Many people use CBD salves on their achy or stiff joints and muscles. Today I'll show you how to make a CBD salve using CBD oil that can be easily obtained in the United States and many other countries. CBD contains incredible properties that make it a rising star in the natural wellness world. So it would make sense to overlap this organic substance with aromatherapy, a longtime natural choice for health & wellness. The terpenes in both broad/full-spectrum CBD oils and essential oils work well together to deliver Make you own roll-ons with this super easy DIY CBD essential oil roll on recipe with 115mg of CBD. Recipes for blends available as well!
Homemade CBD Salve Recipe
Today I’ll be showing you how to make a basic homemade CBD salve using a CBD oil that can be easily obtained in the United States and many other countries. Many people use CBD salves and other topical CBD products on their achy or stiff joints and muscles.
What is CBD oil?
CBD or CannaBiDiol is a non-psychoactive compound that is extracted from the marijuana or hemp plant. It interacts with cannabidiol receptors in our bodies and can be balancing or even healing.
Cannabidiol may be anti-inflammatory and have antioxidant (inhibit oxidation and free radicals that can cause disease) and neuroprotective properties (reducing damage to the brain and nerves). Because of these properties, CBD oil may help with everything from arthritis to Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. It may also help with sleep, pain, mood, and inflammation, amongst other things.
Will hemp-derived CBD oil get you high?
CBD oil comes from the cannabis sativa plant, just like marijuana does, but it doesn’t possess enough THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, to get you “high.”
Within our central nervous system, we have what is known as the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) with receptors that may help control our mood, appetite, and pain sensation, amongst other things.
When CB-1 receptors react with THC, you end up feeling the psychoactive effects that are known as feeling “high.” On the other hand, CBD is what is known as a neutral antagonist. When CBD binds with these CB-1 receptors, it doesn’t activate them, but it blocks THC, not allowing it to bind there and cause its psychoactive effects. It then activates other receptors that control mood, pain, anxiety, etc. So, when you use a product with a high percentage of CBD and a very low percentage of THC, you end up with a product that may have positive effects on your mood, sleep, inflammation, etc., without the psychoactive effects associated with THC. In a product with a more even ratio, the CBD would dampen the effects of the THC.
Is CBD oil legal?
Hemp-derived CBD oils (vs. marijuana-derived CBD oils) are legal in all 50 states and most countries. But, it isn’t quite that simple…
First, what is the hemp plant (vs. a marijuana plant)?
The hemp plant is a cannabis sativa plant with less than 0.3% THC. Hemp plants can be legally grown in the US in certain states for certain purposes.
CBD oil derived from marijuana plants (not hemp plants, but cannabis sativa varieties with more than 0.3% THC) are legal in some states and not in others (and the legalities may vary based on the situation such as if you have a medical need for it or not).
What gets more confusing, though, is that federal laws in the US haven’t caught up to the changing state laws. While most places that sell CBD oil will tell you it is legal in all 50 states, according to the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, full spectrum CBD extractions are illegal. So, technically, any marijuana-based product, even a full spectrum hemp-derived CBD oil with no THC, is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the Federal government. Despite that fact, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne answered this in an interview…
it would not be an appropriate use of federal resources to go after a mother because her child has epileptic seizures and has found something that can help and has helped. Are they breaking the law? Yes, they are. Are we going to break her door down? Absolutely not. And I don’t think she’ll be charged by any U.S. Attorney.
Ironically, this summer, the FDA did legalize a CBD oil product as a Schedule 5 drug (Not Schedule 1!), meaning it has medicinal qualities and a low potential for abuse. The new drug is marketed under the name of Epidiolex, and is the only federally legal CBD product in the US. As can be expected when the FDA gets involved, it comes with a hefty price tag. (GW Pharmaceuticals estimates the price to use it as around $32,500 per year, depending upon your size or age. That’s around $96 per day!)
The new drug approval has no effect on other CBD products which are still considered Schedule 1 drugs by the outdated Federal laws. Of course, that makes absolutely no sense as Schedule 1 drugs are not supposed to have medical benefits and they also have a high potential for abuse. Despite there being only a limited amount of studies on CBD oil, there is already enough evidence to show that neither of those statements is fair or accurate.
There are many companies selling CBD oil and CBD oil-based products in the US with absolutely no issues. In fact, even your typical health food store these days sells a wide variety of CBD oil based products!
So, for now, at least, the state laws seem to trump the Federal laws. The DEA admits to being more focused on opiate drugs and their spokesperson basically stated that nobody is going to have issues buying and using CBD oil. In the end, the true legality of CBD in the US in quite ambiguous, perhaps intentionally.
