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CBD Salve Recipe for Pain Relief

I’m going to skip all of the himming and hawing for this post and get right to the point:

Muscle and joint pain sucks. CBD salve can help.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get achy every now and again, and many people in my world suffer from things like chronic pain and arthritis. That’s why this year, I’m gifting this pain-relieving salve to everyone I know.

There’s another reason that I’m choosing this over holiday gifts. It’s the easiest thing you can possibly make.

After you infuse the oil, it’s a matter of melting 3 ingredients in a makeshift double boiler, adding essential oils and pouring the mixture into containers.

You can literally do it on Christmas Eve and you’ll be everyone’s favorite cannabis elf.

As an added bonus, CBD salve is a great way to open the conversation up around cannabis in your family or community. It’s fully legal (in most states), so you can gift it at work and give it to grandma.

In order to whip up a big batch of this simple and easy CBD Pain Relief Salve, I used my Nova Decarboxylator and a Magical Butter MB2 . With about 15 minutes of prep, straining and clean up, I was able to make enough CBD infused coconut oil for 16 of these gift-sized CBD salves.

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You can also use any of the oil infusion recipes in Dazed and Infused if you’ve already got it.

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CBD Salve Recipe Notes

  • Use high-quality essential oils. I tried three batches of this recipe with cheap essential oils because they were what I could find and it didn’t have the same kind of kick that the final batches did. I used these .
  • You can make each salve between 200-400mg of CBD depending on how much infused coconut oil you use and the potency of your plant material.
  • You can use infused or non-infused olive oil in this CBD salve recipe or can sub all of the olive oil for coconut oil.
  • If you use a full cup of CBD coconut oil for the recipe, the resulting salve will be a bit firmer when cooled. You can also add more beeswax if you’d like a firmer salve.
  • All in all, it cost me about $8 each to make 16 of these that were about 200mg CBD each.

CBD Salve Recipe

This recipe makes 4 – 2oz containers of pain-relieving CBD salve that ended up being 200-400mg of CBD each (see notes). Use the dosage calculator to figure out the dosage of your salve.

1/2 cup Olive Oil (can be infused to make the salve stronger or you can use a full cup of CBD infused coconut oil)

4 Tablespoons Beeswax

80 drops each of:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil ( this one )
  • Clove Essential Oil ( this one )
  • Peppermint Essential Oil ( this one )
  • Black Pepper Essentail Oil ( this one )
  • Ginger Essential Oil (optional… this one can be a bit pricy so you could add more of the other oils to keep costs down)

You can use more drops or less as desired but this was the sweet spot when we tested using these oils.


  1. Decarboxylate 14g high CBD flower in a Nova Decarboxylator or using your preferred method for decarbing CBD. If using the Nova, run the cycle once and then let cool for 30 minutes before running a second cycle.
  2. Infuse 2 cups of coconut oil with decarbed CBD using a Magical Butter MB2, the crockpot method or whatever method you love. Strain CBD plant material from the oil.
  3. In a double boiler over medium heat, combine:
  • 1/2 cup CBD Infused Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (can be infused to make the salve stronger or you can use a full cup of CBD infused coconut oil)
  • 4 Tablespoons Beeswax

4. Once melted, add 80 drops each of:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil ( this one )
  • Clove Essential Oil ( this one )
  • Peppermint Essential Oil ( this one )
  • Black Pepper Essentail Oil ( this one )
  • Ginger Essential Oil (optional… this one can be a bit pricy so you could add more of the other oils to keep costs down)

5. Stir to combine and pour into 4-2 oz containers.

6. Cool. Cover. Label.

When you make this recipe, let me know how it went in the comments or in the Wake and Bake Facebook group. I hope you love it!

52 thoughts on “CBD Salve Recipe for Pain Relief”

Can you please be specific about what temp and time setting you use on the Magical Butter for this recipe? Thank you!

Can you use other oils instead? I would prefer using a combo of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and MCT oil.

80 drops of each oil? That’s not a typo? lol

Is 80 drops each of essential oil correct? I’ve been making salve for quite a while and have never seen this kind of eo quantity. Is it more like 8 drops?

Hi Corrine, love this want to make.. Just wanted to check.. Can I use organic coconut MCT instead of whole coconut oil? Will it still solidify to a balm?
Thanks with much love!

