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Wild Foraged Wintergreen Oil Salve

Use this homemade topic salve to ease your aches and pains.
Keyword: wintergreen oil

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop wintergreen leaves into halves or quarters.
  • Allow the leaves to sit at room temperature on a paper towel for several days to dry.
  • Place the dried wintergreen leaves in a 1 cup jar with lid.
  • Pour oil over the leaves. Add a little more oil if leaves are not completely covered.
  • Place lid on jar, and mark ingredients and date on the jar.
  • Place in a dark place for 3 - 6 months.
  • If desired, for a stronger salve, strain leaves after 3 months and add a new batch of chopped and dried wintergreen leaves. Infuse another 3 months.
  • After 3 - 6 months, strain leaves from oil.
  • Measure your oil in a heat proof measuring cup or mason jar. Add more olive (or other) oil to equal 1/2 cup.
  • Place 3 canning jar rings in the bottom of a sauce pan. Add water to cover the metal rings, plus another inch or so.
  • Place the jar of olive oil on top of the rings in the pot. Add beeswax to the jar.
  • Heat gently until the beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Add wintergreen essential oil, if using. Stir thoroughly.
  • Pour into salve container(s). Allow to cool.
  • Apply to joints or muscles as needed for pain relief.