Custom Healing Salves the Easy Way With Spark Naturals

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Custom Healing Salves the Easy Way With Spark Naturals

Two and a half years ago, I took a tried and true combination of essential oils and and combined them into a salve.  A few months after that, I shared the directions for making the salve and that, as they say in the movies, is history.  Salves became my thing as I mixed various combinations of essential oils with a simple salve to concoct my own skin care health remedies.

This has been a wild ride filled with knowledge as I have learned to use my custom salves to resolve many day to day first aid and health-related woes.  Together we have come a long way since many of you have also begun to make salves, use them, and experiment on your own with new combinations of essential oils.

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Through all of this, there has been a common thread in both the comments and in my email inbox.

“Gaye, I would love to try your salve recipe but I don’t want to make it myself.  Would you please sell some to me?”

My answer is always the same.

As much as I would like to help, I do not have the time to create salves for resale.  It really is quite easy though, and I do hope you try to make some yourself”.

Last fall, I had a number of conversations with Spark Naturals about the success of my salve recipe and was clued in to the news that they would soon be offering some custom crafted salves, included a base salve that you could purchase so that you can add your own oils, just like I do.   I may have mentioned this casually in the past but as always, I wanted to give them a try before sharing them with you.

Voila! Today is that day.  Not only that, Spark Naturals has generously provided a kit of six different salves in a giveaway to one lucky reader.  I am so thrilled I can hardly stand it.

The New Salves From Spark Naturals: Something For Everyone

There are six new salves in the Spark Naturals product line with more coming later this year.  Here is a description of each.

Base Salve: This is a foundation salve and is comparable to my Simple Salve.  Using base salve, you can add your own oils to mix and match and concoct your own unique salves.

Restore Healing Salve: This is a healing salve. It is similar to my own DIY Miracle Healing Salve with the exception that it incudes Melaleuca (known to many of you as Tea Tree) and Frankincense (a fantastic healer) as opposed to Peppermint essential oil.  Restore Salve is designed to help with dry and cracked skin, sores, and other topical ailments.

Revive Vapor Rub Salve: Like my own DIY version, this is designed to help with cold and flu symptoms. You can also apply it to muscles and joints for temporary relief of minor aches and pains.

Defense Protective Salve: Defense is designed to help protect and defend in times of need. It is similar to Shield, a Thieves-like blend.  The ingredients are Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.

Dream Sleep Blend:  Dream is designed to help you rest, calm down and let your body get the sleep it needs. I don’t know about you, but most preppers I know have issues with sleep, probably due to those never ending to-do lists.

Focus Concentration Salve: Focus is designed to help with concentration, meditation, stress and overall mood.

Each of these salves are formulated and blended using the highest quality products including 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E.  Each jar is approximately 40ml or 1.4 ounces.

A Word About Vitamin E

If you search the internet looking for salve recipes, you may see that many add Vitamin E, indicating it is a preservative.  I may have even said so myself, in error.

The truth, as I have recently learned, is that Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant and not technically a preservative.  That means when it is added to other oils, it will help prolong the shelf life of an oil otherwise exposed to oxygen and therefore, oxidation.  Vitamin E also aids in skin healing, especially on wounds.

When I asked Spark Naturals about the inclusion of Vitamin E in their salves, they gave me this answer:

The main reason for Vitamin E. its a great skin healing ingredient.

I was happy to see they did not promote Vitamin E as a preservative since, as I said, technically, it is not. Speaking of shelf-life, here is what they said:

As for the salves shelf life. If left unopened, stored out of direct sunlight, the shelf life is one year. If you leave it in your car, out in the sun, leave it opened on the counter, the self life is affected. We do not use preservatives in our salves.

My own experience with DIY salves is similar.  I go through each batch within six months and have yet to have one go bad.  That said, I do keep them stored at room temperature and never more than about 85 degrees (which is the hottest my Washington State house gets in summer).  Your mileage may vary so if in doubt, I recommend small batches.

How to Create a Custom Healing Salve

How do you create your own custom healing salves using the Spark Naturals Saves as a starting point?  Much as I use Miracle Healing Salve or Simple Salve as a base, you need to scoop out the desired about of salve then mix in your oils.  It is that easy.