You can, but I’d up the beeswax to about 4-6 tablespoons. Let me know how it goes! xoxo -CT

Hi Corrine,
I tried with the mct oil and your standard recepies, omitting the ginger oil..
As long as its kept in a cool dry place. Its a dream to work with. I double strained so no chunkies. And it’s a dream to massage in. Better than any voltaren for gout etc. I’m trialling with different oils for pmt cramps, rose geranium..
And arnica and tea tree for deeper skin healing. Excited to lean more!
Thank you so much for the inspiration! I am able to help many without the worry of silly Australian drug testing. ?

Hi Corinne
What temp do you add the essential oils to avoid them just evaporating off?
CBD decarb in the oven ….240 for 60 minutes?
Thanks heaps,

I add them when the mixture is still warm, but I haven’t tested the exact temp. 240 for 60 should do okay, but you may have some CBD loss and some CBDa in the mix (not necessarily a bad thing). I hope that helps! xoxo – CT

I have access to high quality hemp. Could this be used?

I read the recipe and initially, you call for making 2 cups of infused oil, but your recipe only uses 1 cup. Why not write the recipe for making the salve from all the oil?

The recommended levels of essential oils also seems high. Higher than any recipe I’ve ever seen. You mention a “sweet spot” how did you arrive at that amount. It’s almost 5 tsp of them and sounds over the top. I’m a rank amateur and I’m curious.
Thank you

Not everyone wants to make that much salve, so you can adjust the recipe as needed.

And as for the oils, that was the amount that tested best (we started with 1/4 the amount and tried several brands of oil and increased and tested different brands from there) so that’s what I decided to publish. Again, if it’s too much using whatever oils you choose, you can cut down on the EO’s, but it won’t have the same effect as the one we tested.

I hope that helps! xoxo- CT

I made this salve today. I am going thru opiate withdrawal after 18 years with an infusion pain pump. My muscles ache deeply, this salve is AMAZING. Pain level at a 7-8 and very hard to move. I took a bath and applied the salve after and 30 minutes later I cleaned the kitchen. I’m keeping most of what I made to help me thru this. I infused both oils. Thanks Corrine, I learned to micro dose from you I appreciate what you do.

Thank you so much for the love! I really appreciate the kind words and am SO glad that microdosing and the salve have been helpful. My heart is HUGE right now! xoxo – CT

Can you think of any advantages/disadvantages of adding a little DMSO to the final product?

Hi, Corinne. Have you or any of your testers tried this salve for menstrual cramps?

I haven’t tried it with this one yet, but I used my old salve recipe for “lady times” and it worked well. I imagine this formula is going to be a game changer. Let me know if you try it! xoxo – CT

Hi guys, I made the initial recepies and then when I needed to test.. I had cramps.. So I added some rose geranium and orange oil. Even rosehip for my skin as its my stretch mark zone..
I was a amazing cure!
It has prompted me to learn more of aromatherapy and its powers with terpenes etc.
Thank you Corrine!

Good afternoon! I am currently decarbing 35 grams of 16% CBD herb. By my calculations from your dosage calculator, that’d be 466mg per 1/2cup serving – using 6 cups of coconut oil. Does this seem especially high to you? Just making sure I don’t mislabel it. I’m so excited to make this and gift it for Christmas presents!! Thank goodness for the Ardent Nova and Magic Butter machine.

I double checked the math and that looks right. Let us know how it turned out! xoxo – CT

Love your site! I see that 80 drops of each essential oil was not a typo. I am curious if there is a therapeutic/pain relieving purpose to the amount or if it is more about a desired scent. Any chance you could elaborate a bit? Thanks!

