Sprain Salve

Vita regularly brewed up salves and lotions and researched at length to find natural and safe remedies, health and beauty aids to share with us. Here’s another of her great tips.

A very easy to make recipe for injuries and sprains. If you haven’t got all the ingredients, make substitutions accordingly.

What you need:
60g Comfrey Infused Oil
30g Arnica Infused Oil
30g Mustard Seed Infused Oil
20g Beeswax
20g Mango Butter
50g Aloe Vera
30g Coconut Oil
8 drops of Vitamin E (or the content of 1 or 2 capsules)
20 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
20 drops Ginger Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Blue Chamomile Essential Oil

Relevant beneficial properties of the ingredients used in this recipe:-

Comfrey Infused Oil: is excellent for fractures, sprains, muscular strains, joint strains, and it aids healing.

Arnica Infused Oil: is excellent for bruises, sprains, muscular aches, and is especially good to massage after sports or heavy exertion.

Mustard Seed Infused Oil: has anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful with muscular pain.

Black Pepper Essential Oil (EO): anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, muscle relaxant, muscular aches, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains.

Ginger EO: arthritis, circulatory stimulant, fractures, muscular aches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains.

Lavender EO: anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, bruises, muscular aches, swelling.

Blue Chamomile EO: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, bruises, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains.

Aloe Vera: healing, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, sore muscles, bruises, sprains, arthritis.

How to:

Place all the hard fats and beeswax in a Pyrex jug and heat au-bain-marie (a pyrex bowl placed over a pan with a small amount of water works if you don’t have a bain marie). When everything is melted take away from the heat to let it cool down a little, but keep on stirring.

Then add the infused oils, and continue stirring.

When the mixture is not too hot anymore, add the Essential Oils, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and transfer the mixture to a suitable sealed glass container.

The Salve will keep fresh in the fridge for at least 6 months.

If you haven’t got all the infused oils, you could also try St Johns Wort Infused Oil as an alternative, or you could make your own oil infusions by gently heating herbs in oil and let it sit for 12 hours before straining out the organic matter.

[Note from Editor: Vita sent me a pot of this cream when I fell and injured my ankle – it really helped the healing process so I can vouch for the efficacy of this potion.]

All remedies and suggestions are here for your consideration; they do not form a medical recommendation and you should seek the advice of a healthcare professional.