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This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger creates a gentle warming sensation much like cayenne but is a great alternative for those sensitive or allergic to capsicum.

Homemade Ginger Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles

This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. It also makes a great alternative to a cayenne pepper salve if you’re allergic or sensitive to capsicum like I am. I chose to use ginger as not only does it create a warming sensation like cayenne, but it’s prized for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Plus it's the perfect alternative if you're allergic or sensitive to capsicum and can't use cayenne pepper.

If you’re not sensitive to capsicum then feel free to substitute the ginger powder with cayenne pepper powder in my ginger salve recipe. Alternately you could also do half cayenne and half ginger.

I chose to use safflower oil as my carrier oil not only because it stores well but it is also prized for its moisturizing and skin soothing properties. If safflower is not one of your preferred oils or not something you have readily available you can substitute the safflower oil with another carrier oil.

My resulting homemade ginger salve recipe smelled like delicious ginger cookies and was just warm enough to not be irritating to my skin. However, you’ll want to avoid getting this into your eyes, open cuts or wounds and likewise avoid sensitive skin areas like your face.

Ginger salve recipe for sore muscle relief. Natural pain remedy for relief of sore muscle pain. This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Plus it's the perfect alternative if you're allergic or sensitive to capsicum and can't use cayenne pepper.

Homemade Ginger Salve Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon


3 oz. safflower oil infused with ginger, peppercorns and peppermint leaf
1 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
36 drops ginger root essential oil
5 drops rosemary extract

Safflower infused oil ingredients:

4 oz. safflower oil
3 Tablespoons ground ginger powder
1 Tablespoon black whole peppercorns
1 Tablespoon dried peppermint leaf


Begin my making your safflower infused oil. Using a digital scale weigh out the safflower oil. Then combine the ginger, peppercorns, peppermint leaf and safflower in a small saucepan or double boiler.

Infusing herbs in oil to make a homemade ginger salve on the stove top

Heat on low stirring often so as not to burn the herbs/spices until the oil starts to simmer then reduce heat to warm and cover. Leave the oil for 1-2 hours over heat stirring occasionally. Then turn off the heat and allow the oil and herbs/spices to sit overnight covered.

Straining herb infused oil to make an herbal salve for sore muscle pain relief

Now use cheesecloth to strain the oil of the ginger, peppercorns and peppermint leaf. I find using a mason jar and a mason jar ring makes this really easy to do. Once all the oil has been strained through the cheesecloth, carefully removed the cheesecloth and squeeze it around the herbs to remove any excess oil. Toss the cheesecloth and plant material. You now have your infused safflower oil ready to use.

Now weigh out the beeswax. Melt in either a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave until melted. Remove from heat.

Weigh out the coconut oil and stir into the melted beeswax until it melts completely.

Now weigh out the ginger infused safflower oil and combine with the coconut oil and beeswax. You should have just enough after straining. If not, simply add enough additional plain safflower oil to reach 3 oz. by weight. Mix well. The beeswax may start to solidify when you first pour in the oil. Keep stirring until it reaches a liquid state again.

Finally, using a transfer pipette or dropper add the rosemary extract – this will help to extend the shelf life of the oils – and the ginger essential oil. Stir well to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients then pour into a 4 oz. clear glass salve jar.

Homemade ginger salve in glass jar for sore muscle pain relief

Once your homemade ginger salve solidifies completely it’s ready to use!

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  • Bele. @. Blah blah

    February 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    This looks like another sensational recipe I need to try x

  • Natalie

    February 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This looks awesome!! It is great to see an alternative to capsicum because I have a lot of pain, but can’t use that!

  • Brenda Penepent

    February 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Is there any place I could buy rhis ready made? I can’t do too much myself due to my disabilities. I’d love an alternative to capsaicin due to blistering and irritation. Thanks so much! Brenda

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 14, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      You can try searching etsy to see if someone sells a ginger salve or request one to be custom made for you. That would be my best suggestion.

  • trisha

    February 16, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    can you substitute a different oil for the safflower oil?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Yes, you can sub with another carrier oil.

  • Monika

    February 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Sounds fabulous! Definitely want to try that recipe. I take it this recipe makes one jar? I think this would make charming gifts for those of us over a certain age. 😉

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 19, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Yes, it fills one 4 oz. jar. And, yes, it’s perfect for all the aches and pains that like to sneak attack as we get older.

  • Erin

    March 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Can you replace the rosemary with something else? My friend is allergic 🙁

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      The rosemary extract is used to help extend the shelf life of the oils. You can use vitamin E instead.

      1. T Newton

        December 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        Can you use rosemary essential oil instead of the extract?

        1. T Newton

          December 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm

          I just read that you can substitute the essential oil for the extract, but just use a quarter of the amount called for of the extract.

        2. Rebecca D. Dillon

          December 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

          Rosemary EO isn’t really the same thing. Rosemary extract is an antioxidant. The closet sub would be another antioxidant like vitamin E oil.

    2. Nicol Allers

      June 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Could you also replace the rosemary with oregano oil?

  • LeeAnn

    April 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

    This sounds wonderful- I am a huge fan of ginger! Just so I can learn- what is the benefit from the black pepper and the peppermint leaves? Thanks!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Black pepper is warming and is often used for nerve pain. Peppermint helps to stimulate and increase circulation.

  • Shaj

    May 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Made this delightful smelling salve used it on my painful aching hips (fell last winter). Oh my, the pain subsided so fast I could hardly believe it! Thanks for sharing Rebecca

  • deb

    June 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Could I use fresh ginger instead of dry ground? And peppermint leaf? I grow my own and it makes sence to me to use fresh.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      You can use your own, but the fresh herbs should be dried first.

  • Nicol Allers

    June 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    The mason jar and ring with cheesecloth to strain is genius! I’ve been searching for a way to make that easier. Thanks so much!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      June 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      You’re so welcome!

  • miriam colmenares

    October 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    El aceite de cartamo tiene otro nombre? gracias

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      October 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Safflower oil is the only name I’m aware that safflower goes by. Info on safflower here.

  • Crystal

    October 31, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Can you use Oregano Oil as well? It has such Great Benefits. Thanks

  • JoDee

    November 6, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Might this work for leg cramps?

  • Lily

    December 22, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Made this for my relatives as Christmas gifts this year and it turned out great! Made 11 batches of oil at once without any problem, though I did mix the beeswax with the oil individually to be safe.

  • Róseric Mercedes

    January 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Can i replace saflower oil with olive oil?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      January 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, you can sub with another carrier oil.

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