Cayenne Salve: DIY for Natural Pain Relief
Author: Rosalee de la Forêt
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hours 10 mins
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne powder (15 grams)
  • ½ ounce beeswax (14 grams)
  1. The first step is to infuse your oil. You can do this with a double boiler or slow cooker. Take care not to let the oil get too hot or “fry” the herbal material. 100˚F is an ideal temperature for the oil.
  2. Double-boiler method: Put 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom of a double boiler. (Alternatively, fill a pot with 1 to 2 inches of water and place a tight-fitting bowl on top.) Place the oil and cayenne powder in the top. Heat over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, until the oil is fairly warm. Turn off the heat and let stand for 20 minutes to cool a bit. Repeat this warming and cooling process for 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Slow-cooker method: Place the mixture in a slow cooker, yogurt incubator, or other low-temperature appliance that can maintain the oil temperature at 100˚F for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Pour your infused oil through a strainer lined with two layers of cheesecloth.
  5. Gently heat the beeswax over low heat in a small saucepan or double boiler until it is melted. Stir in the infused oil and continue mixing until wax and oil are thoroughly combined.
  6. Immediately pour this mixture into jars or tins and let cool.
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