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Miracle Salve Recipe for Hands, Face & Body (great for eczema!) from Primally Inspired

Miracle Salve with Free Printable Labels


You guys! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to tell you about my homemade miracle salve recipe. I was just making it for Christmas presents and it dawned on me that I never told you about it. What was I thinking?! You need to know about this stuff.


This salve is seriously the best. I can’t say enough good things about it. It will soothe and heal the driest of dry, cracked, chapped and scaly skin. It really is like a miracle cream.  It’s one of those things you just have to try to believe and then you’ll realize why I’m so crazy about it. 


My grandmother swears by it. My friend, Danielle says it’s her go to cream to help her kids’s eczema. My husband even loves it for his hands and his face in the winter. He tells me it works really well at protecting his face from windburn when he goes hunting.


Miracle Salve Recipe for Hands, Face & Body (great for eczema!) from Primally Inspired


It works wonders for dry hands and feet. Just rub some on your hands and feet before you go to bed, let the nourishing ingredients work their magic when you are sleeping and you’ll wake up with baby soft skin. It’s that good. You can use this homemade salve for hands, feet, face, elbows, even lips! Heck, I even use it for my dog’s paws. In the cold, harsh winter months when I need extra moisturizer to combat dry skin, I use it as my nightly face cream – I love this stuff so much!


And what’s even cooler is that it’s SO easy to make. You know I don’t do complicated and this recipe couldn’t get more simple to make. You may have to get just one or two ingredients that you don’t have on hand, but I promise you that it will be worth it and those ingredients will last you a really long time.  Also, a little of this salve goes a long way so a small jar will last you months. 


I’m giving you my basic recipe, but you can go as crazy as you want by switching up the oils, adding different essential oils, infusing fresh herbs into your oils, etc.  You can’t really screw it up so have fun with this! I can’t wait to hear about your salve creations so be sure to leave me a comment if you play around with this recipe. 


Miracle Salve Recipe for Hands, Face & Body (great for eczema!) from Primally Inspired


And just a fair warning – I started giving this miracle salve to friends and family a few years ago for small Christmas presents and now they request it every single year. Just be prepared to make it every year from here on out 😉


Since this recipe makes the perfect gift, I made some free printable labels for you for extra easy gift giving. Just print and cut the labels out, stick one on a jar (I use THESE jars), tie a bow and your set. Enjoy!

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Miracle Salve Recipe for Hands, Face & Body (great for eczema!) from Primally Inspired

Miracle Salve Recipe:

Miracle Salve Recipe with Free Printable Labels
Serves: 8 ounces
Miracle Salve for Hands, Feet, Face & Body
  1. Add a few inches of water to a skillet and place on your stove at medium low heat.
  2. Place a glass jar in the water and add your beeswax to the jar. Allow the beeswax to melt - this takes 15 or more minutes. Miracle Salve - melting beeswax
  3. Once the beeswax has melted, add the remaining oils (except essential oil) and cocoa butter or shea butter and let melt - this takes an additional 15 or more minutes. You don't have to stir - the oils will naturally blend together.
  4. Once everything is melted and liquid, remove the jar from heat and add in your essential oil, if using. Miracle Salve - melted oils and wax
  5. Pour liquid into jars of choice (I like using THESE - this recipe fills 2 of those jars) and place on the counter for a few hours to harden. Miracle Salve - Primally Inspired You can speed up the hardening process by placing the jars in the refrigerator for at least a half hour.
If you struggle with patience as much as me, it will take a ton of willpower to not crank up the heat to make the beeswax and shea butter melt faster. But just grit your teeth and be patient because we want to preserve the beneficial, healing enzymes in these ingredients. So we have to melt them SLOWLY over a low heat so we don't harm them 🙂

If you would like a softer salve, use 2 tablespoons of beeswax instead of 3.

*You can download the Printable Labels HERE.

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Miracle Salve Recipe for Hands, Face & Body (great for eczema!) from Primally Inspired


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    Nice! This sounds awesome and I love having all the ingredients in my pantry for homemade goodness like this 😉 I will have to add it to my list of DIY ‘crunchy’ Christmas gifts this year.

    Here’s hoping you have a Merry Christmas, sweet lady, and you don’t have to bake too many pies 😉


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    Would it be possible to post the beeswax weight? I have a big hunk of it and was curious how much it actually weighed. Thanks, lady!

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    I have been wanting to use beeswax for some time and seeing as I have everything else this is definitely doable! Great recipe.

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    Great recipe! Is there an alternative to the beeswax?

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    Thanks Kelly, I love this salve. I have been paying $9 for Burts Bees Hand salve. This salve is so much better. It has healed my hands from being cracked from psoriasis. I would like to know what is the best essential oil to use for medicinal purposes.

