Top 7 DIY Herbal Healing Salves That Every Home Should Have

2 Jun

What Is An Herbal Salve?

Herbal Salves are thickened ointments that are used to soothe various skin problems, depending on the herb or plant that the salve was made from. They can treat chapped hands, wounds, mild burns, bites, stings, rashes, boils, acne and inflammation. To make a basic salve, all you need is an infused oil, beeswax and some essential oil.

In this post, I have gathered Top 7 DIY Healing Salves that every home should have.


This awesome recipe is from grow forage cook ferment.
Summer Salve


author grow forage cook ferment

You will first need to make an infused herbal oil ( or buy one from here) before making the salve.



  • Make the infused herbal oil (see more detailed instructions on how to do this here).
  • Heat the infused herbal oil in a double boiler. You can use a metal bowl or glass
  • pyrex measuring cup over a pot of water if need be.
  • Add the beeswax and stir until it completely dissolves.
  • Stir in the essential oils.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into jars or tins and set aside until the salve solidifies.

2. Healing Herbal Calamine Salve

Healing Herbal Calamine Salve

This healing herbal calamine salve is designed for all kinds of skin irritation—everything from bug bites to diaper rash. It combines soothing calamine (zinc oxide + ferric oxide [aka red iron oxide]) with a rich base of herb infused sunflower seed oil and shea butter to help combat itch and boost healing. How to make calamine salve? Please visit humble bee and me

3. Cayenne Salve: DIY for Natural Pain Relief

Cayenne Salve - DIY for Natural Pain Relief

Cayenne Salve has been used for joint and muscle pain for centuries. It’s a remedy that my grandmother had passed down to her, and one I’ve learned over the years as well. This Cayenne Salve Recipe is easy to make and use, and it is very effective. How to make Cayenne Salve? Please visit Simple Life Mom 

4. Dandelion Salve for Muscles & Joints

Dandelion Salve for Muscles & Joints

It’s boggles my mind how obsessed Americans are with eradicating dandelions when they have SO MANY potential health benefits, including:

  • Supporting liver & kidney function
  • Providing anti-inflammatory properties
  • Soothing skin irritations
  • Easing pain of sore muscles and arthritis

Although there are tons of ways to eat the things, I have been especially interested in dandelion’s muscle soothing properties lately and wanted to make a dandelion salve for those long days spent outside working in the garden or fixing fence. How to make a dandelion salve? Please visit The Prairie Homestead

5.  Homemade Sore Muscle Rub

Homemade Sore Muscle Rub

Sick of dealing with muscle pain? Want fast, effective relief? This homemade muscle rub with essential oils is my favorite way to ease your pain while utilizing natural ingredients. Instead of putting harsh chemicals on your skin, whip up a batch of this great homemade muscle rub to have on hand for aches and pains. It is no secret we love essential oils and their many uses. One of my favorites is that I can make homemade products like this homemade muscle rub that save me money, are natural and without harsh chemicals, and helpful after long days when my body just aches. How to make Sore Muscle Rub? Please visit midwest modern momma

6. Warming Cayenne Pepper — Ginger — St. John’s Wort Salve for Aches

Warming Cayenne Pepper -Ginger - St. John's Wort Salve for Aches

When your back is sore, your muscles are over worked, or your joints are a little stiff, warm them up with this quick to make herbal salve. Cayenne pepper salve is warming and pain relieving. I like to add Ginger for an increase in warmth. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving. St. John’s Wort Oil helps with shooting pains, and stiffness, making normal movement easier. How to make Cayenne-Ginger Salve? Please visit Joybilee Farm

7. Comfrey Salve For Bumps, Bruises, And Broken Bones.

Comfrey Salve For Bumps, Bruises, And Broken Bones.

Comfrey is known to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and decongestant properties. It is also known as one of the herbs to heal broken bones. This comfrey salve is a must have for your home herbal apothecary. How to make a comfrey salve?  Please visit the homesteading hippy

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