DIY Miracle Healing Salve

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For the past six weeks, I have been exploring alternatives to over-the-counter ointments, salves, and beauty products.  Not only are these products expensive, but as I have learned time and time again, they don’t always work.

Starting with a basic formula for healing salve that I found on the internet, I decided to make my own all-purpose salve and to test it on various ailments to see how it worked.  I added a bit of this, subtracted a bit of that and came up with I call my own Miracle Healing Salve.  The funny thing is that when the final results came in, the formula that worked the best as an all-purpose salve was a version included the same blend essential oils I have been using for muscle aches these past ten plus years.  Go figure.

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As easy as this Miracle Healing Salve is to make – and it is easy – it just works. I will share some of the uses that I have become ecstatic about but first, the recipe.

Miracle Healing Salve – The Recipe

Ingredients:
1  Cup Coconut Oil (not fractionated)
1  Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5  Tbl. Organic Beeswax Pastilles

Containers:
8 each 2 ounce jars or containers ** OR **
4 each 4 ounce mason jars

To each 2 ounce jar add: (double if you are using 4 ounce Mason jars)
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
a few drops of Vitamin E (optional)

1.  Put a pot of water on the stove to simmer.  While the water is heating, put the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax pastilles in a heatproof jar or measuring cup.

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2.  Set the jar filled with the coconut oil, olive oil, and wax into the water and leave it there until it melts, giving it a stir from time to time.  You want a slow, gentle melt so take your time.  It could take 15 or 20 minutes depending on the temperature of the water bath.

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3.  While the ingredients are melting, drop your essential oils into each of the containers.  Hint:  I have found that it is easier to use a glass medicine dropper than the dropper that comes with the bottle of essential oil.  This is optional and a matter of personal preference.

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4.  Pour the melted oils into each of the smaller jars containing essential oils.  There is no need to stir unless you want to since the oils will mix up on their own.

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5.  Cover the jars with a paper towel or cloth and set them aside for up to 24 hours.  Although the salve will start to firm up within minutes, it takes at least 12 hours to complete the firming process.  (The purpose of the cover is to keep out dust, bugs and other nasties that may be floating around.)

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A Word About the Ingredients

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and is antibacterial.  Olive oil is chock full of anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic.  It is a master healer that also helps to prevent scaring.  Rosemary is also antiseptic and an excellent treatment for muscle aches.  Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory and is also antiseptic.  Are you seeing a pattern here?

The optional Vitamin E is an antioxidant and is also used as a natural preservative.

10 Ways (So Far) to Use Miracle Healing Salve

These are the ways I have used this salve with success.  I am sure there are others that are yet to be discovered but these make a darn good start!

1.  Hand and foot moisturizer:  An unbelievably emollient hand and foot moisturizer.  No more dry hands and feet.

2.  Relief for nocturnal foot and muscle cramps (rub on the bottom of your feet and on your calves before going to bed – this really works!)

3.  Eliminates symptoms of eczema and psoriasis:  With the addition of 5 to 10 drops of Melaleuca oil (tea tree) to a jar of Miracle Salver, the patch of psoriasis on Shelly’s elbow has all but disappeared. In the past he has tried everything including diet changes and prescription drugs.  It has taken about 3 weeks for the Miracle Healing Salve to do its thing.  Gone are the ugly crusty patches.

4.  Antiseptic Ointment for life’s little bumps and bruises:  Instead of Neosporin, reach for Miracle Healing Salve to both soothe and heal cuts and scrapes.

5.  Promotes healing of scars:  Slather the Miracle Salve over new scars and watch them heal in days rather than weeks.  You can barely see the scar from my recent surgery. It is no longer tender, red and angry looking.

6.  Makeup Remover: Smear on your face the wipe away your makeup with a damp washcloth.

7.  Facial moisturizer and serum:  Yes, really.  You would think it would be greasy but the oils absorb quickly and leave your face with a nice, dewy texture.

8. Cuticle and nail conditioner: No more ragged cuticles or dry, splitting nails.  This is a byproduct of being diligent about #2.  It just happened without my realizing it.

8. Hair serum: A few drops liquefied in your palms and then smoothed over your hair will leave it shiny and less fly-away.

10.  Relieve pet scratching and itching: Tucker the Dog was scratching himself in one spot on his belly so I put a little Miracle salve on the spot and a couple of days later he stopped.  Was it the smell,  the healing properties or just a coincidence?  I don’t know but it worked.

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The Final Word

You have not heard the last of this.  In addition to Miracle Healing Salve, I have made batches of Tea Tree Skin Ointment and Lemon Salve.  These are themes of the basic formula that were put together to take advantage of the specific properties of oils used in their formulation.  I am also experimenting with an infusions of dried oregano and olive oil.

As with all things at Backdoor Survival, I am testing first posting later.  Stay tuned!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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My recommendation is the Health and Wellness kit which includes all of my favorites or, if you are just getting started, the Essential 4 Pack which includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint.  Be sure to use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount.

Bargain Bin: Here are some links to items used to create custom-crafted Miracle Healing Salve.

White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag)DIY Miracle Healing Salve | Backdoor Survival:  I chose to use these small ointment jars rather than Mason jars for my salve.  I also have similar jars in the 1 ounce size.

Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz:  I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better.  That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6DIY Miracle Healing Salve | Backdoor Survival: I bought a package of these and loved them.  When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers.  Learn from my mistake.  The price is the same go get the glass ones.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  These is what you need for the Miracle Salve: Lavender essential oil,  Rosemary essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil.

NOW Foods Essential OilsDIY Miracle Healing Salve | Backdoor Survival:  My salves were made using essential oils from Spark Naturals.  My sniff test tells me they are stronger and more pure smelling.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price:  NOW Foods Rosemary OilDIY Miracle Healing Salve | Backdoor Survival, NOW Foods Peppermint OilDIY Miracle Healing Salve | Backdoor Survival and Now Foods Lavender Oil.

Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:  So far I am pleased with the Nutiva Coconut Oil.  It is pure-white, USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping. No refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees. I was able to easily liquefy a small amount and put it in a 4 ounce squeeze bottle where I re-liquefy by putting this smaller bottle in a glass of hot tap water.  I paid $26.99 which included free shipping.

Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Liters (Product of Italy)DIY Miracle Healing Salve | Backdoor Survival: If you have a Costco close by, get it their.  Otherwise, you can use this or any other quality extra virgin olive oil.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream. I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the some of its individual components). My bible then, and even now, is this book.

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DIY Miracle Healing Salve — 97 Comments

  1. I am going to try this. Been looking for an all around moisturizer, plus have a dog who constantly itches and licks causing hot spots and a visit to the vet. I know it’s just an estimate but any idea what the shelf life for something like this would be?

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • I read that with the Vitamin E oil, the shelf life was a year. My first batches were 1/2 size and with all the testing, I went through them quickly so shelf life was not a problem. The other thing is that oils rarely go rancid in the cool, PNW climate.

      Just to be safe, given the Texas heat and humidity, I would make half batches and definitely use the vitamin E. (We poked capsules with a pin and squeezed one capsule into each jar at the time we added the EOs.)

      Be sure to check back and let me know how you like the salve.

    • I have a suggestion for your dog’s hot spot issue that I hope will help. Our dog had a hot spot about the size of a quarter. An ugly dark red circle on his hip and the hair fell out. I put coconut oil on it. It began to heal and the hair grew back. I like using something on him that I am sure won’t hurt him if he licks it off. I even give him a small amount to eat if he is having an upset stomach, it seems to help. If you do an online search for the benefits of coconut oil for dogs, you will find a lot of info.
      Gaye,thanks so much for this recipe,I can’t wait to try it. Hubby and I are having a lot of dry hands since winter got here.

  2. Thanks for this tip. I will need to try this as I have been looking for a hand cream to help with the terrible eczema that I have had on my hands for the past year. It is so painful and so far nothing has really worked.

    • I wish I had taken a before and after of Shelly’s elbow so you could see the difference. I guess I should at least do the after picture. Let me know how it goes with your eczema.

  3. I just started making these things and have a problem with the oils separating in the cooling process. They will stay blended if stirred in the little jars while cooling, but won’t if the mixture is just poured into the containers.

    Any suggestions?

    • It may be the brands of oils (coconut, olive and Eos) that you are using. Also, is the coconut oil the solid type or the liquid? I have not had a problem so perhaps you can share more info and we can take it from there. My first batches were in Mason jars so I could see the oils while they were cooling and there was no separation.

      • Thanks! It will be most helpful to talk with others with more experience. I’ve been doing herbal medicines for many years, but only recently got into the coconut oil thing.

        I used Nutiva coconut oil, a very fine pure bee’s wax pellet, and added a tiny bit of honey and vitamin E oil with flavorings to make lip balm. Looking back through what I produced, I think the problem may have been overheating the mixture at the last, since it looks as if the first few tubs I poured cooled mixed. I made so MUCH of it, however, that I’m not sure I want to try it again, at least not right away. What I can do is gently warm the little tubs of separated stuff that I mixed, and see if it will smooth out and not separate. That will tell me a lot. Right now the little tubs look like they are full of gray curds. I want to use these for Christmas gifts… so I had best get cracking. :)

        I got started with this because I have bad keratosis all over, but especially in my scalp. I had tried using just coconut oil, but it made my hair look stringy and limp. Got to reading about it, and thought adding a bit of bee’s wax would help keep most of the oil on the scalp itself. Still have to make that, but I’ve kept using the coconut oil as a scalp conditioner and I seem to be shedding massive amounts of dead skin – hopefully thinning or eliminating the keratosis. I add tea tree oil to the coconut, but have to be very careful. I had some on my fingers and managed to touch my eye once… HOOOO BOY! Not a good idea.

        • I have actually re-mixed a batch because I wanted to add some additional oils and also I wanted to add additional wax. I actually am still testing this one which is my “everything but the kitchen sink” salve.

          I have gas burners on my stove so what I do is bring the water to a slow simmer then turn the burner off. I get about a 90% melt. I then turn the burner on very low for the final melt.

          I wonder if the problem is the honey? Why not take a small amount, re-melt it, add a little more wax and see what happens?

          BTW, I found that using straight coconut oil on my skin and hair was very drying. Mixing it wiith olive oil made a huge difference.

