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How to Make Cayenne and St. John's Wort Salve

Both cayenne and St. John's wort are traditionally used topically to address pain and inflammation. Cayenne contains compounds that, with repeated application, turn off a certain neurotransmitter that signal pains to the brain. St, John's wort is known for its soothing effects on sore, tired muscles and there is also clinical evidence that chemicals in the herb also reduces nerve pain. 


This salve is easy to make and wonderful to have on hand! Note: Do not apply to broken skin. Take care not to touch eyes, lips or nose until hands are thoroughly washed after using this salve.


Recipe and photo: Mountain Rose Herbs





4 oz St. John’s Wort infused oil

2 tsp organic cayenne powder

1/2 ounce beeswax or 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles




1. Using a double boiler, mix the oil with the cayenne powder and warm very gently. Allow to cool and then heat up again, being sure not to let the oil bubble.

2. Remove from heat and allow to sit and infuse for 24 hours.

3. The next day, strain oil through cheesecloth to remove excess powder.

4. Place herbal infused oil and beeswax into your double boiler and gently warm over low heat until the beeswax melts.

5. Quickly pour into tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely.

6. Salves should be stored in a cool location where they will remain semi-solid.



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