So, interpret all that as you like. This is not meant to be legal advice!
What you may want to consider, though, is that if your job does mandatory drug testing, you may want to be especially careful if you are wanting to use any marijuana or hemp-based product with full spectrum CBD extractions, regardless of the amount of THC in it or the method you are using to reap its benefits.
If you live outside of the US, like me, it is your responsibility to research the legalities for your country.
Watch how I make this CBD salve:
Are topical CBD products effective?
While topically applied CBD oils aren’t likely absorbed into the bloodstream, they can still be absorbed by the skin and pass the skin barrier by entering through our pores. They can then react with the cannabinoid receptors in the subcutaneous tissue and our skin’s sensory nerve fibers.
Some say that unlike other CBD applications, like sublingual drops or vaping that deliver CBD throughout the bloodstream, topical applications can provide immediate and focused relief directly in the area that needs it.
What effects do topical CBD products have?
The proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals in hemp derived CBD oil make it a nourishing oil for our skin. It may also help protect us against free radicals and damage from the sun.
While one can’t make “drug claims” for what a product may or may not do, we can look to anecdotal evidence for its other possible benefits. Many people say that CBD topical products have helped them reduce pain and inflammation in achy or tight joints, reduce itchiness after swimming in chlorinated pools, or even just given their skin a more youthful appearance.
How much CBD should you use?
After checking out the available topical CBD products sold online, I noticed that several of the CBD salve type products available had around 100mg of CBD for each ounce (30ml) of product. Their common sized salves available were either a tin with 2 ounces and 200mg of CBD or 1/2 ounce products. The latter were often sold in lip balm type applicators, with around 50mg of active CBD.
On the other hand, I have also seen companies offering creams, salves, or body butters with 300mg-500mg per ounce and have heard of other topical products with even higher amounts.
When formulating a homemade salve, I’d probably shoot for a minimum of 100mg per ounce and maybe start out somewhere in the middle ground like 300mg per ounce. You can always adjust your next batch up or down as needed.
If you’re making your own CBD salve using a homemade CBD oil from plants you’ve grown yourself (And I can show you some ways to do that soon too), you won’t really be able to easily calculate the exact amount, which is fine. You’ll just have to experiment a bit as to how much you’ll need to add for whatever your purpose it. If, on the other hand, you are making a salve from a CBD oil that you have bought, you can use those amounts as a guideline for how much CBD oil to use in your CBD salve.
Where to find a high-quality CBD oil?
I’ve been trying to source a good CBD oil for some time now. My son has been having issues concentrating in school, and one of the things that I’ve wanted to try is having him take CBD oil in the morning and see if it helps him focus. A friend of mine has been very successfully using CBD oil for her son with Asperger’s Syndrome, and one of my cousins is also about to try it with her son who is pretty extreme on the autistic spectrum. She’s tried just about everything up until now, without much improvement, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
When my cousin asked me for advice on where to buy, I did more investigation and have found a couple of great options.
For those of you in the US, one of the best options is Purium. Not only is the Purium CBD+ oil a high quality, organic CBD oil, but if you compare oils mg per mg, it is also one of the most affordable options out there. Purium has discount codes available (mine is keephealthywithtracy ) for those who are new to buying, and they also provide you with a discount on each of your subsequent orders if you’re a repeat buyer.
Buying CBD oil with a discount
If you want to try out Purium’s CBD oil at $50 off (or any other Purium products order of $75 or more), click on the link to their website and use the code: keephealthywithtracy (I recommend copying and pasting the code to avoid any issues.) This code will get you either $50 off or 25% off- whichever is more!
If you decide you love it and stick with using their oil and/or other products, you will automatically be considered a “loyal customer” after your first order and will continue to be able to buy at a discounted rate. As long as you order every month, you will save 25% on your purchases. You’ll also start to earn Rewards Points. If you forget to order one month, you’ll receive a 15% discount instead. To get back to receiving a discount of 25% off, make sure you order within 30 days of your last purchase.
Unfortunately for me, Purium doesn’t sell CBD oil here in Europe (yet!), but I have been using some of their other products. I may stock up on their CBD oil next time I make my way to the US. Here in Europe, Purium has many of the same products for sale, some with slightly different names. The company here sells under the name Platinum Health. If you live in Europe and are interested in buying one of the Platinum products, you can also get 50 Euros off (but not 25% off) any order with my code. You would also get future discounts as a loyalty customer. The code here is the same: keephealthywithtracy
Endoca oils and ready-made salve
For those who live outside of the United States or for those within the US who want another option for a company with a wide variety of products, Endoca is another great alternative for finding organic CBD products with high-quality control standards. Endoca is a company that extracts and purifies their oils in Northern Europe, but they have bases in both the US and Europe.