  4. Wonderful lady Gaye. I have to share some of my observations I have about you. When I first started reading your blog, you didn’t have a photo for me to see what you looked like. Then I was able to watch one of your videos on something that took flour. I was happy to see what you looked like, BUT, there is always a but, there you were mixing flour in a black dress. I chuckled, but before the video was over, you had changed into something else. You are learning as you teach. Now I see you mixing melting wax in a bowl, stirring it with what appears to be a knife from your fine silver.
    Another observation. I was concerned over you living on an island in the ocean. I googled you yesterday to see where you lived. You are not in the ocean, you are in a bay. I no longer worry about you. Japan’s radiation is not going to get you through the water, maybe through the air, but it will get all of us then. Also as I googled you with the satellite imagery, I think I saw you in your backyard while taking your dog out for a walk. Go ahead and google yourself and see if that is not you in your green vest.
    Concerning your salve. You just had to make me need more than I have in stock. What in the world is Organic Beeswax Pastilles? Also, you put tea tree oil in your husbands salve, but not yours. Is there a reason? I have plenty of tea tree oil.
    Thanks Gaye for all you do and for putting up with me for all this time. I’ll let you know about the last thing you did for me in a while.

    • Well, if you must know, I was born with high heels on and a dress :). I really am a dress-up kind of person so yes, I do get overly dressed quite often. I typically will garden in white pants which makes good use of my “expired” bleach.

      As far as the knife, that is just an ordinary knife from my kitchen drawer. Yep, the kitchen drawer has the fancy stuff. I am not a believer in squirreling away the good stuff for company.

      We live at a harbor in the Salish Sea – salt water but inland from the Pacific. The green you saw is actually common area in front of our house. We have a tiny back yard – no grass.

      Beeswax pastilles are pellets of beeswax. You could also grate your own but since I had to buy some anyway, I purchased the pastilles. Tea tree is a heavy-duty anti-fungal that I did not thing was necessary for an all-purpose salve. Plus, the smell is a bit obnoxious to my nose.

      Okay now, John. You and the entire world now know a bit more about me. Lousy OPSEC.

  5. How sold does this get? I have made healing salves and lotion bars before and the amount of beeswax in this recipe would indicate to me that it is not completely solid. Is this correct? The lotion bar I make is 1:1:1 ratio of coconut oil, coco butter and beeswax. It is pretty solid until you start to use it.

    • Bo – I have used diluted essential oils on Tucker the Dog with no problem. He does not like the smell of peppermint so I am very careful with that. When I say diluted, I mean with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or in my salve. I may be extra cautious but that is what I do.

      I don’t have a cat but according to my research, cats assimilate oils differently than dogs and that you should use with extreme caution if at all.

  6. Hi Gaye, quick question. Your recipe calls for 5 Tbl. Organic Beeswax Pastilles. Tbl as tablet or Tbl as tablespoon?
    Thanks.
    Keep doing what you do. It is a great deal of help.

  7. I love making my own lotions, so I wanted to mix up a batch of your healing salve. I bought coconut oil that is in a liquid form, but now I don’t think that will firm up. When you listed the ingredients, are you using solid coconut oil? Thanks for what you do. Yvonne

  8. Gaye, I love melting and making my own lotions and wanted to try your recipe for healing salve. I went out today and bought some coconut oil. It is in the liquid form, now I’m not sure this will firm up with all the liquid. Does your recipe call for the solid coconut oil? Thank you for all you do, resources, free books, information on products. (Love my wonder mill). Yvonne

    • Jessica – I don’t see why not. Avocado oil is a high quality, nourishing oil plus it is silky smooth. I considered adding some Jojoba oil as well – for the same reason. Be sure to come back and let us know how it turns out.

      — Gaye

      • It turned out heavenly! I haven’t tried it with the olive oil so don’t know how it compares, but the recipe I whipped up with avocado oil is just amazing. Thank you for posting the recipe! It absorbs beautifully and makes my skin silky soft, even after washing my hands. I made an extra-large batch and am giving out jars for gifts. So far, everyone loves it. Thank you!

  9. Gail; I STARTED DAPPLEING IN DOING THIS TO , I MAKED A HAND CREAM BUT ,WORKS FOR SEVERAL THINGS. IT.S ON DIY TO ;BABY LOTION, COCONUT OIL, DOLLAR GENERAL VIT.E CREAM IN JARS,AND YOUR OILS ETC. SO EASY LOOKS LIKE FROSTING,MY HAIR IS FINE AND I RUB IN AND WASH OUT AND GOT THE DRYNESS OUT FINAILLY, !!!!!!!!!!! MY HUBBY LIKES IT AND GAVE KIDS SOME TOO AND BOTH LIKE . IT MAKES ABOUT MEDIUM SMALL BOWL..THE ORGINAL BATCH CALLED FOR WASELINE BUT DIDN’T USE, I PUT COCOA BUTTER CREAM IN.I BUY FROM BULK A. AND MOUNTAIN ROSE TOO.I;M GOING TO MAKE MORE AND TRY YOUR’S TO MAKE THAT WASH LIGUID UP AND IT’S GREAT! DAWN IS GREAT GOR SO MUCH STUFF.THANK.!DEB

  10. I read your recipe for Miracle Salve and decided to try it. I used Kirkland coconut oil, Kirkland organic olive oil and beeswax candles. I melted the candle to measure the wax. I didn’t know how to measure the wax any other way. When I mixed the three together, the wax melted but congealed and would not mix with the oils.
    This is my first adventure with making salve or anything else.
    Please tell me what I did wrong. I want to be successful at this.

