While this is by no means a comprehensive list of herbs you can add into your salves, it’s a pretty good start for anyone just trying to start and test the waters with their own recipes.
- Avocado Oil: Not always thought of, this fabulous oil is packed full of not only rich fatty acids, but it’s also packed full of vitamin E, potassium, lecithin, and other nutrients that aid in nourishing the skin. It aids in reducing inflammation, preventing breakouts, and reducing wound healing time.
- Castor Oil: Rich in fatty acids, castor oil is well known for helping those with dry or cracked skin. However, it also has anti fungal properties due to the high concentration of ricinoleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid). Some studies conducted on this oil have shown the oil to reduce inflammation as well as relieve pain.
- Coconut Oil: Due to this oil being rich in fatty acids, it’s very nourishing for the skin, as well as a good moisturizer for dry, cracked or inflamed skin.
- Grapeseed Oil: Probably the lightest oil on this list, grapeseed oil is able to quickly absorb into the skin unlike many of the heavier oils on this list. Due to it’s high concentration of linoleic acid, the oil can aid in balancing out dry and oily patches of the skin, reduce inflammation, and aid in wound healing.
- Olive Oil: Used for hundreds of years in skin care, olive oil is full of skin loving nutrients. It contains omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, K & E and polyphenols (antioxidants).
- Sunflower Oil: For starters, it has vitamin E in it, which makes it a cheap and effective alternative to buying a bottle of pure vitamin E oil. And, if that’s not enough, this oil is packed full of linoleic acid, which has been proven to work as an anti-inflammatory.
All of the above herbs will be infused into oils for the salve – keep reading to learn how!
Beware that wax can be deceiving, so it is wise to take this part slow and steady. Otherwise, you will end up with a lot of chapstick.
- To start, place the oil back into crockpot or double boiler.
- Place a candy thermometer to keep a close eye on the temperature. Caution: beeswax has a low melting point of 63C – 64C (145F – 147F), so be sure to not let the beeswax exceed these temperatures or discoloration will occur.
- Now start adding in your beeswax 2 tablespoons at a time (4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup).
- If at 1/4 cup of beeswax, you are not satisfied with the consistency, continue adding in a tablespoon of beeswax at a time until you find the right consistency.
However, I ran into a few hiccups along the way. There were plenty of recipes, but none involved cannabis alongside other medicinal herbs. And, while cannabis is a powerful and potent plant, I wanted more. More benefits, more healing, and more love!
- Clary Sage
- Ylang Ylang
But that’s not all, there are loads of ingredients for you to choose from when making your salve! And, that’s what will give your save it’s special healing properties!
Looking to start making healing salves right at home? Use this guide to help you better understand the many options available to you in salve making.
To increase the fluidity of your cream, increase the amount of olive oil (or any other kind of oil–we recommend vitamin E oil or almond oil) in your mixture.
After 25 minutes, remove from heat and pour the mixture through a cheesecloth into the jar. Set aside.
Remove your decarboxylated cannabis from the oven and mix it into the coconut oil. Maintain a low heat and continue stirring the cannabis and oil mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.
Have you ever created your own cannabis-infused lotion or balm? Share your recipe in the comments!
Infused lotions, salves, or balms are a great item to keep on hand as they have been shown to provide immense relief from chronic or acute localized pain. Because topicals are applied directly to the skin, they won’t get you high, which means they’re a great pain reliever to use at work or during the day when you can’t responsibly consume cannabis to relieve painful symptoms.
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter
Your cannabis salve won’t last forever, but storing it in a cool, dark place will help preserve its longevity. Just rub salve on the affected area, and sit back and relax while the activated THC works magic on your aches and pains.
Making your own cannabis-infused topical lotions and salves is not as difficult as you might think. If you’ve ever made cannabis-infused butter or oil, the recipe is remarkably similar and can be used in a variety of ways.
In the same saucepan or double boiler, add the beeswax and heat until it is melted. As the beeswax melts, slowly add the infused coconut oil.
Learn how to make your own cannabis-infused lotions, salves, and balms, plus some recommendations on adding a few special ingredients to create different flavors and scents.