I’m usually quite stubborn about my headaches and refuse pain relievers. Perhaps it comes from years of consecutive pregnancies and nursing babies, but I’d rather deal with it or sleep it off than medicate. It’s a personal preference and thankfully my headaches are mostly tension headaches or the result of needing a chiropractic adjustment so they’re not a big deal like my husband’s migraines.
Because I prefer homemade medicine (especially when it’s simple) I was very happy to take a few moments one warm, sunny, March afternoon and stroll around the property harvesting some fresh green mint and a handful of pine needles to make Peppermint Pine Headache Salve. Salves truly are one of the simplest ways to make homemade medicine. A few minutes later, my salve was cooling in the tin.
I found the recipe for this salve in one of the most beautiful natural health and beauty books I’ve seen in my life. It is deeply instructional, detailing common herbs, flowers, and weeds growing in your garden or lawn and in what ways they are beneficial. It spells out how to infuse those plants in oil, the benefits and appropriate applications of sundry oils and butters, along with additional ingredients as well, including natural preservatives.
•Nontoxic Herbal Skin Care
Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleaner
Violet Infused Aloe
Thyme & Raw Honey Mask
Cool Mint Body Wash
•Naturally Soothing Salves & Balms
Dandelion Cuticle Balm
•Exotic Body Butters & Lotion Bars
Calendula Whipped Coconut Oil
Cocoa Rose Lotion Bars
Dandelion Body Butter
•Easy, All-Natural Creams & Lotions
Aloe Mine After-Sun Lotion
Elderflower Eye Cream
Honey & Calendula Cream
•Garden-Fresh Bath Soaks & Salts
Fizzy Rose Lemonade Soak
Sore Muscle Bath Bags
•Beautiful Bath Melts & Scrubs
Peony & Orange Sugar Scrub
Whipped Spearmint Scrub Butter
Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars
DIY Lip Care
Basil & Lime Lip Balm
Daisy Vanilla Lip Balm
Chamomile Lip Scrub
•Lucious Hair Care
Hollyhock Split End Cream
Nettle, Coconut, & Honey Hairy Mask
Rosemary Beard Oil
•Simple Homemade Soaps
Chamomile “Almost Castile” Soap
Thyme & Witch Hazel Clear Skin Facial Toner
Coconut Laundry Soap & Stain Stick
•Herbal Home Remedies
Catnip & Basil Insect Repellant Spray
Lemongrass Cream Deodorant
Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil
•Nontoxic Solutions for the Home
Thyme Counter Cleaner
Lemon Balm Furniture Polish
Orange Pine Floor Cleaner
•All-Natural Pet Care
Peppermint & Parsley Fresh-Breath Dog Treats
Herbal Dry Shampoo or Flea Repelling Powder
Those are just the tip of the iceberg! There are 101 recipes in this book!! Which leads me to the name, because I’m sure that by now you are wondering where you can get these decadent recipes to use on yourself and for your family and in your home…
The book is 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health, & Home.
And the author is none other than Jan Berry of The Nerdy Farm Wife fame. No doubt you’re now realizing these are tried-and-true recipes from a trusted friend you’ve been reading for years.
Now go. Get your hands on a copy and get creating beauty in your own kitchen!
As I mentioned earlier, the first recipe I whipped up was the Peppermint Pine Headache Salve. I expect it to be a wonderful addition to our herbal apothecary and the first of many, many recipes I’ll be making from this book. It is a wonderful addition to my herbal library and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way!
Peppermint Pine Headache Salve
- 2 T. dried mint leaves, crumbled
- 2 T. dried pine needles, chopped
- ⅔ cup sunflower or olive oil
- 1 T. tamanu oil
- ½ oz. beeswax
- ½ t. – ¾ t. peppermint essential oil
- Infuse the mint leaves and pine needles into the sunflower or olive oil. Once it has sufficiently infused, strain the oil. You can store this infused oil for up to 9-12 months before making the salve.
- When you’re ready to make the salve, combine ½ cup of the infused oil with the tamanu and beeswax in a canning jar or other heatproof container. Set the container down into a small saucepan containing 1-2″ of water, then place the pan over a medium-low burner until the beeswax has melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint oil. Carefully pour the hot mixture into tins or jars.
- Depending on your preference, you may want a softer or firmer salve. If so, just remelt the product and add a pinch more beeswax for a firmer consistency or a little more oil for a softer salve.
- If you pain persists, is chronic or gets worse, check with your health care provider for further advice.
- Shelf life of the salve is around 6-9 months, if stored in a cool location, out of direct sunlight.