    Also, I am going to order the beeswax pellets online, so how many pellets do you use or, how many pellets make a tablespoon?

    Diane

    • Diane – My guess is that the candle included additives other than beeswax or, perhaps more likely, the melted wax too much, quantity wise. If you want to try using a candle again, grate the candle first then measure out a tablespoon of the grated wax for your salve.

      On the other hand, the pellets are 100% beeswax. They measure our just like you would measure sugar or flour (they are very small). If you purchase a chunk of beeswax, you would grate it first then measure out your tablespoon.

      Regarding the salve you made that did not mix with the oils: try whipping it up into a whipped salve using a hand mixer. That should blend everything together and make it fluffy and usable.

      If you have any additional questions, let me know.

  11. Gaye.. I have to say that after trolling the internet for a long time and making literally dozens of recipes, with varying success rates.. I found your “Miracle”.. This was so simple and effective that I just can’t believe it.. I’ve tried it on everything and everyone I could find.. And it IS truly a miracle..

    I just can’t thank you enough for the easiest and best recipe I have found.. (and cost effective too, after purchasing so many different herbs and oils etc. for less effective recipes.)

    BTW.. I have also made this with jojoba oil and also moringa oil and also Argan oil in place of the Olive oil, and they all turned out great.. (you have to add a little more beeswax with the moringa)..

    I have been using the Miracle as a face cream as you suggested, but I substitute for the peppermint 3 drops of lemon essential oil to brighten the skin.. (which I need to keep the age spots away).. Works beautifully..

    Let us know how your other experiments turn out.. Keep up the good work and Thanks again sooooo much..

    Trisa

    • Trisa. Where do you get Moringa oil. I grow Moringa trees to make powder out of their leaves, but I have never seen Moringa oil, nor have I ever heard of it.

      • John,
        How wonderful that you can grow your own trees.. And able to make your own powder..
        You should be able to make your own oil as well.. There is info on doing that on the internet. You should look into it..

        But to answer your question, you can pick it up on Amazon or E Bay.. I purchase the Dr. Adorable brand because it is Pure cold-pressed Oil and a good quality..

        Trisa

  12. Hi, Gaye. Love Backdoor Survival! Just getting started on all things prepping and you are my “go-to” person for helpful info! I have a “wonderment” ( as my Grandma used to say) about measuring the coconut oil. Do you measure a cup of solid oil or do you measure a cup of melted oil? Thanks for everything you do, especially for newbies like me. Karen

  13. Karen – I was just thinking this morning that there has to be a better way to scoop out the rock solid coconut oil than to use a melon ball gizmo. We keep our home pretty cool and the coconut oil is like a brick. I was thinking about setting it next to the fireplace for an hour or so to soften it.

    At the end of the day, I don’t think it matters whether the coconut oil is melted or not. Just be aware that the fractionated (liquid) form of coconut oil is not what I am using here. I do not believe it will work in the same way!

    When I make salve, I measure the olive oil in a cup (say its one cup) then add the coconut oil (solid) until the oil rises to the two cup mark. I then melt the hold thing in a water bath. Does that make sense?

    — Gaye

  14. Gaye… I keep my coconut oil on the counter next to my stove (since I also use it for cooking)..
    And it stays in a liquid state.. You could also put it in the center of the stove top for awhile if
    you know you are going to be using it soon…

    About the fractionated coconut oil.. It does work the same, and some like it better because they say it’s non-comedogenic (doesn’t plug the pores).. But unless you have problems with breakouts, I feel the all natural product is better for nourishing the skin.. (and certainly better
    for you than the processed vegetable oils many people use for cooking)

    Hope this was helpful.. And as always keep up the good work..

    Trisa

    • Very helpful – thank you. I had a couple of emails from readers that said their salve made with fractionated coconut oil did not harden up and stayed liquid. Do you find you need to add more beeswax?

      I am hesitant to use (and recommend) the fractionated coconut oil because of the cost but I really need to try it myself to see what happens.

  15. Gaye… I have found with the recipes I have put together.. that the amount of beeswax is always variable depending on your environment.. But you do need a bit more for fractionated oil..
    But fractionated oil in my opinion it is not as nourishing for the skin.. But for people that are prone to breakouts, it is a necessity..

    As far as Pure Olive oil is concerned, it is actually a blend of either extra virgin or virgin olive oil and olive oils that are refined. It is used mainly when extracted olive oil is of poor quality.. I wouldn’t recommend it as a first choice.. But if your budget is tight it can be substituted.. And for most people it will work just fine.. But if you develop blackheads etc.. go back to EVOO.. Remember your skin is the judge of what works for you.. No two people are the same..

    Light Olive oil is never to be used on your skin.. It can be 95% other types of oils, including canola, which is actually rapeseed oil which no one should ever use.. (for cooking either IMHO).

    Stick to the cold-pressed extra virgin.. It is the very best for your skin.. For cooking the Pure is just fine..