    • Primally Inspired

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear that it is working so well. Here is an awesome essential oil blend that works wonders for eczema, but I’ve also heard similar success from those who had psoriasis >> http://amzn.to/1wSsxsZ

      I would also use avocado oil (rather than olive oil) because it works especially well for psoriasis & eczema. You can get a big bottle of avocado oil at Costco very inexpensively (it’s also great to cook with because it has a high smoke point). Other oils that work especially well for psoriasis and eczema besides coconut oil and avocado oil are jojoba and rose hip oil. I played around with my last batch of salve and used a mixture of avocado, jojoba and rose hip oils (to total 1/2 cup) and it turned out so nice!

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    I’m so glad you shared this. My son’s eczema has returned this winter and I was looking for something to help. I just bought a big bottle of Neem Oil, it’s supposed to be great for eczema. So I’m going to use it to make Miracle Salve!!! So very excited!! Love the labels – so sweet of you to share them!! <3

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    I noticed on the Plant Therapy website, they have a special eczema blend for kids. Would you recommend using that or sticking with the original Anti-eczema if I’m making this to use on my daughter?

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Katie! I just saw that special eczema helper blend for kids just a few days ago – I was excited to see it! Since it’s a fairly new product, I don’t have any personal experience with it yet. I think I would probably go for the kids blend for young kids if I had the choice.

      ***Update — I reached out to a certified aromatherapist and she confirmed that either of these recommended eczema blends would be safe for children in this salve recipe.

      For those wondering what we are talking about, the special essential oil blend for children with eczema is this product >> http://amzn.to/1tThGzC (that is what I would personally use for children, although either eczema blend has been deemed child safe by a certified aromatherapist for this recipe)

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    Girl after my own heart making your own beauty products 🙂 We will have to try this one out as my little one’s eczema is kind of back after giving him a few eggs over the holidays (really, what’s Christmas without chocolate pancakes?).

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    This looks AWESOME! I have so many clients trying to heal eczema and skin conditions from the inside out, and it’s nice to have something to help the outside in the meantime 🙂

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    I made this yesterday & have to say make sure the beeswax is thoroughly melted, otherwise it floats. And I chilled the mixture for 15 min. then beat it with mixer & I added essential oils last. Turned out very creamy. Make sure you beat it well. I added Lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense & myrrh. Smells wonderful, you have to put 20 drops of each oil. I love this recipe, Thanks. Cindy

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    This sounds so good want to try it but just wondering would I be able to buy Shea Butter locally. We do have Health shops Here in Australia instead of buying it on line. Or do we have to use the one from Africa?

    Thanks for sharing it with us


    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Elbie! Yes you can definitely buy your shea butter locally. I’d much prefer buying locally than having to buy online when I have the choice (I live in the boonies, so unfortunately, I have to buy a lot of my things like this online). Enjoy this salve!!

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    I made your salve today both kinds with the oils you recommended and was wandering if you can both for the skin , I did find the Avocado oil at Costco but used Olive oil by mistake but finished my last ones with the Avocado oil so got both, I wondered also if you have use arnica for the salves??

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Cathy! Yes, both olive and avocado are so nourishing to the skin and face. I haven’t used arnica for the salves yet, but I have used calendula. I love the arnica idea. Were you thinking of infusing some of the avocado and/or olive oil with Arnica flowers?

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    I may have missed this somewhere, but is this safe for around the eye area, especially the eyelids?

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    I am so glad I found this! I CAN NOT wait to try it! I have psoriasis, and I would much rather try a natural remedy. Thanks for sharing. After I make this I will have to post on my blog.


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    I love this! Can’t wait to make some. I have an idea for a post too: could you do a post about what you buy at costco? I’ve noticed a few posts where you mention you get things at Costco (butter, avocado oil) but there’s so much processed junk there that I would love some guidance on healthy items to stock up on. Just a thought! 🙂

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    Kelly, How long do you think this salve will last. If I made it now (in April) would it last under Christmas time?

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    I will try the exema oil blend you suggest. I make solid lotion bars often. I just put the ingredients into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and microwave for 2-3 minutes stopping to stir every minute or so. I found that a micro plane makes it quick and easy to grate bees wax from a larger brick. I also use a small kitchen scale to measure ingredients by weight instead of liquid measurements because the bits of wax and hunks of solid butters are hard to get accurate if you need a specific liquid measurement. Going to make this salve soon.

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    I make a very similar salve. I use calendula infused grapeseed oil in place of coconut though.

