An analgesic salve you can make today with cayenne pepper, ginger, and St. John’s wort in a beeswax base. Good for relief of mild to moderate pain.
- 1 cup glass measuring cup
- Saucepan to create a double boiler
- Canning jar ring
- Measuring spoons
- Popsicle stick to stir the mixture
- Reusable cloth tea bag
- 2 – 2 ounce tins or 1 — 4 ounce jar
- Place St. John’s wort infused oil in the glass measuring cup. Spoon the cayenne and ginger powders into the cloth tea bag. Tie the top of the tea bag using a half hitch. Place the tea bag with spices into the St. John’s wort oil, in the glass measuring cup.
- Create a double boiler using the saucepan and the canning jar lid. Place the glass measuring cup in the saucepan and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. Occasionally turn the tea bag over and press with the back of a spoon while the oil is warming, to ensure that the spice powders are moistened with the oil.
- After 30 minutes remove the glass cup from the saucepan and allow the oil to come to room temperature. Remove the tea bag and press in a potato ricer, held over the cup, to remove the last drops of infused oil from the bag.
- Reserve the oil in the glass cup. Discard the pressed herbs. Empty and clean the bag for another use.
- Place the glass cup back on the double boiler. Add shea butter and beeswax. Simmer over medium heat until the beeswax and shea butter is melted.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in essential oils.
- Pour into containers. Allow to cool completely before putting the lid on the containers, to prevent condensation from getting on the lid.