    Trisa

    • Amen on the canola. Talk about the public being brainwashed.

      Many of the readers here on Backdoor Survival are on fixed incomes so I always like to provide budget friendly options. But I agree, EVOO rocks!

  16. OK, I don’t care what they say about you being just another pretty face. I may procrastinate, but my order of bees wax came in and I made this “miracle” salve yesterday Jan 15. Wouldn’t you know it I awoke with a foot cramp this morning that just wouldn’t go away. I had to hobble to the kitchen to get the salve, but in less than 2 minutes the cramping was gone. I don’t know how to send a hug, but here comes one. Thanks Gaye

    • Oh John, can I say I told you so? I would not post bogus information – I really do try everything. Now that I think about it, I should share more bloopers so you/everyone do not make the mistakes I do. I do have a spot for bloopers on the Sunday Survival Buzz buy by the time the week rolls around, I have moved on and forgotten about them.

      For the last month or so, Shelly and I have been using what we call our Dreamy Sleepy salve and the Aches and Pains salve (for his arthritis). Also Oil of Oregano for further healing of psoriasis. So much to write about – all three are proving to be fantastic.

      Stay tuned – as always.

      • Gaye..

        I use Oil of Oregano in your salve recipe for my patch of psoriasis on my leg (3 drops).. And it works wonderfully..

        Keep us posted on your other preparations.. And keep up the good work.. We need you…

        Trisa

        • Trisa – Oil of Oregano is truly amazing. My oil of Marjoram just arrived and I am anxious to try it. It is my understanding that it is a good substitute for some of the higher priced oils.

          • Gaye..

            You’ll Love Marjoram.. It has so many uses as I am certain you know.. But for others that might not, here are some documented uses..
            Arthritis, asthma, blood pressure (regulates), bronchitis, circulatory disorders, colic, cramps, constipation, insomnia, migraines, menopausal problems, rheumatism, reduce water retention, whooping cough, muscular cramps and spasms, aches and pains, sprains.

            For myself, I use it in place of Tea Tree Oil.. I just don’t care for the strong smell of Tea Tree, and since Marjoram has similar properties and a much better scent.. It is a great substitute..

            Try it in your miracle salve as a replacement for tea tree in your psoriasis treatment.. I’m certain you will be pleased with the results..

            I also put it in my home-made medicinal soaps
            And use a 50:50 dilution to rub on my forehead and temples (sometimes back of neck) for headaches… (you can use almost any carrier oil for your dilution).. This is also good to use on bruises..

            And it can always be substituted for Oil of Oregano..

            Congrats.. and let us know how it goes…
            Trisa

      • You ask what I did this week to prepare. My daughter was visiting just after I made my salve. She had fallen and had a very sore spot on her leg and she said it hurt quiet a bit when she tried to get up. I gave her the salve to try. She thought it was helping. Her husband has problems with leg cramps at night, so I gave them a 4 oz jar. You know what is coming next. She has told all her friends about this “miracle” and pleaded with me to make more. She must be selling this stuff on E Bay to want so much of it. You know what dads are for, so I keep making it.
        When I combine the EVOO and the coconut oil, I put it in the microwave and nuke it to where it and the bee’s wax will melt. Is there a problem with this?

        • No problem with nuking the salve as long as it does not get too hot. You don’t want to add the essential oils until it has cooled off a bit.

          BTW, I have been using the less expensive Pure Olive Oil with good results. I find that when I do, I need a bit more wax. Also, I have been having good luck using marjoram essential oil on Shelly’s arthritis. I keep adding so many things to the salve that I started calling one of my concoctions “The Everything But the Kitchen Sink” salve.

          • In the Pyrex measuring cup, I have the 2 cups of oils and wax. I bring it up 20 seconds at a time until the wax melts.
            When you add the marjoram, do you leave everything else in also, or take something out? Are you experimenting with how much to use of are you going with the same 10 drops?

          • John – I am definitely experimenting. Right now I am trying a little jar of 2 tsp. of basic salve (no oils) plus 5 drops of marjoram. That is a pretty heavy dose of oil for that small amount but it does seem to provide some relief.

            To be more specific, sometimes I add an additional 10 drops of something new to the basic mixture (lavender, rosemary and peppermint) and others times I leave something out. Still messing around LOL.

  17. Have you tried making salve, lotion, etc. with chamomile? If so, did you use the essential oil? There are a number of choices: german, roman, wild, blue, etc. Somewhat confusing. I have restless leg syndrome & read on one site that chamomile would be a good solution. Would like to make the miracle salve and include it. I drink the tea all the time and it sometimes helps with the restless leg. FYI: I was raised by gr-mother who was, more or less, the neighborhood witch doctor. If she thought a kid was coming down with measles, chicken pox, etc. she always gave them chamomile tea. Said it brought out the ‘spots’ and once they had appeared, the sickness was far less severe.

    • Pat..

      Chamomile is wonderful used in home preparations..
      I use it in place of water in some of my diy lotions..
      I boil 2 teabags or 2 tblsps of loose tea.. in a cup of water
      let steep for an hour or so.. then strain…

      As far as the essential oil.. There is some difference between the varieties, such as between the Roman and German..
      The German contains a higher proportion of chamazulene, an active chemical constituent. This compound is a potent anti-inflammatory that has proven highly effective as a herbal remedy for conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and gastritis.