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    Hi! I just made this! Best to store in a cool place I’m guessing? And you said it will last 2+ years? Did I read that right? I made it for a friends child

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    I’m going to make these for a Mother’s Day event. Do you think I could make them “plain” and then bring a selection of essential oils for them to choose and then stir-in at the event? I was thinking of bringing Vanilla, Orange, Lavender, Rosemary… other ideas? and will that work? Thanks!

    • Primally Inspired

      Hey Monique! Love your make and take Mother’s Day event idea – fun!! I think it would be an awesome idea to make this recipe plain and then add in essential oils BUT you’ll definitely need to lessen the amount of beeswax to 2 tablespoons. 2 tablespoons will get you a consistency kind of like vaseline, which is much easier to stir than the 3 tablespoons. The 3 tablespoons gets fairly hard kind of like the consistency of chapstick (but it then melts easily on skin). But the 3 tablespoons would be really hard to stir. I think the essential oils you mentioned are great, although with orange you will sunburn in the sun, so that might not be the best choice (or at least should come with a warning for those who pick it). One of my favorites for skin is geranium – great for anti aging!

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        Mother’s Day follow-up: I used 2-1/2 tablespoons of beeswax to have it a little firmer than “vaseline”, but not as firm as “chapstick”. My first batch was with Shea Butter and I discovered I’m not crazy about the smell. I ran to the store looking for Mango Butter to substitute ~ found yummy smelling Cocoa Butter instead. I added “Vanilla in Jojoba Oil” and put the salve in 1 oz. straight glass jars and added little wooden spatulas. Thanks so much for your suggestions ~ the gifts were a hit!

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        Sweet orange, Tangerine, and Mandarin essential oils are NOT phototoxic. HTH

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        I have tried to download the labels, but I keep getting a ‘404 File not Found’ page.
        Any suggestions?

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    kelly, i really want to try this. my grandson’s eczema is so bad right now he won’t even put on a pair of shorts because his legs look so bad. so do i mix all ingredients plus the essential oil for eczema [last].

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Belinda, yes! Make sure to add the essential oil after you’ve removed the other ingredients from the heat. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making this, you can also just add a few drops of the eczema blend essential oil to a teaspoon or two of avocado oil and rub that on him (no melting – just pour some avocado oil in your hand and add the essential oil then just rub on him — super easy). Do that a few times a day. Avocado oil and the eczema essential oil blend are the 2 ingredients that are most helpful for eczema. Good luck, Belinda. I hope he gets some relief soon!

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    Hello! I’m excited to try this recipe! I was wondering, have you used olive oil in place of the avocado oil? I’m worried about the cost adding up between all the ingredients and wondered if the olive oil is too greasy if used in this recipe. Thank you!

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    Great recipe, very easy to make.
    I also used vitamin E oil in the salve because it will prolong the shelf life of the skin salve as it prevents its oxidation. It’s also a good antioxidant for your skin.

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    How much can you make at one time? Your recipe makes 2 4oz jars. Can you make a larger batch at one time? 10 4oz jars? Thank you!

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    Hi there. Thanks for the fab recipe. I am just beginning in the adventure that is homemade salves, etc. I have made the salve using the recipe given and I am hoping it will help my son with this eczema.

    Unfortunately I am unable to download the labels – I get an error message.

    Is there somewhere else I could find them.

    Thanks again for this.

    Kathy (Fareham, UK)

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    I just made this and it smells wonderful but i was hoping it would be softer more of a lotion. Or Vaseline texture. Is it to late? Can I some how melt it back down and whip it? How? Help please and thank you

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    I must say I Have Made This and it really Does work to lessen redness and painful itch on my grandsons eczema – my daughter took it to work accidentally – so she set it on the shelf to take home, after work and so many of her employees tried it and requested more! (Food prep staff with raw red over washed hands)
    So needless to say I am making another batch My grandson asks for it to help the patches I like to keep it in the fridge in a wide mouth short mason jar as the coolness also feels good when applying.
    I always appreciate hearing from people that have actually made and used the products
    I had to sub Shea Oil in place of Shea Butter but worked just as well once firmed up
    Thankyou for sharIng your knowledge! God Bless Gramma Carol in Canada

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    I found this recipe via Pinterest, and it has really been a life saver! I made one for my mom and one for my husband and me to share. It’s the only blend that helps my husband’s dry hands. Yesterday, I tried modifying it a bit to make a face moisturizer for myself. I infused jojoba oil and sweet almond with jasmine green tea (I can’t use coconut oil on my face for some reason) and then added it to the melted beeswax and Shea butter. Then I added some lavender essential oil. I let it harden in the fridge and then whipped it with a hand mixer. It’s so creamy and healing! My face feels so happy! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!

