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How to make a herbal pain cream

how to make a herbal pain cream

How to make a herbal pain cream

How to make herbal pain cream at home that really works!

Plenty of South African households have begun experimenting with learning how to make herbal pain cream.

Topical herbal treatments can be a gentle yet effective way to address painful scrapes, itchy rashes, and dry, dull skin.

A well-made herbal pain relieving salve has a multitude beneficial and healing uses.

While you can often find these at your local health store, they’re often quick and simple to make at home. These topical remedies not only nourish your skin, but can also create a gentle seal that protects and helps your skin absorb nutrients.

Oils, salves, and creams

There are three primary types of topical herbal treatments: infused oils, salves, and creams or lotions.

  • Infused oils are made by steeping herbs in a carrier oil like olive or almond to extract the medicinal plant constituents that will help soothe your skin.
  • Salves are solid combinations of oils and a wax such as beeswax or soy wax.
  • Creams and lotions, as you’re likely familiar with, vary from thicker to more light in texture, and combine oils with water to create a hydrating topical treatment.

The first step in making these remedies at home is to infuse oil with dried herbs. Once you’ve done this, you can use the oil alone as a topical treatment, or mix it to make a salve or cream. Learn how to make herbal oil infusions here.

Oils keep for up to a year, so you can mix and match depending on what you need in your home remedy toolkit.

Don’t forget: Do a patch test before applying anything new to your skin, to prevent an allergic reaction

Today we’ll be learning how to make a herbal pain cream that is both beautiful and effective!

The Herbs

Plants such as CBD-rich hemp buds + flowers, arnica flowers, comfrey root, St. John’s wort, devil’s claw root, ginger root, cayenne pepper, and turmeric root are all well-known for their:

  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • analgesic properties
  • sedative properties
  • antispasmodic properties
  • anti-microbial properties


250ml herb-infused oil
250ml Herbal infused water
30g-60g beeswax
25-40 drops essential oils


  1. Take 1/2 cup of your herb infused oil and herb infused water you already made and mix together.
  2. In a saucepan (made of non-reactive material), over low heat, melt 30g-60g (depending on how hard you’d like your salve) of beeswax into the herbal oil/water mix. I suggest starting with the lesser amount of wax — adding more if needed. Note: To check if the mixture is the right consistency, because the salve hardens as it cools, we suggest placing a tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for just a minute or two. If it’s soft, add more beeswax; if too hard, add more oil.
  3. When the consistency is to your liking, remove saucepan from heat.
  4. Allow the cream to cool slightly on the counter.
  5. Using a spoon or wire whisk, stir while adding camphor + menthol (if using) and essential oils. Whisk until well combined. A Note on Essential Oils: I love using essential oils that hold anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative properties. Generally I add to this herbal pain cream essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, frankincense, peppermint, yarrow and marjoram. For maximum medicinal potency, I add them at a concentration of approximately 25 drops per 120ml of oil. Choose the oils you have on hand or readily available.
  6. Pour ointment into storage containers. The cream will keep for 2-3 years when stored in a cool, dark place.

Rub cream liberally on your aches and pains. Add heating pad or ice pack to enhance therapeutic benefits.