      Roman chamomile has little chamazulene, and thus has gentler anti-inflammatory properties. It is the better choice for skin conditions and other topical applications.

      But don’t worry about this in your preparations.. Just use what is available and affordable.. You can’t go wrong..

      Use 5 drops in Gayes miracle salve.. and it should be helpful with your restless leg..

      Hope this helps..
      Trisa

  18. I have a couple of oregon grape bushes. Any way to make your own oil, etc. from berries, roots, etc? About all I know they’re good for is jelly. Very sour! I also have dry-eye problems. Anyone have any suggestions. Only thing I’ve found is suggestion to take flaxseed oil caps.

    • Pat..

      Making you own oil is time consuming but it can be done..

      1
      Collect the pomace (the pulpy residue remaining after fruit has been crushed in order to extract its juice). Place it in a dehydrator and dry it fully. this will take eight to 12 hours. You may have to do this several times to get enough dried pomace, since the grape seeds produce very small amounts of oil.

      2
      Remove the seeds from the rest of the pomace. You also need to shell the seeds. This can be a slow process. Get the kids to help.

      3
      Get a couple of plastic containers, one larger than the other..
      (You can also use cans)
      Cut or punch several small holes in the bottom of your larger container. Then put the seeds inside and place the smaller container inside the larger one. This will be your press. Hold the press over a bowl and press out your oil. Store the oil in bottles for later use.

      The oil is good for cooking or for your skin (softens wrinkles)..
      ……………………………

      Dry eye is usually caused by blockages, you can help to clear these with massage.. Try massaging the eyes underneath with the knuckle of your thumb from the inner corner of the eye out (not the other way). also under the eyebrow in the same manner..
      This can often help clear blockages.. Also when watching tv or computer, take blink breaks often.. When going outside for extended periods, wear sunglasses or goggles..
      Also a little Almond Oil can help moisturize around the eye area.. (a tiny amount used with the massage technique might help)
      Commercial eye drops etc.. do not work long term and can keep you dependent on them.. So avoid them if at all possible..

      Hope this will be helpful to you..
      Trisa

  19. I am HIGHLY allergic to anything coconut. I was wondering if you’ve ever used anything in its place? If not, what would you suggest I try? Thank you.

    • Sheila – I have experimented using 100% olive oil. I did have to add about half again as much beeswax since the olive oil does not solidify like the coconut oil does. Other than that, it was fine. BTW, pure olive oil versus EVOO is less expensive, has less odor, and is lighter in color. The healing qualities are similar.

  20. Hello Gaye, I’ve been following your posts for a while however I haven’t actually taken the time to really thoroughly read much of your information, well tonight I have thank the good Lord. I wanted to check in with you first to say I am really very impressed with how informative your information is, I’m anxious to try your recipe, I have pretty severe arthritis, and pretty much have only used exercise to help it up to this point in my life, However I’m at a crossroads and needing something more, but I’m 53 and don’t take any medication for anything at all as of yet, and I really don’t want to start, not yet. I’ve read most of your comments with other viewers, and I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I need to get started, Now I’ve got to dig deeper into your older posts to see what I’ve missed by not taking more time to read all your posts.. Not for lack of interest, just lack of sit down time..lol I’m sure I’ll be paying better attention in the future.. Thank you for taking your time to help others.

  21. I think I finally have everything I need to make a batch! My husband has been having fantastic results on a patch of excema using a similar, but store-bought product (not sure if I should say it here, it’s “All Good Goop”), but it’s ridiculously expensive. The ingredients are almost identical to Miracle Healing Salve, except for the addition of comfrey and chamomile essential oils. Since I have those on hand, I’d like to add them to your recipe. How many drops of each would you recommend, and would I need to increase the beeswax?
    I LOVE your blog! I’ve learned so much that my hubby calls me “crunchy granola.” I’m okay with that :)

    • Robynne – There is really no set rule as to how many drops of something “extra” to add. Also, the amount depends on the size of your jar. But as an example, if you added 10 drops each of the rosemary, lavender and peppermint, I would add the same for the add-ons. Another approach would be to take the original 30 drops and divide by 5 – so 6 drops each – to maintain the same proportions.

      All that being said, feel free to experiment. That is what I do. And yes, I would add a bit more beeswax – 1 or 2 teaspoons – but that too, is a matter of preference. Some folk like a goopier salve than others.

      Hope this helps.

    • non-fractionated coconut oil is “regular” coconut oil that is semi-solid and typically sold in a tub. There is a link in the Bargain Bin section of the article to coconut oil that can be purchased on Amazon but you can also purchase it at most grocery stores or even Costco.

      In reality, the “fractionated” or liquid form is more difficult to find.

  22. Can I use this on a 3 month old? He has extremely bad eczema all over and none of the doctors directions and things to use are working, he just keeps getting worse poor little guy.

    • Suzy – Sorry for the delay. I wanted to do some research before answering your question. From everything I have learned, yes, the healing salve should be perfectly fine on your infant. I did read a number of testimonials indicating that a blend of the following oils worked so you may want to start with these instead of those I wrote about in the article.

