DIY: Soothing Salve

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Submitted by April Sollars, Tooele, UT

“This is an amazing salve recipe that does wonders for irritated skin!”


A good salve can be the base to many amazing recipes. Similar to the texture of petroleum jelly, you can customize this salve with essential oils to meet your needs. Add Breathe to help open up airways, Serenity or Lavender to help you sleep better, or Citrus Bliss for an invigorating moisturizer. The options are endless!

What You Need:

1/2 cup grapeseed oil

1/2 cup almond oil

2 tablespoons beeswax

1/2 tablespoon vitamin E oil

5 drops Lavender, Cypress, Melaleuca, Frankincense, and Eucalyptus essential oils

Note: This salve recipe has an aroma that will help open up your airways. This is a must have during winter months!



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. You’re done! To use, apply to skin or on chest to help ease breathing.


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  1. I “tried” to make this salve using shea butter (3 Tbsp) instead of bees wax, but it didn’t get thick. Is there a way I can fix using bees wax without ruining the oils with heat?

  2. Whenever I make salves, I heat all the product and then wait for the mixture to cool for a few minutes before adding the oils so that the oils are not damaged. Then I put them in the fridge to harden. Never had a problem. Hope this helps!

  3. I think you can melt the beeswax and let it cool a little before adding it to the salve you have, then mix it up and let it cool, hopefully it will harden.

  4. This is a great idea and I cannot wait to make it. I am wondering if by adding 25 drops of Deep Blue in place of the other oils would this work as a soreness or pain relief salve?

  5. My dad has ezema and I’m wondering if this would be good for his legs. Any suggestions on oils to use?

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