Cayenne Salve for Achy Muscles and Joints
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Cayenne Salve for Achy Muscles & Joint Pain

Author Sarah UmmYusuf


Special equipment

  • Double boiler (or glass jar/cup placed in a pan of water)
  • Cheesecloth (or an old, thin scarf or shirt)
  • Storage tins (glass or metal jars and tins)


  1. Infuse the cayenne into the oil, using a double boiler. Heat water to a boil, then turn heat down low. Add oil and cayenne to glass measuring cup or jar, place it into the water, and let steep for about 1 hour. Turn off the heat, and let sit for a few more hours.
  2. Strain the cayenne. Line a strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth and place over a clean jar. Pour the oil/cayenne mixture through cheesecloth. Squeeze cheesecloth to extract as much oil as possible. Discard the powder.
  3. Place jar of infused oil back into pan of water (double boiler style). Add beeswax to the jar, then heat back up on med-low heat until all wax is melted. Stir to make sure oil and beeswax are thoroughly combined.
  4. Add essential oils. Remove from heat, and add essential oils, if using. Stir again to thoroughly incorporate oils.
  5. Immediately pour into jars or tins. Let cool before covering and labeling. (Makes about 4 oz)

Recipe Notes

How to use:
With your fingertip, scoop out a small amount of salve (a little goes a long way), and slowly massage it into your achy muscles and joints.

How to store:
Store the salve in a cool, dark place, and use within 6 months for best results.