I know there are naysayers but I like to use these plastic 1/2 ounce jars because they are inexpensive and they do the job.  Personally, plastic does not scare me.

Depending on what I am concocting, I will use 30 drops of essential oil to each 1/2 jar of Simple Salve or Spark Naturals Base Salve.  This is a 10% dilution so you can use less (or more) to start and adjust with the next batch. Just keep in mind that with essential oils, less is often more.

If you are starting with the Spark Naturals Base Salve, you can gently heat the desired amount in a water bath until it liquefies, being mindful not to get even the smallest speck of water inside.  The way I do this is to place the small jar into a Pyrex cup first, then put the cup in the water.

The picture below does a better job of describing this than I can.

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To make your own DIY Miracle Healing Salve, take the entire jar of Base Salve, and add 4 drops each of Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oils.  This makes a 2% dilution which is not very strong but it seems to work just fine for all sorts of day to day uses.  That said, you can add additional drops if you are so inclined.

Often times, I use Miracle Healing Salve as a base.  To do the same with Spark Naturals Restore,  dole out the desired amount into a smaller jar, add additional oils, then stir like crazy.  I use a bamboo skewer as a stir stick but a coffee stirrer would work just a well.

The Giveaway

Okay, we have come to the part you have been waiting for.  Spark Naturals has a reserved a kit that includes each of their six fantastic salves for one lucky reader.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You know the drill.  The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Essential oils and salves in particular have become such a large part of my daily routine that I want to write about them in each and every article.  Perhaps some day I will find the time to start up the essential oils website I talked about over a year ago.

In the meantime, however, if you subscribe to Backdoor Survival you still have the option of opting in to the special “Essential Oils” VIP list.  I use that list to send out periodic articles relating to essential oils as well as special offers (mostly free shipping weekends).  If you are interested, you can sign up with this link.  As a bonus you will also get a copy of my All-New Backdoor Survival Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

I do hope you will take a few moments to enter the giveaway.  This is a fantastic opportunity to give healing salves a try but be forewarned.  You will be hooked!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

PS:  From February 26 to February 28, Spark Naturals is offering free shipping on all orders.  This means that you can try one of the new salves for as little as $8.99 before discounts.  If you wish to place an order with Spark Naturals, please note that you will get a 10% discount off both regular and sale pricing using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

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Spotlight:  Spark Naturals Healing Salves

If you would rather purchase your salves, Spark Naturals currently has six available include a base salve that you can use to create your own unique blend.  The salves are reasonably priced and are a great way to get started using essential oils.

Note that you always enjoy 10% discount off both regular and sale pricing using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to everything you need to make your own Simple Salve, an all-natural alternative to petroleum jelly.  Want to learn more?  Read DIY Simple Salve: An All Purpose, All Natural Ointment and Carrier Oil.

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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.

White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag):  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 and 1/2 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and essential oil concoctions).

Coconut Oil:  Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions is my preferred coconut oil.  I love it so much I purchased a 5 gallon tub.  Really, I did!  I find it very silky to work with and love the taste when used in cooking.  Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.  The Nutiva brand from Costco works well too.

Kirkland Brand “Pure” Olive Oil:  This is the brand I use.  When I can, I purchase it at Costco.

Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars: Used with the optional plastic lids, these are perfect for your DIY Simple Salve.

Mason Jar Storage Caps Set of 8: These are fantastic!  These plastic lids screw onto a mason jar and are perfect in the pantry or to cap you salves.  There is both a regular and a wide mouth version.  I can’t believe I have not mentioned these before!

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Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  One of my favorite SN products is the “Health and Wellness Kit” which includes all of my favorites plus everything you need to make my custom salves.   Be sure to use the discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to receive a 10% discount.

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: 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 so get the glass ones.

Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition:  I thought long and hard before purchasing this book myself, but once I did, I was so grateful I took the leap.  The information is cross referenced in many ways making it easy to find what you are looking for.  When searching for a particular remedy, you may see multiple oils listed and any will work but they are presented in order of typical efficacy.  The nice thing is that if you do not have #1 on hand, you can move down the list.  I have found the recommendations to be spot on.


