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Prudent Pantry: Homemade Sore Muscle Salve

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Several months ago I was reading the ModernAlternativeMama blog, and came across this recipe for making your own sore muscle salve. As gardening season was coming up I bookmarked it just in case I might want to make it at some point.

After too many days of working in the garden fighting the weeds I decided it was time to try this sore muscle salve. I placed an order with Mountain Rose Herbs and decided to use my own lavender, which I’ve been harvesting.

The ingredients are few:

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Almond Oil, Yarrow, Arnica Flowers and Lavender

½ cup of any edible, safe oil, I used almond oil
1 Tbsp lavender flowers, dried
1 Tbsp yarrow dried
1 Tbsp arnica flowers, dried
2 Tbsp of bee’s wax

First pour your oil into a medium saucepan. Add the herbs.

herbs, salve

Oil and Herbs

Stir to combine them, turn the pan on low heat and allow this to simmer (not boil, keep it very low and warm) and infuse for 2-3 hours. I found that I actually had to turn the stove off at times, we have a gas stove and even the low heat was too high.

After 2-3 hours strain the herbs out of the mixture, reserving the oil and discarding the herbs.

herbs, oil, salve

Strain the herbs and discard.

Return the oil to the pan and add the beeswax.

wax, salve


Keeping it on low heat, stir occasionally until the wax has melted. Pour into a 4oz glass jar and put a lid on it. As it cools, it will solidify into a creamy salve.

muscles, salve

Sore Muscle Salve

To use it just put a little onto your fingers and rub into your sore muscles. The smell is wonderful and I know my muscles are going to enjoy this special treatment.

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6 Responses to Prudent Pantry: Homemade Sore Muscle Salve

  • Dannette says:

    This looks simple and lovely. I could use some of this to keep on hand!!

  • Lucy says:

    Hi, dropped in from Katherine’s Corner and the Salve looks like it would be wonderful homemade gift too :)

  • Lisa Lynn says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I always have sore muscles this time of year!

    I found a nice blog hop that just started last week that you might want to join. Home is Where The Heart Is Hop at Homestead…lots of great stuff!

  • Debbie says:

    Sounds like a wonderful salve. I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jane says:

    I am going to try this – I just started making my own salves, and this looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nancy says:

    I’ve just started making salves and hand creams and lip balms in the last year with great success! So much cheaper than buying them at the store!

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