What I really love about Endoca is the wide variety of products that they sell. They sell everything from oil, capsules or pure CBD crystals to suppositories, edibles, and even chewing gum! On their site, you can also find some great information about what method for taking CBD might be right for you.
If you don’t feel like making your own salve, they also sell ready-made salve and whipped body butter!
Calculating the amount of CBD oil to use in the salve recipe
So, let’s get to formulating a salve! We’ll aim for around 300mg per ounce of salve. That’s a higher amount than many of the topical products out there, but less than some others. It’s a nice middle ground that makes for a good starting point. You can adjust it as needed to suit your needs.
Purium CBD oils have 1500mg in a 30ml bottle. That means that each ml of their CBD oil had has 50mg CBD.
If we want to make 60ml (2 ounces) of a CBD salve with around 300mg per ounce, we’ll want 600mg in our 2-ounce salve. That means we’ll want to add 12 ml of the Purium CBD oil to our recipe.
Calculating the amount of total oil in the CBD salve
I’m going to begin by showing you how to make a salve because it’s a very simple product to make that only uses oils and waxes. A good guideline for making a salve is to use roughly 4 parts oil to one part beeswax (or candelilla wax as a vegan alternative), by weight. That would make a somewhat hard salve. If you prefer a softer salve, you can soften it slightly by adding just a tad more oil, getting it closer to a 5:1 ratio.
If we have a 2 ounce (60ml) container, and we want to work by weight, we could shoot for making around 56g of salve. I say 56g because oil and wax both weigh slightly less than water. 60ml of water would weigh 60g, but 60ml of salve will weigh slightly less (somewhere between .9 to .97g per ml, depending on the oil or wax). Of course, we will likely lose a small amount of the salve when it gets left behind in the pan we are using or on our mixing utensils. So you could just shoot for 60g and rub the excess product on any painful joints you may have.
To make 60g of a soft salve, then, you could use around 50g total oil (combining the CBD oil with another carrier oil) and 10g of beeswax. For a slightly harder salve, you could use 48g oil and 12g beeswax.
Customizing this CBD salve recipe
Choosing your carrier oil for your CBD salve
You can choose to use any carrier oil you like for the rest of the oil in your salve. To reap the other benefits of hemp, you could use a hemp seed oil for the rest of your oil content. The disadvantage of using hempseed oil is that it is a more delicate oil that tends to go rancid more quickly, especially when not stored in a cool, dry place. There are ways to extend the shelf life, though, if you don’t want to keep your salve in the fridge. One way is to add an antioxidant like Vitamin E at around 0.5% of the weight of the recipe. If adding in Vitamin E, you’ll want to do so as the salve is cooling as it is a delicate constituent itself.
Another way to help extend the shelf life is to combine the hempseed oil with a more stabilizing oil like jojoba (which is really an oily wax) or meadowfoam oil.
On the other hand, it may just be easier for you to use a carrier oil with a longer shelf life like olive oil, or, even better, fractionated coconut oil. (Just shoot for around 50g total oils:10 g beeswax when making 2 ounces of salve. Got it?)
It’s your salve and your choice! That said, I’ll give you a decent recipe which you can tweak to suit your needs with whatever materials you have on hand in your house.
Choosing your wax
I normally use beeswax, but candelilla wax is a good vegan substitute for those who avoid using beeswax. If you choose to use another wax, you may have to experiment to make a salve with a nice consistency. Some waxes, like carnauba wax, are harder than beeswax, so you’ll want to use less. If you’re using a soft floral wax, you’d likely want to add more.
You can also play with using a combination of waxes to get the consistency and texture of your choice.
Adding essential oils
As many people make CBD salves in the hopes of reducing muscle and joint aches and pains, it only makes sense to add essential oils that may also have anti-inflammatory or pain-reducing effects. Some great essential oils to consider are camphor essential oil and/or turmeric essential oil. Peppermint essential oil also has a cooling effect that may help soothe sore muscles.
Another great essential oil to consider is copaiba oil because it would boost the amount of cannabinoids in this recipe! Copaiba oil is high in BCP, or β-caryophyllene. BCP binds with CB2 receptors and may help reduce pain and inflammation.
CBD and Essential Oil Recipes
CBD contains incredible properties that make it a rising star in the natural wellness world. So it would make sense to overlap this organic substance with aromatherapy, a longtime natural choice for health & wellness. The terpenes in both broad/full-spectrum CBD oils and essential oils work well together to deliver incredible health benefits. Essential oils can deliver terpenes already found in full-spectrum CBD, so the existing terpenes have a greater effect. Essential oils may also contain terpenes not found in the CBD, and provide added benefit by enhancing the overall terpene profile. All of these elements work together through the entourage effect.
