I love this salve because it is made with mostly ingredients you might already have on hand. It is extremely effective and what I really love about it is watching the color of the oil change during infusion. When I see the oil absorb the color of the herbs, then I know it has also absorbed their medicinal benefits. The star of this salve is cayenne pepper which is a topical analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and increases circulation. Cayenne applied to the skin can help to reduce pain and is particularly beneficial for arthritis and neuropathy.
Ginger, cinnamon, and clove are also anti-inflammatory, ease aches and pains, and increase circulation. So, with all these powerful household herbs put together, you have an extraordinary circulation-promoting salve that relieves pain and speeds healing time.
My favorite oils to infuse are oils that absorb well and don’t have too strong of a smell such as sunflower oil, fractionated coconut oil, and avocado oil. Feel free to use what you have on hand if that means olive oil or sesame oil, those will do the trick. Of course I recommend using a high quality, preferably organic oil, because the skin is our largest organ and what we put on it is absorbed into the blood stream!
Warming, Relieving, Anti-inflammatory, & Circulatory Salve Ingredients:
- cayenne powder
- ginger powder
- cinnamon powder
- arnica flowers
- cramp bark
- preferred oil of choice
- CBD oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
- essential oil of clove, black pepper, or rosemary (these essential oils are known for their pain relieving and circulation promoting qualities, feel free to choose essential oils that you prefer)
First fill a jar with the herbs you wish to use. Pour oil over the herbs, cap tightly, and shake. You will want to shake the herbs once or twice a day for about two weeks. You will notice the oil turns a deep red from the cayenne powder. After two weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil using a piece of cloth. (I recommend actual cloth rather than cheesecloth because of the powdered herbs in this recipe).
Once the oil is strained, use a double boiler to heat the oil and melt the beeswax. (To double boil, just put your saucepan in a slightly larger saucepan of water). Once the beeswax is melted you can do a test to see if it is the firmness you like your salve to be. Just get a little of the salve onto a spoon and put the spoon in the freezer. In just a few moments the salve will cool and you will be able to feel if it is the desired consistency. If it is not firm enough, add more beeswax.
This salve is super potent! I think it’s because the powdered herbs infuse so well into the oil. I hope you try it out on your own because making medicine for ourselves is so empowering!