Basic Hemp-Derived CBD Salve Recipe

CBD Salve For Sore Muscles

Once you learn the basic ratio for making a CBD salve, there are infinite number of recipes you can make. The following is a basic recipe that can be adapted depending on what type of salve you’d like to make. The approximate ratio is 8oz (1cup of oil) to 1oz of beeswax. This can be adjust depending on how much salve you want to make.


  • 1oz Beeswax Pellets

  • 4oz Shea Butter

  • 4oz Coconut Oil

  • .5grams CBD Isolate

  • 5-10 Drops Essential Oil


  • Medium saucepan

  • Medium glass bowl (The beeswax and oils will make your bowl very hard to clean, you may want to have a bowl just for herbal products.)

  • Glass mason jars (You can make one larger jar, or many smaller jars.)

  • Wooden stirring spoon (Again, set one aside that you don’t mind parting with.)


  1. Fill the medium saucepan a little less than halfway with water, and bring to a boil.

  2. Measure out the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil and add them to the glass bowl.

  3. When the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and put the glass bowl on top of the saucepan.

  4. Stir the ingredients together until they melt together.

  5. Take the mixture off the heat.

  6. Add essential oils.

  7. Pour directly into jars.

  8. Keep the jars uncovered until they have cooled and begun to harden.

  9. Your salve can be stored at room temperature and kept up to around 6 months. After this time, the CBD will begin to lose its potency.

To Use:

Rub your salve directly onto your skin, focusing on sore muscles and place of tension. It's not recommended to massage salve into open wounds or cuts, unless you have specifically made your salve gentle enough for the skin. Always consult wit



Add more or less isolate depending on strong you want your salve. You will not feel any psychoactive effects from a salve, it will be a more localized relief.


Add more beeswax to make your salve firmer and less oily. Beeswax emulsifies the salve, so this will be the main way to control the consistency.


Butters will typically make your salve harder than when you use only oil. Butters are denser thicker than oils, and can also be used as a binding agent.

  • Shea butter

  • Cocoa butter

  • Mango butter


There are a number of oils that you can use. Olive oil is less expensive than some more refined oils. Find one that suits your budget. When you are first trying out variations, you can opt for a less expensive oil until you have experimented enough to where you like the texture and effects.

  • Jojoba Oil

  • Avocado Oil

  • Olive Oil

  • Almond Oil

  • Infused Herb Oil

Essential Oils:

This is one of the best parts about making your own salves! You can make your salve any scent you want, essential oils that do different things. Just keep in mind what you want to use your salve for. If you are making a muscle soothing salve, go for more warming and stimulating herbs (peppermint or ginger). If you’re applying your salve directly to the skin, use a mild essential oil (rose, ylang ylang), or none at all!

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