It’s a little bit of both. It smells amazing, but that combo of oils creates a warming sensation that helps with the overall relief. We tried it with less and this was the ratio that gives the most effect without being ridiculously expensive or smelling too strongly. If you need to omit something, I’d go with the ginger or try infusing your oil with fresh ginger and peppercorns. I haven’t tried this yet, but read others who have. let us know if you try it! xoxo – CT

I made the salve recipe using the 80 drops each except for the ginger , the health food store was out, and i needed to make this. I did reduce the beeswax to 2 tablespoons. Next time will try the 4 tablespoons to see the difference in thickness. I had just processed a batch of infused virgin coconut oil with my magic butter machine. I process full spectrum hemp for cbd. Using the MBM calculator I processed this batch at 1250mg per oz. yes you read it right. I normally process at 500mgs. per oz. but the pain in my hand from arthritis and an injury was at about a 8 and if moved wrong was off the chart. This salve does a better job than just my 500mg infusion oil. With in a few minutes of applying it I could fell a reduction of the pain. I could close my hand ,wrigle my fingers and twist the wrist with a pain level of about 1 to 2. I do need to apply every few hrs but That is ok. I am also going to make a few jars using the 500mg per oz that I make to see if there is much difference between the 2 different strengths of cbd. ( I buy my hemp from a local grower who owns a nursery. I buy by the pound as I process cbd for pets. But this was for me.)

I love it with more beeswax as well. From my recent experiments, 4 Tablespoons was great and I’m going to try 6 next for people who want to use it on their hands and have a less “greasy” salve. Keep me posted on your experiments! xoxo – CT

Thank you so much for this recipe. I just finished a batch for my dear friend and myself for the holiday season. I live outside of Denver and we are both musicians (particularly pianists) and music therapists so our wrists and forearms tend to get quite sore after a long practice session or work day! I have made some of your recipes before (notably the edible whipped lube (; ) and I have been very impressed so I’m looking forward to testing this out!

I didn’t have the essential oils on hand that you mentioned so I used different parts of some blends, mainly Joy, Valor, Peace & Tranquility, and Ylang Ylang. It is still cooling but it already smells soothing and healing!

Thanks again and keeping fighting the good fight for this amazing herbal health benefit!

Hi there-I made this for my daughter, who is a gymnast with often-sore muscles. However, I did something bad to my foot running yesterday, and woke up HOBBLED. As in, could barely walk to the car to take the kids to school this morning. When I got back I thought, “What the heck? I’ll put some of that CBD salve on it. Can’t hurt!” After one application, there was noticeable improvement in the pain level, and I could put more weight on my foot. I’ve now applied it five times over the course of the day, and i can walk with almost no pain! I’m still going to take it easy because I am injured, but at least I can function. Thank you!

Of note: I used 28 grams of CBD, because I followed your recipe for CBD oil and just noticed this recipe calls for half. However, I also did not decarb twice as I forgot that point-only once. For whatever that’s worth. And, the copious quantities of essential oils that others have asked about create a warming effect that I find quite soothing without being irritating. Great recipe, thanks again!

I made this today- sort of! I could not find all of the essential oils. I did get the peppermint and clove oil, but the store only had a huge bottle of the ginger so I passed on it. I did have rose oil so used that. I put the 80 drops each in the mix. It smells lovely. You can’t smell the pot at all. Were the other oils to add to the medicinal properties, or just the aroma? Thanks for the recipe!

Both! I love the smell of this stuff too

Do you think it would make a difference by adding THC to this recipe? Does it help with the pain too or is just the CBD enough? Thank you!

I love it with THC. I’ve been testing different blends these past few weeks and feel like it’s even more effective if you have access to high THC material. It seems to have more of a muscle relaxing effect (but i have zero data to back that up xoxo – CT

You mention running your Nova twice…why? Does it not decarb in one cycle, as they advertise?

It decarbs *almost* all the way in the first cycle. To get the extra 5%, you have to hit it twice. It’s up to you whether or not you want to wait or not. I’ve done them both and it’s really not a noticeable difference.

What do I do if I don’t have a double boiler? Why can’t I use the MB for this step? Thanks!

I made a double batch using black tie cbd, cbd infused coconut and cbd olive oil. I used 28g of cbd, 1c each infused oil. I ended up with approximately 21 oz of salve but am having a hard time getting an accurate per oz cbd total with the calculator (I’m bad with the math even when this easy). Can you show how you used it on the recipe?
Also, everything comes out green – how do you make non-green salves, etc? My salve is light green, not creamy tan/yellow colored.
Thank you!

Can this be made by adding fresh pepper & ginger. Never made this before, just trying to keep cost down.

Hi. I was wondering if you could use an herb infused olive oil such as arnica.

I hope all goes well with your infusion! Addiction is rough. Stay strong! Good luck! I’m a hemp farmer and love hearing how it help others!

