DIY Natural Pain Relief Salve

Sherra V.
By Sherra V. February 26, 2021 09:28

DIY Natural Pain Relief Salve

This natural pain relief salve is a must-have for when you need to be self-sufficient in the face of an emergency. It is an indispensable item to pack in your bug-out-bag, store in your first-aid kit, or have as part of your homemade pharmacy.

Not only will it help ease your pain, but it will also keep you in fine form when you need all your capacity to deal with whatever may be coming at you.

It is also way better than what you could buy at any store because you know exactly what is in it. You don’t have to rely on big pharma to put unpronounceable chemicals on your skin or in your body to relieve pain.

You can make this natural pain relief salve yourself from items you may already have in your kitchen. Items that you could actually eat!

Be Your Own First Responder

In case of an emergency, we can no longer rely on our flailing medical system to save us. We must be ready for anything.

Learning to be prepared and knowing how to take care of ourselves when we or someone we care about is injured is not just wishful thinking, it is a necessity.

Not only that but chances are, we are going to have to get tougher and scrapes, bruises, strains, and sprains are inevitable. Making our own pain relief salve gives us one more step toward self-sufficiency.

Related: How to Make All-Natural Homemade Turmeric Pain Pills

Toxic Waste – For Your Skin

If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why would you put it on your skin? There are a lot of topical pain-relieving creams and gels available out there with unbelievable ingredients.

Diclofenac is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter pain relief creams and gels. Researchers have been trying to ban diclofenac for years for several reasons. The main ones are the side effects and drug interactions.

Not only that but the non-medicinal, inactive ingredients in these gels include carbomer homopolymer Type Ccocoyl caprylocaprate, fragrance, isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil, polyoxyl 20 cetostearyl etherpropylene glycol, purified water, and strong ammonia solution.

Peek at the warnings and proven carcinogenic items on this list. I am certainly not putting it on my skin. Can someone explain why this is on every pharmacy’s shelf across the country?

DIY Natural Pain Relief Salve

Okay, isn’t it great we can take care of at least this problem ourselves?

From arthritic and gout pain to joint pain and strains, this pain-relieving salve will keep you moving so you can do all that needs to be done.

Three Simple Ingredients

Beeswax to thicken the salve and keep it in place on your skin. Many communities have a bee farm. This would be the best place to source some pure beeswax. Alternately, a local health food store or online supplier can sell you some.

Related: DIY Beehive in a Jar

Carrier oil to aid absorption. Use what you have on hand. Olive oil works great. Sunflower, coconut, almond, or peanut oil are also good options. I would avoid mineral oil because it is a petroleum biproduct.

Medicinal herbs and spices are the active ingredients. There are many options to choose from including ginger, lavender, or mint which help reduce pain and inflammation.

To improve circulation to heal and heat up sore areas, hot pepper flakes and/or cayenne pepper can be used.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveBay leaves and black pepper are a fantastic combination to gently relieve overstressed, sore muscles.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveThe magic combination of cinnamon and cloves helps to numb painful areas and increase circulation while working as anti-inflammatories.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveTwo Ways Of Getting Medicinal Ingredients Incorporated Into Your Salve:

Infuse Pain-Relieving Ingredients Into Carrier Oil

This is the easiest and least expensive option. Essentially, in a clean jar, place herbs and spices of your choice and cover with carrier oil. Let infuse for 1 to 4 weeks. Check on the infusion regularly. Stir occasionally. Strain.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveRatio: 1 tablespoon dry herbs and spices or 2 tablespoons fresh herbs and spices to 2 ounces carrier oil.

Or Use Ready-Made Essential Oils

Using essential oils in the salve can be a convenient way to get the pain-relieving properties of herbs and spices deep into sore muscles and joints.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveRatio: 5 to 10 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil.

Related: How To Make Oil From Plants At Home


  • 1-part grated beeswax
  • 2 to 3 parts infused carrier oil
  • Glass or metal sealable container

Step 1: Grate beeswax.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveStep 2: Put beeswax directly into salve container. This step avoids any waste or mess.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveFor larger batches, you may wish to put ingredients into a double broiler or pot and gently melt together and then pour into desired containers.

3rd Step: Then, cover grated beeswax with infused carrier oil.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveStep 4: Place container in a very warm place such as on top of the wood stove or carefully on a stovetop element.

DIY Natural Pain Relief SalveStep 5: Allow ingredients to melt together. Gently stir.

DIY Natural Pain Relief Salve

Step 6: Finally, put in a cool place for about an hour. Allow the mixture to harden.

DIY Natural Pain Relief Salve

This salve is impressively non-greasy. It is great to carry with you. It does have a low melting point so ensure the container does not leak if you are out in warm weather.

Important Survival Uses

Tight muscles:

At the end of a long day rub salve into tight, overworked muscles to relieve pain.

Sore joints:

Help relieve joint pain throughout the day by massaging salve directly over sore joints.

Related: This Recipe Heals Your Knees And Reconstructs Bones And Joints Immediately!


Strained muscles in the arms, legs, back, and shoulders can ruin a day. Place salve directly on strained areas and keep immobile for an hour or two, if you can. Repeat, as necessary.


Sprains can be more serious. Start with salve on and around injured area. Making a splint or using a tensor bandage may be required. Ensure to never cut off circulation. Acquiring further first aid research or knowledge may be necessary.

Sore feet:

In any survival situation, taking care of your feet should be of utmost priority. At the end of the day, rub pain-relieving salve on your feet so you can be ready for anything tomorrow.

Low-back pain:

Another sure way to ruin productivity, low-back pain can range from annoying to debilitating. If available, have someone massage salve into low back areas. If possible, stretch the area during the massage to allow the active ingredients to penetrate even deeper.

