Salves & Natural Healing

From an essential oil powered headache eraser to hot tiger balms to herb-spiked salves, ditch the shop bought ointments for these recipes.

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Puppy-Sporin Salve for Scrapes & Scratches

These days it’s not hard to identify me as a new puppy owner—my scratch and bite covered hands and forearms give me away pretty quickly (well, I’ve either got a puppy or a passion for naked arm wresting with rose bushes). I’ve heard puppy teeth...

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Intoxicating Rose Salve

I am not sure I can adequately describe how utterly incredible this silky smooth, soft intoxicating rose salve smells, but I will try. It’s rose-like, yes, but it’s more than that. Deep and sweet, but not cloying… more of a rich sweetness....

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Protective Pooch Paw Wax

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I love dogs. I am that person who will always ask if I can pet a puppy I see at the park, and I’ve fallen in love with many the puppy in an instant. I also do a bit of dog walking here in Calgary, and if a pooch...

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Bill’s Lavender Salve

Back in 2014, Bill wrote to me with a recipe request for a lavender salve he’d been really enjoying using. He described it as “terrific stuff, with a texture just slightly lighter than Vaseline, a quite pungent lavender aroma, and yellow in colour (like...

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Herb Infused Belly Bar

Another year, more babies. The wife of one of my co-workers is due to have their first baby in the first quarter of 2016, so I thought I’d make her an herb infused belly bar to ward of itchy belly and stretch marks. It’s wonderfully easy to make and just...

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Fireplace in a Tin

First I made Air Conditioning in a Bottle, and then Air Conditioning in a Tin, and now I’m making Fireplace in a Tin. Frankly, I can’t believe it’s taken so long as I am far more likely to require heating than cooling up here in Canada. Let’s not delay things any...

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Lady Cramp Salve

This lady cramp salve is for those days when your uterus is staging an in-body uprising. If you are not the proud owner of a uterus, perhaps you’d like to bake a cake or something instead of making this salve—of you could make a batch for your favourite uterus...

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Calm Balm

This balm was inspired by a recipe request from Phoebe, who loves Badger Sleep Balm. I liked the idea, but decided to head off in the “calming” direction instead of the “sleepy” direction. The resulting calm balm is addictively fragrant, with a...

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Scar Salve

This scar salve is designed to help your scars heal up, and it’s loaded with healing ingredients. The oil base features healing rock stars like pure Vitamin E, vitamin rich rosehip oil, and andiroba, tamanu, and emu oil—all traditional healers in their countries...

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Air Conditioning in a Tin

I love my Air Conditioning in a Bottle, but it’s not hugely travel friendly. In a world of liquid carry on restrictions and fees for checking any bags, I thought it was high time I developed a solid version; Air Conditioning in a Tin. This glossy balm is...

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Healing Bee Propolis Cream

Bee propolis is a really amazing substance. In its raw form it looks like clods of dirt, and smells something like the air just before it rains. Made from essential oils, resins, saps, and the odd bit of dry grass, it is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic healing...

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Healing Herbal Hemp & Shea Lotion

This herb spiked lotion features some of my favourite eczema fighting ingredients, making it perfect for the onset of winter. Instead of using plain water in this lotion, I’ve made an herbal infusion. With soothing marshmallow root and chamomile, and healing calendula...

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Simple Bandits Salve

Bandits oil is a fantastic all-purpose essential oil blend to have around. It’s a powerful anti-bacterial/anti-viral/anti-fungal/anti-everything, it smells great, and it’s really quite inexpensive to whip up a thieving little bottle of your own. This...

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Cool & Clear Eucalyptus Balm

This silky smooth balm smells clear and fresh, and leaves skin feeling lightly cooled and refreshed as well as gently moisturized. It comes together quickly and easily, and it’s vegan to boot.   Want to watch this recipe instead of read it? Watch Now Eucalyptus...

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Ice in a Tube

This idea came to me in yoga class. I’d already cycled 25km that day and was now lying on my mat, awaiting the start of a butt-kicking yoga class, and I was still a bit sore from previous athletic-type shenanigans. All of these things came together to make ice...

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Barefoot Balm

I think one of my favourite things about summer is ditching shoes and going barefoot. As a kid I’d frequently return home with totally blackened feet that grew tough and leathery over the summer months. Now, sadly, I don’t have months-long summer...

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Soothing Sunburn Cream

You only need to look at me for about half a second to know that I burn easily. I ate lunch outside the other day for about half an hour and ended up with a bright red chest, and while I was in Costa Rica my shoulders did a very convincing impression of a moulting...

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Chili Oil Tiger Balm

Before I left for Costa Rica with dreams of surfing real waves dancing in my imagination, I made a big jar of chili oil tiger balm. I was pretty sure I’d need it, and I was right. Surfing is hard work, especially when you yank your body out of winter...

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Healing Herbal Face Mask

I love clay face masks, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with herbs lately, so I thought it was high time to combine the two to create a mask that boosts circulation, clears out your pores, and helps speed up healing with a dose of anti-acne goodness. The herbs...

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Aloe & Silk Body Spray

This lightweight spray is perfect for those days after you’ve overdosed on the sunshine and have a UV hangover (also known as a sunburn). It’s mostly aloe vera juice, amped up with some other goodies like healing essential oils and bee pollen. It comes...

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Bandits Oil

Frankly, I’m a bit surprised I don’t already have a recipe for, err, “Bandits” oil up here (apparently the more common name is trademarked and the owners aren’t shy about threatening bloggers with legal action, which is just...

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Baby Bum Balm

When I posted my diaper creme recipe, Melissa commented to tell me about her recipe, which was basically a herbal salve loaded with zinc oxide, and the idea stuck. So, when a coworker’s wife had a squishy little baby girl, I thought it was time to whip up a...

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Pain Killing Emu Oil Roller

A few months ago I was shoveling my walk, hacking away at a stubborn bit of ice, and I hurt my wrist. Sprained it, strained it, whatever. There was an immediate “ouch!” followed by a lingering pain that comes back whenever I go to yoga—especially when the...

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Red Tiger Balm Pocket Roller

This fantastic little roller has all the punch of Tiger Balm, but without the greasy carrier oils or the smelly, tingling post-application hands. It’s easy to apply at your desk at work (depending on where on your body you need it, I suppose…), and since...

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