sensitive mucous membranes. 

Taste Of Herbs Flavor WheelThis recipe is an excerpt from the upcoming course, Taste of Herbs. Taste is an amazing way to learn HOW herbs work.

Rosalee created the Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel (pictured left) to help people learn herbalism using their sense of Taste.

Get the free Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel here.

About The Author:

Rosalee de la Forêt is the creator of Taste of Herbs, a new course by LearningHerbs and Mountain Rose Herbs. Rosalee is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator and founder of Herbal Remedies Advice.


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