How to Make a Simple Salve

Salve’s are a nourishing, oil-based ointment that are often infused with beneficial herbs and plants to speed healing. These salves help soothe and heal the driest of dry, cracked, chapped and scaly skin. It really is like a miracle cream.

The Benefits and Versatility of Using Essential Oils in a Salve

  • It’s easier to put on and apply, already diluted, and leaves the skin silky smooth, while feeding you and your skin great nutrients.
  • It reduces sensitivity and the soothing, healing properties of coconut and olive oil act as a delivery vehicle, reducing sensitivity and inflammation.
  • It’s chock full of anti-oxidant properties to fight free radicals.
  • The incredible aroma of essential oils married to coconut oil, olive oil and luxurious beeswax will have you wanting to lick your fingers.

OK, lets get started. It’s easy to make a salve. First, we’re going to start with the basic recipe. Below that you can see a list of essential oils you can add to your salve.


  • 1 Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Tropical Traditions Gold Label makes the silkiest salve!)
  • 1 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Beeswax Pastilles
  • 1/2 t. vitamin e oil (optional)


  • Fills {4} – 4 oz glass mason jars or small glass jars of choice.
  • Add essential oils of your choice (see below).
  • For 2 oz containers, add the oils first in the container and then the liquid.

Note: You can speed up the hardening process by placing the jars in the refrigerator for at least a half hour.


  • Crazy good hand moisturizer!
  • Amazing on dry, cracked heels and elbows.
  • All around moisturizer for dry climates… I use it as a body moisturizer and even on my face, sparingly!
  • Soothes and heals chapped lips or any ‘chappy’ place.
  • Soothes welts, burns and sunburn!
  • Great for diaper rash.
  • Keep your animals in mind! Great antiseptic wound care for animals (except cats).
  • Antiseptic properties make it great for cuts and scrapes!
  • Wonderful for elderly folks and their thin, fragile skin.
  • A good remedy for eczema!

Essential Oils You Can Add

Lemon – Lemon is a great alternative for people sensitive to stronger oils like Melaleuca. Lemon is anti-fungal, a gentle detoxifier, germicide, and astringent, and diffuses well in the kitchen.

Clary Sage– Clary Sage is good for good for hormone balance, considered a “woman’s oil” it can soothe stressed nerves and emotions brought on by hormonal cycles, as well as ease menstrual cramping. For better sleep during active hormone cycles or menopause try applying Clary Sage.

Geranium– Geranium is great for anti- aging and skin care. It improves circulation, heals bruised thin skin beautifully, and is non-sensitizing. It improves dental health – try making your own toothpaste using Geranium and Clove Bud. It also promotes a clear complexion for both young and mature ski and is a wonderful Essential Oil to add to an oil cleansing routine.

Oregano – Oregano is great for skin tags and warts. It’s a natural antibiotic and can be used to treat bronchitis, sinus infections and general immunity.

Lavender – Lavender is great for calming, soothing, and great to help calm and heal burns.

Melaleuca – Melaleuca is one of the most powerful Essential Oils. It’s anti-fungal and antimicrobial. It can be used to treat acne, clean up nail fungus, clear dandruff and you’re your immunity. It can be used with Oregano in the cold and flu season.

Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamon Bark can be used to curb hunger and supplement a diet.

Black Pepper – Black Pepper is a good choice for aching joints and muscles, bringing blood flow to the healing process. This essential oil is a warm oil, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, stimulates circulation and gives a boost to immunity.

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