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    Hi, I’m wanting to make this for my mom for Christmas. I picked up some Kokum Butter because of its qualities. I was wondering if I could use it in place of Shea Butter… Hopefully you’ll see this soon! Thanks.

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    Have to tell you this was my first DIY recipe and thanks to you I’m addicted!!! This recipe is amazing! I love it! My husband loves it! My kiddos love it!(including my 3yr old who calls it mommys foot cream!) I’m also now addicted to Plant Therapy (not even sure if I can say that here but I’m gonna ?!) made it just like you said because I’m a novice and so glad I did! Love it just the way it is!!! Thank you soooo much! My kids have eczema which is what brought me to the search in the first place….very grateful to you for sharing!!!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Your comment made my morning, Tammie – thank you so much for taking the time to leave it for me! I’m so happy that you and your family love it just as much as we do! Woohoo! And I’m addicted to Plant Therapy, too – love their oils!

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    Just made it… still cooling.

    I used a small block of beeswax so not sure how much it was. Seemed close enough. Coconut oil and shea butter as the recipe said, and for my other oil I used half hemp oil and half sweet almond. My essential oil is a little overwhelming but it’s a night time blend. Crossing my fingers that this is what I need for my poor hands!! Thanks so much for sharing Grandma’s recipe 🙂

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    I’m very sorry if I’d missed a response from the other comments, but am I able to use just organic shea butter. I found something online that had just organic shea butter (no from Africa I’m afraid) with Vitamin E oil, can I still use it? Thanks!

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    I made this miracle salve for myself and several friends for Christmas presents and it works great on my hands and feet ! I use the labels and that made them look special with a little ribbon and everyone loved it. I also gave them cotton gloves to wear over the salve because I think I used a little too many essential oils and so it was a little oily! You’re right that a little goes a long way but I am about ready to make some more and I think it’ll turn out even better if I’m more careful with the essential oils! Thanks so much for this great idea!

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    What other essential oils would be good for skin healing? I am planning on making this recipe this weekend! cant wait to try it!!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Frankincense is my go-to for skin healing! It’s considered the king of skin healing essential oils 🙂 Geranium is a really great one, too and has a much lighter, but strong floral scent. Lavender is good for just about everything and another great skin healing oil. I know it sounds silly, but when I’m choosing which essential oils to use, I smell the ones that are known to help a condition I’m trying to treat and use the one or ones that call to me the best (or smells the best to me). Our body intuitively knows what we need and it’s always in our best interest to trust that 🙂 I think you’ll love, love, love this salve!!! Have fun making it this weekend and enjoy!

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    I can’t wait to try this as I do have very dried skin. Especially on my arms that are scarred and they are lumpy. A friend said to try this which I would love to. But I wondered what the shelf life is. Because if it’s as good as everyone says I have three nieces and nephews who would benefit from it as well. My sister is one of those people who always need to know the shelf life and what’s in it before trying. I always say if it smells ok, then it must be lol I use homemade shampoo bars and soap and haven’t had a problem up until now

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Antia! Because this has no water content, the shelf life is as good as the expiration date on the oils you used if stored in a cabinet – typically 2+ years! Hope you all love this salve – we’re still using it regularly over here 🙂

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    is there an alternative for beeswax? my facial skin is sensitive to it 🙁

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    Can you provide me with the name of the essential oil blend you link to, or the oils that make up the blend please? I’m in Canada and the link in the recipe won’t show me the Amazon link. Thanks!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Christina! I love using Plant Therapy’s Skin Soother. It has Palmarosa, Cedarwood Atlas, Lavender, Coriander, Geranium Egyptian, Patchouli, Rose Absolute and Sandalwood. It’s so nourishing, soothing and healing for any skin conditions! Plant therapy has very reasonable international shipping (they pay taxes, duties, etc.) and free shipping to Canada with $50 order. Hope that helps!

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    I have psoriasis and Diabetes and my skin can get so dry. I going to try this. One thing for sure is I tried so many things. My feet and the bottoms get so dry. can’t wait to try it.

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    Hi, where do you get your jars?

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    Hello I’m going to making this this weekend. But I was wondering could I add some vitamin E oil to it? If so how much would you suggest! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Holly, yes, you could do that if you wish, but it’s not necessary. The oils and butters already contain significant amounts of Vitamin E (some people put vitamin E in skincare recipes for a little bit of preservative properties, but no preservative is needed for this recipe since there is no water in the recipe. This salve will last for years). With that said, if you still wish to do vitamin E, a 1/2 teaspoon would be good for this recipe. Hope that helps! Enjoy!

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    Can I use candela oil instead of jojobaoil?

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