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107 Responses to “Custom Healing Salves the Easy Way With Spark Naturals”

  1. There’s little I adore more than EOs and homemade anything using them. But, an already made kit…ahhh…. One less thing to do once in a while would be very, very nice. I am throwing my name in the pot and crossing everything! Thanks for awesome posts every single time. =)

  2. I have one comment and one question. Many years ago when you first gave us your healing salve recipe I used it for two weeks and it healed an eczema that I had used powerful steroid cream on for six months with no results. I remember writing you about it then. I always have this salve on hand. It is especially wonderful for dry and cracked skin that comes with our harsh Northeastern winters.
    The question is: what were the final results for survival hubby’s BP experiment? I remember one or two updates, but can’t recall the final out come. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest for this great prize.

    • Oh my gosh. The BP formula works for us!!!! Shelly is off one of his meds (per doctor’s orders) with his BP running about 131/72. And me? I had to check with my doctor because mine is consistently low. Last night, for example, it was 95/63 which is typical. We use the BP salve morning and night, rubbing in into the bottoms of our feet and over our heart.

      Yes, I really should post an update to the article.

    • Love your blogs! Have you found any formulas that work for low bp? I have orthostatic hypotension and postural tachycardia and haven’t found much relief in the way of natural medicine.

    • Have you tried “The Birch”? We swear by it and many readers have emailed telling me that it works for them as well.

    • Gaye, I haven’t used a salve type yet. I’m going to try it using their base. For Kathy, I used Gaye’s Birch blend and found it to be good at taking away the pain after I had broken / shattered my left arm in three places. It let me get off the oxy contin, oxy codin, to use OTC pain meds and then nothing but the blend. I’ve been there and this blend worked very well for myself and later my wife with a broken ankle.

  3. I’m bad in that I bought all the stuff to make things like this but haven’t made anything yet. I really need to start, there are so many good things to make!

    • Gaye’s base is SO easy to make that I always keep jars on hand (stored in the refrigerator in a zip lock bag). That way I think I’m lengthening their shelf life and always having some handy for quick use in a smaller jar. You just have to experiment with the bees wax to get consistancy desired. I personally am up to a 1/2cup of the wax pastilles as I like it thicker. And cost factor is terrific as it only costs about $.80 for 2 oz. of salve alone. That alone keeps me making it rather than pay $8 for 1.5 oz premade jar. Give it a whirl Rob! I’m new to oils since last September, but I’ve created many concoctions for family and friends for pain, etc.

  4. I too have been very interested in essential oils and have been using them on a daily basis. They really do have healing properties. I have found though, that some oils work for some folks but not so well for others. For example, I have several bottles of Dream, but whenever I use it in the evening, I seem to be even more restless through the night than usual. I guess sometimes its just trial and error until you get the right combination?

    • When I first started using Dream, it worked fantastically, then nothing. I switched to the “Bliss” blend and never looked back until this week when I started using the Dream Salve. So far so good. On the other hand, Roman Chamomile works for my husband, Shelly. I add it to my simple salve (20 drops per 1/2 ounce) and he is asleep in minutes and stays asleep.

      Personally, resolving sleep issues with essential oils seems to be one of the most variable applications. My guess is that the reason we are not sleeping well differs from person to person. For me, it is stress and the never ending to-do list 🙂

  5. As a time saver this would be AWESOME!!
    My question is how long do these salves last before expiring? And how long for the home made ones?

    • I woke up in the middle of the night last night and remembered that I forgot to address shelf life. I just updated the article to include this information.

      “Speaking of shelf-life, here is what they said:

      As for the salves shelf life. If left unopened, stored out of direct sunlight, the shelf life is one year. If you leave it in your car, out in the sun, leave it opened on the counter, the self life is affected. We do not use preservatives in our salves.

      My own experience with DIY salves is similar. I go through each batch within six months and have yet to have one go bad. That said, I do keep them stored at room temperature and never more than about 85 degrees (which is the hottest my Washington State house gets in summer). Your mileage may vary so if in doubt, I recommend small batches.”

  6. We have begun the EO gathering and learning. We have built a fairly large number of bottles of various oils, not to learn more about using them. I have found that they have me sleep at night and relieve sinus pressure. So much to learn and this book likes very useful. Would like to win one but will be buying for sure. Thanks.

  7. I am still new to using EOs and have never used a salve before. I was wondering if these salves are safe to use on children.