Hi there, I have an issue with my balm smelling a bit off after a while, can it be frozen?

Drops vary according to the dropper. Could you provide more quantitative volume measurements like mls or teaspoons?

They do vary and so do the strengths of various oils. Instead of trying to give exact measurements that may make your salve to strong or too weak if you use different oils, I’d rather you use your nose and do your own testing to find a formula that works best for what you’re using. Those measurements are specifically for the oils that I used. Does that make sense?

If you use lighter oils – you get a lighter salve. I do not use Olive oil as it comes out too green. I use sunflower oil or Sweet almond oil. But any light oil will work.

Hi Darlene, I use 2 ozs. beeswax, 1/2 c. infused coconut oil, 1/2 c. shea butter, 1/2 cocoa butter, 1/2 c. infused grapeseed oil, 2 tablespoons jojoba oil, 2 tablespoons infused MCT oil, 2 tablespoons glycerin tincture for my base then add my essential oils. Refrigerate to harden then whip. Last night I made a new batch with kokum butter instead of cocoa butter because I was out, it feels just as nice, but I’ll have to see if I like it as well in a few days. Good luck.

Finally tried this recipe. I used menthol, eucalyptus, lavender, and camphor as my essential oils, but used a heavy hand in them as suggested. It works wonderfully. My grandma has nueropathy, severe foot pain, and this gave her relief that she has never had before.

Thank you Corinne!!

You’re so welcome! It’s my absolute favorite!

the smell of the ginger and black pepper are off putting and not at all pleasant, I’ve decreased the ginger and black pepper by 10 each and added 20 drops of camphor

Is your recipe calling for 2 cups or 1 cup of total oil using 14 g of CBD? I’m really anxious to make your recipe and want it to be correct!!

To make the CBD infused Coconut Oil, you will combine 14g of decarbed CBD and 2 cups of coconut oil.

For the salve, you will be using 1/2 cup of CBD infused oil, and 1/2 a cup of olive oil.

I hope this helps!

Reach out to [email protected] if you have more questions!

-Maddie (Team Wake + Bake)

The amount of essential oils differs if its for children or elders vs. a healthy adult correct?

Hey Nancy!
Maddie here (Corinne’s assistant)
That is a great question!
Definitely something you might want to research! Essential oils are powerful

Hi Corrine
Great website and recipes.. Just wanted to make sure people understand that each essential oil has its own safety Dilution percentages. ( Tisserand Young) edition book is the foremost respected author who most if not all health professionals use when formulating recipes. For Example
Eucalyptus 20%
Clove 0.6%
Peppermint 5.4%
Ginger 4%
Add up all the carrier oils and beeswax then multiply the proper safety dilution percentage.
8oz’s (1cup) plus approx 2 oz’s beeswax (1 Tbs is approx 1oz) .
10oz Total x 28 grams (1oz) = 280 grams
Now find the total percentage of essential oils you want in your recipe 3% is standard safe % for adults and 5% is usually the highest recommendation for continuous use. Always do a skin test. Kids and the elderly may require less than 3%.
280 grams x 3%= 8.4 grams total
280 grams x 5%= 14 grams total
Now find out the safety dilution % of each oil.
Eucalyptus 280 grams x 20% = 56 grams
Clove 280 grams x .6% = 1.68 grams
Peppermint 280 grams x 5.4= 15.1 grams
Ginger 280 grams x 4% = 11.2 grams
Now you how much you can use safely. We know we can’t go past the total EO % of 3% for example = 8.4 grams
8oz oil
2 Oz beeswax (4:1 ratio of oil to beeswax is recommend for a firm salve)
Eucalyptus 3 grams
Clove 1 gram
Peppermint 2 grams
Black Pepper 1 gram
Ginger 1.4 or 1 gram
Total EO @ 3% dilution = 8 or 8.4 grams
Highly recommended 1% dilution of Vitamin E. 280 grams x 1% = 2.8 ( this is not a preservative but will help keep your recipe from going rancid)
Rule of thumb
30 drops = 1 gram approx
When using cannabis THC or Cbd add the following for a greater effect/ synergy
1) Copaiba
2) Black pepper
3) Cinnamon
4) Rosemary
5) Hops
6) Basil
7) Oregano
This list above work like cannabinoids like THC and Cbd and work to enhance each other by the Terpenes they share beta caryophyllene working with the CB2 receptors thru out your body. This will help with pain receptors and inflammation and more.
Lastly For Pain recipes add natural pain relievers like Menthol, Camphor, Capsaicin, Lemongrass.
As you can see that essential oils are very potent and should be used with the upmost care and respect. Always dilute .
Hope this helps
Great site!