Be Ready With This DIY Natural Pain Relief Salve

The need for being self-sufficient and ready for any possible emergency is becoming more of a reality every day.

This DIY natural pain relief salve is a must-have to keep you moving forward during uncertain times. Not only does it feel fantastic on sore areas of the body, but you also get to be in control of the ingredients and what you are putting on your skin.

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Sherra V.
By Sherra V. February 26, 2021 09:28
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  1. Omega 13 February 26, 15:17

    Add turmeric to your medicinal herbs and spices list.

    Mixed in with this salve it does wonders for inflammation. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Most people have powdered and ground turmeric (be sure it isn’t too old) but you can get it in root form at most asian food stores.

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  2. City Chick February 26, 15:41

    This looks like a good thing to know, but I’d add some willow bark to the recipe to pump up the pain relief like the OTC products now available at the local pharmacy..needless to say, I’d need to know how much! I’d also have to test it out it before making it a staple go to.

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    • red February 27, 00:23

      CC: What you have in your town is amazing. While I’m called an anti-shopper (hate shopping!) I can walk into place anywhere, it seems and find small shops with reasonable prices. You live in what is, even with the troubles, a fantastic city. niio

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      • City Chick February 27, 03:54

        Red – You can find anything here – the good, the bad, the ugly, but it all depends on what’s important to you and how you chose to live your life. There is an old Norwegian proverb that says basically that in any situation “always start with what you have.” There is a whole lot here to start with and that’s a good thing.

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        • red February 27, 14:59

          CC: People are calling it delblasio’s 3rd world country, cuomo’s hunting reserve. A bitter shame, that, for the greatest city on earth. Yeah, living there is about like living in the internet. 🙂 niio

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          • City Chick February 27, 20:21

            Red- They use to call NY the “Big Apple”. Then they called it “Calcutta on the Hudson”. Now for the most part, they just call it “A Socialists Paradise”. We’re working on changing that – One politician at a time!

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            • red February 28, 01:27

              CC, not being triter when I say I love NY. I lived in Brooklyn off and on, and visited family often. NY moved into socialism, then, and now is back. Most of the state would like to see it cut off because of lunatic politicians and the mass murderers it elects. Remember Pennsylvania friends are the best. If you ever have something, ah, untoward to bury, let me know. I’ll bring the shovel–or cement as needed 🙂 niio

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              • City Chick February 28, 15:11

                Red – Thank you very much! Always appreciate the offer of a helping hand or a word of kindness! As you must know, NYC is a magnet. It attracts just about everything imaginable. When you grow up in this environment, as I have, you are ready to handle just about anything that happens to come your way.

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                • red March 1, 19:19

                  CC: I know or I’d be on you to escape the city. I was raised near Wyoming Valley, which is a microcosm of NYC. Very diverse, but more mixed. Most who come are surprised at the new freedom they have. Wow, is everyone angry about the election! niio

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            • Omega 13 March 2, 19:33

              As Mick Jagger once ‘sang,’ – “Go ahead, bite the Big Apple… don’t bite no maggots!”

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              • City Chick March 2, 21:50

                Omega 13 – Not a fan of Mick Jagger, but the lyrics noted above which you attribute to him ring pretty much true. For an Englishman, his command of the English language seems to leave much to be desired!

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                • red March 3, 03:53

                  CC: the movie snatch, about the diamond. One character, an ny mafioso says of Britain, bad food, bad weather, and they can’t speak friggin English.

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    • Harriet Morgan February 27, 01:06

      Heard of a lot of different like willow bark or the buds of cotton woods st. Johns wort. I have heard of so of these but not together. Always learning new things.

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    • Judge Holden February 27, 02:10

      CETETH-20 PHOSPHATE (UNII: 921FTA1500)
      STEARETH-21 (UNII: 53J3F32P58)
      WATER (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)
      I use Aspercreme with Lidocaine all the time, never thought much about the inactive ingredients. Wish I could just buy a bottle of lidocaine and mix it with lard.

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      • Watrpro February 27, 05:54

        Judge, lidocaine is available in liquid form in the pet and equine world. A quick search fund some on I buy it at the local feed store. Check farm and equine supply sites.

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    • Vballer March 6, 18:32

      How much OTC did you end up using?

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  3. BlueSugar February 26, 17:05

    I look forward to trying these out. Thank you for such great content

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  4. Donnie February 26, 17:25

    I was a RN for almost 40 years…during those times I have seen so much ” ridiculously ignorant behavior in health workers”….ie:order a med..give a med for another med side effect…..consistently treating the symptoms and not addressing the cause…..I’m 72 yo and don’t I do not take any meds……I have taken multiple supplements for years but have also been interested in “back yard medicine ” but never took that step… idea is that God put something on this grest earth to take care of any issue we may have…this srticle inspires me..I will get off my duff and get more involved….will start by ordering the books…..thank you

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  5. red February 27, 00:26

    Well done, thank you. Next article, teach some more! 🙂 niio

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  6. TheMama February 27, 04:04

    What if you are HIGHLY allergic to beeswax – aka: carnauba wax? What can you use as a good substitute?

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  7. Ruralguy February 28, 16:52

    Since you’re adding willow bark, you could also consider wintergreen, either as greens or in essential oil form, which has similar analgesic properties to willow bark or other sources of salicyn, the essential component of good ol’ aspirin. Wintergreen is also a vasodilator like peppermint, cayenne or clove, and works well in tandem with those to bring in circulatory flow and ease pain.

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    • red March 1, 19:35

      Ruralguy: An herbalist, Great-Grandfather used wintergreen as a morning-after herb to stop pregnancies. Same with conifer greens. niio

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