    • Because they are highly diluted, salves are a better choice for use on children. I would definitely start with a modest dilution. With the Spark Naturals base salve, for example, I would add just 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per 1/2 ounce of salve. That will give you a 1%-2% dilution. Less is more.

  8. Thank you Gaye and Sparks. I use your basic salve recipe for all my salve making. I have many different kinds that I make a month. Remember to date and label them (my short coming).

  9. I love Spark Naturals and have wanted to make salves, but never seem to have everything I need. This is a great opportunity to give them a try.

  10. Lavender essential oil has become our “medicine” for scrapes cuts and bruises in our household. It helps the healing process and bruising goes away much faster after applying it.

  11. I recently attended a talk on herbs and the speaker said chickweed salve could help dissolve the fat of lipomas (under the skin deposits of fat). Have you ever heard of
    any herbs that can help with lipomas?

  12. Thank you! I am making my own salves because of you, your site, and your willingness to share your knowledge. It’s great that Spark Naturals is starting to carry some.


  14. I’d like more information how to figure out the best way to apply oils – salve, roller ball with carrier oil, diffuse, etc. Is there a “best” way? I have joined the Spark Natural EOM offer – wow, that is a great deal!

  15. Spark Naturals has great EO’s and I have used their Health & Wellness Kit. I’m glad they now have pre-made salves. Great!

    • Lots of articles on the internet I’m finding on cats in particular regarding EO’s as I have two large Ragdolls. I diffuse every evening and night and know I need to make sure doors are left ajar in rooms so the cats can go to a different room as they choose. Apparently cats livers don’t process oils as well as perhaps people and dogs or other animals.

  16. EOs are too expensive for us but I still gather info on them in case sometime we may be able to get some. There is usually good info in the comments section also.

  17. From your survival point of view, if you knew 6 months from now we were in for a major disaster that would shut down the supply chain indefinitely, what one essential oil would you buy in bulk to stock up on and why?

    • Wow. Just one? That would be a toss ups between Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Oregano. Lavender for cuts, scrapes, topical first aid, and calming/de-stressing. Melaleuca as and anti-fungal, and Oregano as one of nature’s antibiotics. If I could pick a blend, it would (and is) Shield.

  18. My arthritis gets worse, and worse. The pain has reached the point that it takes me hours just to go to sleep, and restful sleep, is only a wish. It doesn’t last more than four hours. I need something to mix with the peppermint oil, to be more effective.

  19. I am new to using essential oils and salves; I would like to know basic recipes to help with cold and flu symptoms as well as migraine relief. Thank you for having a giveaway!

    • You definitely need to check out this article for the Cold and Flu solution: //

      If you look through the comments, I just responded to a inquiry relative to migraine relief.

  20. Lavender eo in my diffuser really helps me sleep. I use your healing salve on my knee replacement scar and it seems to be helping it disappear.

  21. Would keeping the salves in the refrigerator extend the shelf life; or, would it make the salve too thick to spread properly?

    • They do firm up in the refrigeration but unless you went overboard with the beeswax, they will not be too thick to use. If that happens, stir in some additional coconut oil.

      I have never had a salve or even an essential oil spoil but I would think that refrigeration in extremely hot weather without AC would be a good idea if you have the room.

  22. I know lavender is supposed to be great for insomnia, but the smell of it makes me violently ill. Is there another EO that will help?

    • You are not the first one to tell me that. Is it all brands? As a trial, I ordered an off brand last summer and it smelled like turpentine. It made me gag.

      Seriously, though, try Roman Chamomile (works for Shelly) or Cedarwood. Personally, I love the Bliss Blend and diffuse it nightly.

  23. I love your posts! They are very informative and helpful. Your site is the best of them all. What you do is so very appreciated. I can’t say enough to thank you for all the help I have gotten from you on so many levels. Keep it up. You can’t fix perfection. Thank you!

    • Definitely. Try the Spark Natural RESTORE or DIY Miracle Healing Salve. If they tend to be inflamed, you could also mix some Melaleuca into Simple Salve and apply two or three times a day. Do not discount the healing qualities of the coconut oil, as well.

  24. I’ve been planning on making the DIY salve for a while. I have all the oils now, just need to get the beeswax. Any thoughts on why the pastilles?

