DIY pine resin salve wasn’t at the top of my list of projects, but I had recently tackled a DIY beeswax food wraps experiment. That project was a total success. It wasn’t as time consuming as I anticipated, although there was a little clean up. My problem? Leftover supplies. I was left with excess beeswax and pine resin.
I decided to try to make use of these materials instead of letting them sit in my cabinet for the unforeseeable future.
The pine resin was one of the products I used and I had no idea what else I could do with it. I had purchased a fairly large bag, 1 pound, and used only a few tablespoons. Obviously one option is to make a lot more wax wraps. I plan on purchasing more fabric and making several batches as gifts, but until then…what else can I do with this resin?
I decided to a fun DIY pine resin salve project. Since I have 3 children ages 6 and under, I have plenty of uses for an ointment for all of those cuts and scrapes. Pine resin also has anti-inflammatory properties, think Ibuprofen but in a natural form. This salve is great for rubbing on sore muscles or joints. It has warming properties that bring instant relief. Also, if your children are anything like mine, they always want creams and band aids for even the tiniest scrape. It gives me peace of mind to rub something on them that is a natural alternative to Neosporin or other over the counter topical treatments.
The Pine Resin I use is already in a fine, powdery form, which makes life easier. It’s incredibly sticky, so be sure to keep it clear of your clothes, or wear an apron. If it does get on your skin, soap and water won’t cut it, use oil, such as olive oil to get it completely off.
You can use any type of oil you have for this recipe, but I used olive oil because I always have a lot of it on hand. And I love the smell of olive oil, so I knew it would have a clean, fresh smell.
DIY Pine Resin Salve
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup Pine Resin (I prefer this one)
- 1 oz. beeswax (grated)
- Double boiler
- Tubs for salve storage (these are perfect)
- Heat double boiler to a simmer. If you don’t own a double boiler, you can usually pull off just a pot inside another if they fit right.
- Add Pine Resin and oil to double boiler and heat until melted.
- Add grated beeswax. Heat again until all ingredients are melted and blended.
- Carefully pour into tubs. Let cool for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Adding the Pine Resin to oil, in powder form it melts quickly.
Once the Pine Resin and beeswax is melted with the oil, it has a clear, smooth consistency.
Carefully pour into your tubs of choice.
I prefer these small tubs for a few reasons. I purchased them in bulk and used them for my DIY lip balm as well. I also like them because they’re small, instead of one giant tub of salve, I have several small ones. I keep one in the medicine cabinet, one in my purse, and one in our first aid kit in the car. They are incredibly cheap to make, especially compared to over the counter muscle rubs and topical creams, so if you lose one, it’s not such a big loss!
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