In 2011, as we went through detox cycles with my husband Ben, he had various complaints. He did a lot of heavy metal detoxing to rid his body of arsenic and mercury. He was vaccinated as a kid and had mercury dental fillings, so that’s where the heavy metals 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 ward them off, he’d still get sore muscles between visits and need help. I created this salve and used 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 cup 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
Step 1: Gather up all your ingredients.
Step 2: Pour your oil into a medium saucepan. Add your herbs.
Step 3: Stir to combine them. Turn the pan on low heat, allow it to simmer (not boil; keep it very low and warm), and infuse for 2 – 3 hours.
Step 4: Strain the herbs out of the mixture, reserving the oil and discarding the herbs.
Step 5: 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 a lid 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) with a couple of drops of clove or peppermint essential oil.