    • They are readily available (even in craft stores) and easy to measure. OTOH if you have access to local beeswax, grate some and measure it out in a similar manner. You may need to experiment a bit with the quantity but that is easy enough to do. After making the base (before adding the oils), put a small amount in the refrigerator to set up. If it is too loose, add more beeswax. If too firm, a bit more oil (coconut or Olive).

  25. I would love to win this. With my allergies and an extremely limited budget I am VERY leery about spending the money on something I may or may not be able to use.

    • If I were to recommend one thing, it would be to pick up a jar of the SN Restore Healing Salve when you can get it with free shipping. If that works for you, invest in the ingredients and make your own DIY Healing Salve.

    • Thank you for the suggestion. It’s very frustrating having really weird allergies, as the doc tells me, lol.

  26. Hello Gaye,
    I made up your BP salve for my husband a few months ago and he uses it in conjunction with diet, exercise and meditation to lower his blood pressure. It WORKS. I also noticed that it helps to heal scrapes and soothes skin allergies. Perhaps it is the high concentration of frankincense that gives that extra benefit? BTW – Have you come up with a salve for migraines? Thank you for the draw!
    Gail in WA

    • Spark has a newish essential oil called “Relief”. I mix 20 drops with 1/2 ounce of Simple Salve (as described in the article) and that does the trick. I apply it on my temples and the base of the neck (or, as we call it here my house, the “brain”).

      BTW, now that my BP is under control, I know longer use Frankincense in my BP Salve. Just my opinion but I think in the beginning, it gave me a jump start by kicking things up a notch. Now I save a little money by leaving it out.

  27. I love the idea of making my own salves and will have to try it out but how great that Spark Naturals makes them now also!

  28. Gaye, while I know you are not a dr. I am looking for friendly advice for using essential oils for detoxing with eating. I have gone sugar and wheat free. Experiencing fogginess and stress.

    • Oh my gosh – long time no talk! How are you? If it were me, I would diffuse a combination of ZEN and Wild Orange. Or try Rosemary and Peppermint.

      (Drop me an email if you have a chance, okay?)

  29. I don’t always have the time to make my own salve from scratch, so the base will always be handy to have. I do love the oils and make several different ones for my family. Love your site, thanks for all the great info and tips.

  30. What essential oils would you suggest for extreme cases of eczema? We have made your healing salve, which helps, but I was wondering if you had a suggestion for a really bad case. The healing salve works if it isn’t a terrible case, but our kids are scratchers.

  31. Looking forward to trying all of the new Sparks salves to help with the arthritis pain in my feet. With everything going on these days and to keep on preparing we can definitely use the dream salve.

  32. I am so excited to see Spark naturals come out with some salves, I wanted to make some however I’ve always been put off by gathering all of the ingredients and making it myself. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  33. I use Essential Oils, but right now in a diffuser and in my toothpaste. Making my own blends and salves (which I don’t currently use) is on my to-do list. Your recipes are in my saved file. Would love to win these salves so I can try before it get into making my own. Too new at this process to even know what questions to ask! Thanks for all you do and share with us all.

  34. Wow the comments here are as informative as the blog post. I must look into all of this starting with the BP stuff. I have bought some stuff for making my own but have not gotten to it yet. I did have to mix some tea tree oil in some Pumpkin seed oil because I had a sinus/ear infection going on for a long time and had to stop using garlic for it becasue I’m allergic to garlic and the tea tree mix did cure the infection. Then to my amazement I finally discovered that it is garlic that has been causing me to have horrific anxiety attacks for more than 20 years. It is a thing. A little known thing and a thing no Dr. knew to tell me. I looked it up online and found that yogis don’t use garlic or onion because they are brain toxins. If I had not figured out that I was allergic to it I never would have figured out the rest. I’m anxiety attack free again now that I’ve stopped using and consuming garlic for the second time. I had only started it again to fight the infection and the anxiety attacks that had finally mysteriously stopped for a couple of years, started again. That’s when I decided to google it and see if it was a thing. Anyway, I also had a bad allergic reaction to eating a bunch of chocolate cake because I’m also allergic to chocolate and apparently suddenly more so than I used to be. I broke out and scratched the itch and it developed into big red welts. Never had that happen before, but since I has some tea tree and pumpkin seed oil already mixed I rubbed that all over the welts and they felt better and were mostly gone then overnight. Anyway the point is, I’m now really convinced that there is real potency for healing in these essential oils.

