Chilly Pepper Salve

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recipe by Laura Wooley

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    Total Time
    2hrs 15mins
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The menthol crystals in this salve bring a pleasant, cooling sensation that helps distract you from heat and pain caused by your sore muscles or even from the cayenne itself. Peppermint essential oil adds a calming scent and a little menthol boost. Want to know more about the science behind it? Check out

recipe updated Apr 4, 2018


  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
  • Beeswax icon
  • Menthol crystals icon
    Menthol crystals
  • Peppermint oil icon
    Peppermint oil


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  • kCook icon Glass measuring cup
  • kCook icon Glass measuring cup
  • kCook icon Jar

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  1. Get a clean glass measuring cup
  2. Add olive oil
  3. Add powdered cayenne pepper
  4. Heat in double boiler and let cool - approx 2 hr
  5. Strain with sieve
  6. Get a clean glass measuring cup
  7. Transfer oil mixture to glass measuring cup
  8. Add beeswax
  9. Add menthol crystals
  10. Melt completely in double boiler
  11. Add peppermint oil
  12. Stir until combined
  13. Pour content of glass measuring cup into jar immediately
  14. Let cool until hard
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