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

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recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    4¼ tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
    2 tsp (4g)
  • Beeswax icon
    1¼ tsp
  • Menthol crystals icon
    Menthol crystals
    1¾ tsp
  • 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. Add olive oil and cayenne pepper to a clean glass measuring cup
  2. Heat in double boiler and let cool - approx 2 hr
  3. Strain with sieve
  4. Get a clean glass measuring cup
  5. Transfer oil mixture to glass measuring cup
  6. Add beeswax and menthol crystals to the glass measuring cup
  7. Melt completely in double boiler
  8. Add peppermint oil to the glass measuring cup
  9. Stir until combined
  10. Pour content of glass measuring cup into jar immediately
  11. Let cool until hard
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