  35. I don’t have a tip to share, except to say try and experiment! I have tried a couple essential oils and butters, and I love it! I don’t have the time or money to get very involved, but it is interesting and I appreciate well made products that have ingredients I have tried.

  36. Learning more about eo is definitely on my to do list once I stop living out of suitcases so a ready made set of salves would be wonderful

  37. I echo the sentiment that you get what you pay for and really have to watch out for the cheap, knock-offs in the essential oil market. Only buy from the reputable places–they do have specials and shipping offers, so it pays to patiently watch for them.

  38. Love your blog and thank you for all the free books! I’m getting into essential oils after reading some of your articles.

  39. I am a firm believer in essential oils. I did all my required studies and papers on this topic. I would like to try these oils and use these on my husband and myself. He broke his leg and had major reconstructive surgery 3 weeks ago. He has a huge incision. What would work for this? Lavender I think!

  40. I have just started with essential oils and LOVE your Simple Salve. Easy and effective. I make 2 oz jars and add my oils. My question is: when making a “recipe”, how do you judge the number of drops of each oil. I have read that for a 2% dilution, the TOTAL number of drops of all oils should be about 24. I have found recipes that have a total of 100 plus drops per 2 oz carrier. How do I judge the number of drops and not overdo. Thanks for all your very helpful hints!!

  41. I love the Miracle Healing Salve! I’ve run out and it’s time to make some more! Tip: I have made it and placed it in the small plastic jars. It has lasted without any problems for over a year! I have placed the Vitamin E in the mixture. The unopened jars have been stored in a closet that is kept at the same temperature as our house (seasonally varies from 65 degrees to 78 degrees).

  42. I would love to win these salves. I use your recipes to make my own, but sometimes it’s good to try someone else’s creations. My favorite is the healing salve for my arthritis. Thank you for all you do!

  43. Thanks for the great post…I always enjoy your website and get a huge morale boost when I am feeling just plain overwhelmed with my prepping To Do list. Regarding the EO’s, do you have any recommendations for my 50 something oily and wrinkly skin? I love your Simple Salve and use it daily, and it really works…just a little heavy for my face. I’m also trying to fine tune an arthritis blend. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Gaye, for all you do!!

  44. I have been reading about essential oils for a while and it seems that at least 3 companies claim to be the best. How do you tell which company is really the best?

    Thank you for this giveaway. I would like to try these they sound very soothing.

  45. What’s a good substitute for coconut oil? Want to make the healing salve for a relative with a severe coconut allergy.

    • I have used 100% olive oil and part olive oil part Jojoba oil. Coconut oil has it’s own set of healing qualities and is relatively inexpensive but any oil will do (and some of the other oils such as Jojoba, Hemp, etc.) are wonderful as well.

  46. I have been making your miracle healing salve and love it. However, in my last jar, about 2 months old, I noticed that the salve is starting to have round “pebbles” develop in it. I’m assuming the coconut oil is hardening. Is that correct? Or what else could this be? Thanks for your help.

    • I had this happen to a jar of my Simple Salve a couple of months ago. To be honest, I have not been able to duplicate the problem but my guess is that somehow water was introduced into the jar (perhaps it was not dry when I filled it?). The salve did not smell bad (and actually, it did not smell at all), so I gently reheated it in a water bath and the tiny clumps disappeared. It has been about 6 weeks and they have not reappeared.

      Since the Miracle Salve has oils in it, I would very gently heat it in a water bath – just enough so it liquifies. Keep your pot of water on low and eventually the salve will melt. Stir well or do what I do – put a lid on it and shake it up like crazy. It should set up just fine.

      I played with the tiny clumps a bit and am pretty sure they were specks of beeswax and not coconut oil. The other thing is my jar of salve was about six months old. Was it breaking down? I don’t know but with the next batch, I plan to set a jar aside and check it monthly for a year, just to see what happens.

  47. My husband has psoriasis and I would like to make him some of the Miracle Healing Salve but I can’t get the link for the recipe to work.

    • Here is a direct link: //

      Have you seen this article? I know that psoriasis has a mind of its own but this works for my husband.

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