How to Make a CBD Salve

A CBD salve is simply a topical CBD product that you put on your skin. CBD salves, including creams, ointments and balms, are fairly thick and semi-solid at room temperature because of the waxes or butters they contain that binds the ingredients together. One benefit of salves over other topical CBD products is that they tend to be shelf-stable and often include other beneficial ingredients like nourishing nut and seed oils or essential oils. Read on to learn how to make your own!

Interested in learning how to make CBD salve at home?

With all of life’s stressors and the chemical soup we live in, many of us have a desire to lead a more relaxed, natural and holistic way of life. For some it means simply cutting out synthetic or potentially harmful ingredients. For others, it means making their own DIY slaves, lotions and cosmetics at home. This is also one reason many of our customers have reached out to us, asking if and how they can make their own DIY CBD salve?

Step 1: Choosing your carrier oil for your CBD salve

The first thing we need to do is choose the best carrier oil for our DIY CBD salve. Hemp seed oil is a natural choice, but the disadvantage is that it’s a delicate oil that goes rancid quickly. Adding an antioxidant like Vitamin E (at around 0.5% of the weight of the recipe as the salve is cooling) can help extend shelf-life. If you want to be on the safe side, just use a carrier with a longer shelf life like jojoba, olive or coconut oil.

Step 2: Choosing your wax

Beeswax is a solid option and emulsifies well. A vegan option is candelilla wax. If you use another wax, you may have to adjust the amounts as some waxes have different consistencies than others. For instance, carnauba wax is harder than beeswax, and you will need to use less while a soft floral wax means you’d likely want to add more. You can also experiment with using a combination of waxes to get the consistency and texture you want.

Step 3: Calculating the amount of CBD oil to use in the salve recipe

The first thing we need to do is decide how much CBD we want in our salve and then calculate how much CBD oil you need to use to get to that potency.

We recommend using a simple CBD oil as these are the easiest to mix into the salve evenly. Our Healing Rose CBD oils come in 1200 mg and 2400 mg / 1 oz bottles. That means that each ml of CBD oil has 50mg CBD.

In order to figure out the potency of the CBD oil you are using, you need to find the amount of mg of CBD in 1 ml. You can do this by dividing the total milligrams of CBD in the bottle by bottle size in ml.

For example:

Say you have our Silver Broad Spectrum CBD Oil, you will have a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle containing 1,200 mg of CBD. This translates to:

1,200 ÷ 30 = 40 mg of CBD per 1 ml

If we want to make 2 oz (60 ml) of a CBD salve with around 300 mg per ounce, we’ll want 600 mg in our 2-ounce salve. That means we’ll want to add 15 ml of our Healing Rose Broad Spectrum CBD Oil to our recipe.

Step 4: Calculating the amount of total oil in the CBD salve

Now we need to figure out the amount of total oil in the CBD salve. A good rule of thumb for a DIY CBD salve is to use approximately 4 parts oil to one part wax. To make 2 oz of CBD salve, we could use around 45 g total oil (combining the CBD oil with another carrier oil) and 15 g of wax.

Step 5: Adding essential oils (optional)

Many people also like to add essential oils that can help boost or support the potential benefits of the CBD itself, and those of the other cannabinoids if you’re using a full or broad spectrum oil.


Peppermint essential oil offers a natural cooling effect to your skin and is great for calming inflamed or painful areas by relaxing the muscles and joints. It is also good for relieving headaches, stress, colds, nausea and vomiting and even itchy bug bites.


Lavender essential oil is a workhorse and is a great option for your DIY CBD salve. It offers natural support for helping reduce anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, and menstrual cramps to name but a few.


Frankincense essential oil has a long history of use for many skin care applications. This is because it contains high levels of alphapinene and alpha-thujene that can help improve fine lines and fading scars. It is also said to that frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.