      Per 4 oz jar add:
      10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
      8 drops Lemon Essential Oil
      6 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil

      Be sure to check back and let me know if this works!

      • Thank you for researching! I did some too and decided to go ahead and give it a go as momma was desperate. But the poor little guy woke up even crustier than before. My daughter said it turned yellowish and scabby. Is it suppose to do that???? Don’t know much about eczema but the only thing that seems to not crust him over is aquaphor but it’s not stopping it from spreading. I am ordering the Melaleuca you mentioned above and going to try this combination out and will let you know….

        • Wouldn’t the crusting and scabbing indicate that healing is going on? I recently had surgery on my right eye lid and a week later the scar was huge and oozy. The doc said to let it crust over and scab and sure enough, in a few days it got better.

          I had been using the salve on my wound but switched to straight lavender and frankincense to promote the scabbing. It has now been two months and you have to look really hard to see the scar.

          I would not recommend using a straight essential oil on an infant though. Perhaps dilute in some coconut oil first – worth a try as an alternative to the salve.

  23. Hi there, I love the sound of this and have bought the ingredients, but dean you tell me how much a cup is in grams or ml? We don’t have cup measurements in the uk :(
    Thanks!

    • Sally – I used a conversion table and came up with 1 cup = 236.588 ml. A conversion to grams would not apply because grams are dependent on mass (and therefore what is inside the cup).

  24. I’ve just started using EOs and love them. Haven’t started making salves or lotions yet, but this sounds like a great recipe. I have a question – how long would last – would it turn rancid at some point? Thx!

    • Sandy – Adding a few drops of Vitamin E oil will act as a preservative. That said, I go through it so fast that I don’t worry about rancidity. If you cannot keep your spare jars cool, try storing them in the fridge. My guess, however, is you will use them up in just a couple of months :)

  25. Hi
    I a from singapore and I made this twice. Once with coconut oil and one without. It appears to work well and my daughter’s eczema has improved. Thanks for sharing

    • I have had good success using 100% olive oil and no coconut oil. The results are softer so I would suggest adding another teaspoon or two of the beeswax. This also makes a good, budget-friendly version.

  26. My husband found your recipe on the internet and brought it home to me because he knows I like to make my own stuff that is healthier and better (most times) than what you can get in the stores.
    Four years ago I was breaking a wild burns mustang I had acquired. Unfortunately, while I was working with him on April 12, 2010, he spooked, threw me, and when I landed, my left knee was completely blown out! I lost my ACL, MCL, and my meniscus.
    This happened in a very hard time in my life when insurance was not available to me. I fought for 6 months to find a dr to help get me walking again. I had to be taken care of by my mother for almost a year! 6 months waiting for a surgery, then 6 months almost for recovery.
    Since the surgery was just to reconnect my MCL, just so I could walk on my own again, I experience severe and excruciating pain in my left knee/leg on a daily basis.
    GOD BLESS you and all your hard work and time, finding the right mix to invent this salve recipe!
    I made my first batch two months ago. It came out perfectly. I made a double batch with desperate hope that it would really be a “miracle”. I have to say I was not disappointed!! Not one bit! I made 16, 2oz jars. My husband and I share the salve and I have given 10+ jars to people I care about who complain about aches and pain. I am now gearing up to make more because very one loves it!
    I have even added tea tree oil to help with my moms skin issues. Since I moved her to the desert with my husband and I her skin got worse so I hooked her up with her own jars with the tea tree oil! :)
    So the first time I tried the salve, my knee was killing me!!! I could not sleep, it hurt to walk,… And after I got the salve applied, I laid down to wait to see what was going to happen,.. And I woke up the next day, pain free. It worked so well, I cried. I mean I flat out sobbed!!
    I have lived with this sickening pain for almost 4 years, and here it feels like your slave has saved my life! I carry a jar everywhere! In my purse, my car, my husband even carries one in his work truck!
    You have got me so excited over the healing properties, of natural things, I want to figure out how to add shea butter and maybe even jojoba oil. We do live in the desert! Thank you again, From the bottom of my heart! What You have done unknowingly for my family and myself, just doing what you love to do, is incredible and I can never find enough words to show you thanks and my eternal gratitude! You are an amazing person! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!

    • Michelle – To say I am thrilled for you is an understatement. Like you, I add additional e.o.s to the base salve of rosemary, lavender and peppermint whenever I need a boost for extra healing.

      One essential oil that has proven to be powerful for pain is marjoram. The nice thing is that marjoram is one of the really inexpensive oils – just add in the same proportion as the others (5 drops to a 2 oz. jar or 10 to a 4 oz. jar).

      Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

  27. Hi! I was wondering how you think it would effect the consistency to add some aloe gel to this recipe? Do you think it will make it separate due to not being an oil? Also I wanted to infuse the olive oil with broadleaf plantain before making it. What are your thoughts on that? Thanks!

    • Kiera – I can’t comment on the Aloe Vera specifically but it seems to me the beeswax would act as a binding agent. You might want to try some to a single jar and see what happens. Infused olive oil is another story – I know for sure that works. I have used EVOO infused with oregano leaves (after they have been dried. Keep experimenting and let us know how it all works out.

