Homemade Salve

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Homemade Salve

March 1, 2019 Herbal Medicine 0
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Chilli and Clove Salve

Well I’ve been wanting to make this for a while and it seemed like today was the perfect day to do it check out my homemade salve.

I’ve been wanting to do some video content for a while but like with many things my confidence often stops me, so go easy on me 😆

Disclaimer 
I in no way claim any responsibility for the accuracy or application of this information, I’m very much a novice with natural medicine and would hate to see anyone have an issue because of it, I can vouch chilli in the eye is not fun!!! Do your due diligence, stay safe and have fun!


 

laying out the ingredients


 

I often find the grind of life leads me to push hard long days that often lead to tension headaches, one thing I hate doing is taking pills unnecessarily and potentially forming a dependency on them.

With that in mind, I set about looking into natural ways to relieve tension headaches

Ingredients used

  • 100% beeswax
  • Sunflower oil (easily substituted for others)
  • Homegrown dried chilli
  • Clove essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil

 


The base

The beeswax is the main base of this and will be used to “carry” the other ingredients. The sunflower oil is added in a quantity that will depend on what consistency you want your salve to be.

I added roughly 50% of the overall weight in sunflower oil and this lead to a firmer salve which is perfect for what I want as it will stop me using it all super quick, but when I do it again i’ll probably add in a bit more sunflower oil to create a slightly softer finish.

Why chilli?

To summarise this, its to do with the properties of the Capsicum contained within. When reading up on this it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which sounded perfect for what I was interested in, It’s actually much more interesting than I thought as id only ever thought of them as fiery little things added to my cooking but its something I’m going to look into in more detail off the back of this. so this definitely had to go in the homemade salve!


Ignore the oregano oil, I chose not to use it in the end.


Clove oil 
This was an interesting one, not one I know much about other than its used in fish keeping for anaesthetizing fish and used widely for treating toothache for its aesthetic properties. I did a bit of research into it and found a lot of warnings and conflicting information, but reading around it appears to a good anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, (also good for premature ejaculation apparently 😆could explain the funny looks when I asked for it and said it wasn’t for my teeth haha!)

Eucalyptus oil 
This is another great essential oil for pain relief and has a wonderful smell, I’m really looking forward to using this in other applications when I can.

I can’t begin to explain how much enjoyed making this.


 

How to make the Homemade Salve

  • Step one – Cut up the beeswax and melt
  • Step two – Cut up the chilli and add to the wax
  • Step three – add the essential oils (I went with 6 drops clove, 8 drops Eucalyptus)
  • Step four – add in the sunflower oil and stir
  • Step five – allow to cool and check consistency
  • Step six – remelt and add more sunflower oil if required
  • Step seven – pour into containers and allow to cool
  • Step eight – rub into those afflicted areas and feel it work wonders

Massive thank you to everyone involved in the @naturalmedicine  community, for sharing your passion and giving me the drive to learn more about the world we live in and all those amazing plants that can nourish, heal and help us grow. I totally can’t wait to make more homemade salve in the future.


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All the best

D.

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