As we’ve gone through these detox cycles with my husband Ben, he’s had various complaints. His arsenic detox is finished, but now he’s detoxing mercury. He was vaccinated as a kid and had mercury fillings, so that’s where mercury came from. It’s just one reason we don’t vaccinate our kids (yes, thimerosal has been reduced, but actually not eliminated, and vaccines still contain fairly high amounts of aluminum and other toxic substances).
Anyway, this time around, headaches, especially migraines, have been a problem. While various supplements and chiropractic adjustments helped to ward them off, he’d still get sore muscles in between vists and need some help. I created this salve, and I use it to massage his neck and shoulders to relieve tension and soothe the headache. It could be used on any sore muscles, though. It’s especially good for headaches because of the yarrow.
Sore Muscle and Headache Salve
- 1/2 c. avocado oil (or any edible, safe oil — jojoba, sweet almond, apricot, etc.)
- 1 tbsp. lavender flowers (dried)
- 1 tbsp. yarrow (dried)
- 1 tbsp. arnica flowers (dried)
- 2 tbsp. bee’s wax
Gather up all your ingredients.
Pour your oil into a medium saucepan. Add your herbs.
Stir to combine them. Turn the pan on low heat and allow this to simmer (not boil, keep it very low and warm) and infuse for 2 – 3 hours.
Strain the herbs out of the mixture, reserving the oil and discarding the herbs.
Return the oil to the pan and add the beeswax. Keeping it on low heat, stir occasionally until the wax has melted. Pour it into a 4-oz. glass jar (pictured at the top) and put alid on it. As it cools, it will solidify into a creamy salve.
To use, simply get a little on your fingers and rub into the sore spot. Try the back of the neck, shoulders, and temples if you have a headache. Massage any tight muscles with this salve. For stubborn headaches, follow up with a hot or cold compress (whichever feels better to you) with a couple drops of clove or peppermint essential oil on it.