diy salve

Recreational Witchcraft: Simple Salve Recipe

Beeswax salves are a great recipe to have in your repertoire because depending on the herbs included they can be used for many purposes. Healing balms can be made for cuts, scrapes, bites, and for topically treating pain like menstrual cramps or sore muscles. Moisturizing salves can be used on the lips, cuticles or to combat any dry winter skin.  As for magical applications, the list is a long one. Protection salves, flying ointments, and glamour salves are just some of the more common ways beeswax salves have been used as a simple method of transferring the power and magic of specific herbs to the body. The possibilities are quite endless. 

You will need:

  • A mason jar
  • 1 cup of Olive oil
  • 1 ounce of Beeswax 
  • Assorted herbs
  1. Choose your herbs. Remember to choose your herbs with care. Herbs have specific medicinal and magical properties and some can cause allergic reactions. Use your better judgment.
  2. Combine your chosen herbs and one cup of olive oil into a mason jar. Your herbs will steep in this mixture for one month so their properties can be better absorbed into the oil. 
  3. After your herbs have steeped for a month, Melt down your beeswax into a liquid form, taking care not to burn it. You can do this on the stove but know that wax can be a hassle to clean from pots and pans (For this reason we have a specific pot for melting wax).
  4. Combine your infused olive oil and melted beeswax. You may strain out the herbs from the mixture to get a cleaner look like the salve above but the step is optional. Stir the wax and oil to together well, and pour the liquid into a tin or other other container. Let the salve cool and harden. Your salve is ready to use!

Herbal Headache Soothing Salve


½ oz beeswax * See bottom of post for info on vegan substitutions

4 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsps castor oil 

1 Tbsps magnesium oil

20 drops peppermint essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops citrus essential oil 


  1. Measure out extra virgin olive oil and set aside
  2. Weigh out about ½ oz of beeswax. (or vegan substitution see below) If you prefer a softer salve in general, use a bit less. If your beeswax (or sub) is in a bar and not pastilles, shred or shave so that it will melt easier.
  3. Place beeswax and carrier olive oil in a double boiler and melt. Use low heat to preserve integrity of the oil. If you do not have a double boiler or don’t feel like scraping the beeswax out of it later, simply place ingredients in a mason jar and hold over a pan filled with water.
  4. Remove from heat and add magnesium, castor and essential oils. Whip quickly with a fork and pour directly into a small glass jar or tin. Experiment with different size jars so that you have some for your home, and some smaller ones to slip in your pocket for on-the-go.
  5. Place the jar in the refrigerator or freezer to set. Remove when hardened (likely no more than 30 minutes). Apply to forehead, temples, neck, shoulders or wherever may need some cooling tension relief.

You can use Carnauba or Candilla wax as substitutes for beeswax in this recipe. 

The substitution ratio for both alternatives is: ½ oz per 1 oz beeswax (simply use half of whatever amount of beeswax is asked for).

                             Beeswax                 Carnauba Wax       Candelilla Wax
Melting Point            143.6-149 F            181.4 ºF                 155 - 165º F

Candelilla wax tends to be a bit more greasy than carnuaba wax so keep that in mind when making substitution decisions.

Dandelion Salve For Sore Muscles

½ cup of Dandelion oil
2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
10 drops of marjoram essential oil
10 drops of white fir essential oil

(you can omit or substitute for the essential oils, they do not have to be included)

Gently heat the dandelion oil and beeswax in an oven-safe bowl or cup in a small saucepan filled with water and stir in the bowl or cup, Stir over low heat until the beeswax is fully melted.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for several minutes, then add the essential oils (if you WANT to use them, you don’t have to). Pour in small glass jars or tins and allow to set for several hours.

Store in a cool, dry place and rub on joints or muscles when needed.

  • IMPORTANT: Only pick dandelions in an area you know has not been sprayed with herbicides.
  • The Marjoram and White fir oils can be substituted, (with other oils like lavender or peppermint) or not used at all. Marjoram and White fir were used because of their well known ability to soothe muscles and joints.
  • For firmer salve, slightly increase the amount of beeswax used, for softer salve, decrease the amount of beeswax used. 

Recipe Made by Jill Winger

Eucalyptus Vapor Rub Balm

Here’s a natural alternative to relieving colds, coughs, and flus! After making this, you’re going to want to toss that Vicks in the trash! This balm can be made many ways with other EOs to assist with the healing process of suffering from a cold, but the main ingredient that helps open up the sinuses and steer clear of bacteria is Eucalyptus!


  • 1 Tablespoon Beeswax (candelilla wax for vegan alternative)
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (or any other Oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon Shea Butter (or any other butter)
  • ½ Tablespoon Eucalyptus Essential Oil (depending on quality)

Everyone prefers different consistencies and depending on the temperature in your home, you may need to play around with the portion of the oils and wax.

How to make it:

Begin by adding all the ingredients into a double boiler. To do this, simply place a pan(with a little water in it), on the stove and add a pot, bowl or mug into the pan. With the stove on medium heat, start by adding the wax first (since it takes the longest to melt) into your bowl, then add Shea Butter, and then the oils. Stir until all ingredients are completely mixed and melted. Turn heat off, pour into containers and let cool! That’s it!

How to use it:

I like to wear this balm on my chest and rub onto my nostrils before bed. It can be worn during the day but be careful and be sure to wash your hands before touching your mouth or eyes after use.

About Eucalyptus:

Eucalyptus is widely known to be used for respiratory complaints, coughs, arthritic aches and pains because of it’s antiseptic, antibiotic, and expectorant properties. This oil forms Ozone, which specifically destroys bacteria, fungi, and viruses. An infusion can be made with leaves and taken internally to acute stages of chronic coughs, colds, and flus. Most commonly, the oil is rubbed directly on the chest or back for all respiratory problems. It can also be similarly rubbed as a liniment for the relief of arthritis and rheumatic pains.

-Jacqueline, the Plant Lady.