  28. I have read that rosemary increases blood pressure and as that is a medical issue I have, is there another oil I could substitute for the rosemary? Thanks for posting this, I am so anxious to try it out!

    • Try Marjoram essential oil which, by the way, I often add to my basic recipe because it is a good pain reliever (and modestly priced as well). Another good one to use is Melaleuca (tea tree).

  29. Gaye, firstly gratz on your amazing site, and thank you too for you wealth of advice.

    If I may, I’d like you try adding some Turmeric oil, to complete the ultimate miracle salve. Topical turmeric salves and ointments can help reduce localized inflammation caused be acne. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that help treat wounds and hasten healing, and preventing spread of infection. Turmeric and aloe vera combine to make a soothing paste for sunburned skin and even help with bruised skin. There are chemicals in turmeric that can decrease the swelling or inflammation and redness caused by various skin conditions including eczema.

    So another great all rounder with amazing properties.

    • Dusty – I have seen some recipes for salves using turmeric that has been infused in olive oil. Is that what you suggest or do you use turmeric essential oil. The latter is a bit more difficult to source but doable.

      I definitely want to give this a try an will report back on the results. The only problem is I don’t have anything at the moment that needs healing which is, I suppose, a good problem to have.

  30. Gaye can you help me? I have serious pain in muscle and joints. Which salve do you recommend for me. I just bought the ingred. for the Miracle Healing Salve but you also have an Achy-Breaky Salve. Which one do I make?
    Thank You for all the info. you put out!!!!
    Cher

    • I had a dental emergency and am not at home where I have all of my recipes plus my big fat desk reference manual for essential oils. So, based on memory, what I would do is add 10 drops of Lemongrass to the basic healing salve (2 oz jar) or 20 drops to the 4 oz jar. Through trial and error, I have found that Lemongrass is a wonder-oil for muscle aches. (Plus it is one of the less expensive oils.)

      If it is more of an arthritic pain (deep joint pain), I would use a combination of birch, geranium, and something else (lemongrass??) in roller ball mixed with FCO. Let me know and I will look up the exact recipe for you next week. FCO = Fractionated coconut oil.

  31. I completely forgot to add the vitamin e. What is the shelf life without it? I could remelt it, but I am worried that would affect the quality of the oils I put in.

    • I mostly leave out the vitamin E these days. I make small batches and use it up so quickly that there is no change of spoilage. In the heat of summer (and it is rarely that hot where I live), I store my spare jars in the fridge. Even so, I think that since I use a batch up within 3 months, there is problem.

      I really do need to write an update to the article based upon current trial, errors, and new formulations over and beyond the basic healing salve (which is still my favorite).

  32. Gaye, I just made this yesterday, and it still has hardly set up. It’s been almost 24 hours. I followed the recipe to the T. I am wondering if more beeswax should be added? It’s pretty liquid actually. I want to remelt it, but what about the oils that I added? will those be compromised?

    • I am very surprised that it did not set up. Two questions: what type of beeswax did you use and how hot is it in your home? My home is pretty cool so it sets up in about 6 hours. You could try putting a jar in the fridge to see if it sets up that way. My guess, however, is that something is up with beeswax.

      I have successfully remelted my salves so I could add additional oils. Just remember to use low heat and take it slowly. I have also used the microwave, watching it closely. Once, however, I spilled the entire jar of liquid salve removing it from the microwave so I don’t do that anymore; what a mess!

      As long as you do not boil the oils, they should be okay. Like I said, reheat the salve slowly on low heat in a pan of water. I don’t know the size of your jars but you could experiment with one jar to see what happens. After adding the extra wax, put it in the fridge and see if it begins to set. up okay.

      I have made salves with 100% olive oil and they still set up so this is puzzling to me.

  33. I don’t know what happened. I keep my house at 68-70F and used 5tbsp (tablespoons) of beeswax like you said. The stuff was VERY runny, and all my ingredients were organic.
    What I did is grate another 1 3/4 cup beeswax, and melt it at a low heat. I poured all the balm out into another container and mixed it up. In the containers I used, i did put squeeze two vitamin e capsules into each one, and a couple more drops of oil to make sure it still smelled ok. Did that this morning and they set up just fine, but just to be sure, I put it in the fridge. Nothing is wrong with my beeswax, I just wonder if the original recipe doesn’t call for enough? Either way, I just tweaked it to make it work for me. More beeswax seems to be better for me.

    • Okay, now this is making sense. My recipe uses beeswax pastilles and not grated beeswax. My guess is that volume by weight is not the same. When I get back home, I will weigh out some of the beeswax pastilles (although I thought I had done so already for someone) so if a person is using grated beeswax, they can measure out the proper amount.

      Thanks for letting me know.

  34. Great stuff! Takes most of the ichiness from mosquito bites away for me and I have no bumps 24 hours later where I used to have bumps for days. After I had some skin removal surgery, it served triple duty -the oiliness helps with ouchless bandaid removal if I smear some around the edges of the bandaid before removal; it also immediately soothes the red irritated regular skin from a “bandage hickey” where the edges have been getting pulled on by adhesive all day; and it helps retain moisture for the growth of new skin and is antibiotic on the healing wound itself. Mine has tea tree and a little ‘thieves’ oil in it extra, 3 drops per 2 oz jar each oil.

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