Creating our own products using CBD and essential oils is easy and can be a lot of fun. The rewarding outcome of an all-natural recipe we’ve assembled ourselves can aid us with a variety of issues surrounding our mind & body.
Here are a few recipes we’ve put together to get you started:
Relaxing CBD Bath Salts
CBD has been found to decrease stress, allowing our mind and body to relax. Lavender Essential Oil also has calming and stress-relieving benefits. Combining these two into a warm bath will encourage our bodies and mind to relax into a deep and restful sleep.
- 1 cup of Epsom Salt
- ½ cup of Mineral Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1-2 tablespoons of Broad/Full Spectrum CBD Oil
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Peace & Comfort Blend
- *Optional: 1/4 cup of dried lavender buds
Mix all the ingredients until fully combined. Add the mixture to warm bath water and allow it to dissolve. Step in, relax and breathe in deep.
Sore Muscle CBD Massage Oil
CBD can reduce pain and swelling, making it great for topical use on sore muscles and joints. Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Sore Ease Blend can also alleviate joint and muscle pain. Combined, these powerful ingredients help to massage away pain with long-lasting relief.
Mix all the ingredients into a 4oz glass bottle. Shake well to combine. Massage oil into sore and achy muscles for relief. Shake well before each use. The strength of CBD for this recipe can be adjusted according to preference.
Blemish Fighting CBD Facial Serum
CBD oil does not clog pores and may help reduce acne outbreaks and skin inflammation. Frankincense Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil help diminish blemishes and even out skin tone. Tea Tree Essential Oil cleans the pores with potent anti-inflammatory action to leave skin clean and blemish-free.
DIY CBD Essential Oil Roll On Recipe
Save money and make your own CBD roll ons with this easy recipe using CBD essential oils!
CBD essential oil roll ons are a versatile way to get the benefits of CBD and essential oils when you are at home or on the go. They are easy to use, travel well and can perform a variety of tasks from relieving pain, promoting calm, clearing sinuses, repairing damaged skin and much, much more. They are safer to use than essential oils directly on the skin and carry much deeper into the tissues than oils alone. CBD infused roll ons are the newest craze due to their benefots and allow you have your CBD topicals available at all times without a jar sticking out of your pocket or filling your purse. CBD roll ons typically have 50-250mg of hemp and can be prohibitively expensive, especially when infused with Broad or Full Spectrum hemp. Well, now you can easily make your own at a fraction of the cost and tailor them to your own wants and desires. You only need a few simple ingredients, an empty roller bottle and a few minutes.
CBD is expensive. It is also not easy to properly infuse without the proper equipment. We know, we have tried. That’s why we made devoted entire lines of products to helping make DIY CBD crafting easier and faster than ever. With our CBD infused carrier oils and our CBD infused essential oils, you can make low or high strength CBD roll ons, balms, bath soaks, soaps, bath bombs and much more with only a few ingredients with no need for an expensive CBD oil to infuse. Making your own roll ons using our CBD essential oil roll on recipe is one of the easiest DIY projects you can do and can be made with 2 ingredients, or more if you want to make your own blends. More on that later!
Which carrier oils should I use?
Carrier oils are what makes the roll on safe and easy to use on your skin. Essential oils and CBD are fat soluble and require an oil to properly mix with. Lucky for us, carrier oils are not only filled with fats, but also help to do the job or carrying the essential oils and cannabinoids through our skin and deep into our tissues where they can enter our bloodstream and perform their magic. Using one oil is typical for roll ons, but if you want to get creative, you can blend different carrier oils for a wider range of skin nourishing and even reparative properties. We have a few carrier oil blend recipes here. Our favorite carrier oils are:
– FCO is a light oil that is quickly absorbed by your skin and is ultra-moisturizing – Great for dry skin!. – Hemp Seed Oil is another light oil that is quickly absorbed by your skin and is ultra-moisturizing and is rich with essential fatty acids and other nourishing compounds. – Grapeseed is a light oil that is quickly absorbed by your skin and is ultra-moisturizing and contains many essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help your skin look more youthful and glow. – Jojoba is a light, waxy oil that is quickly absorbed by your skin and is ultra-moisturizing and helps balance oily and dry skin – great for clearing up acne and other blemishes. – Sweet Almond Oil is a bit heaver of an oil but is still fairly quickly absorbed by your skin and is ultra-moisturizing.
Best Essential Oils with CBD For Roll Ons
Of course you can use regular essential oils for this recipe, but then you’d be missing out on the increased benefits CBD brings into the picture such as increased pain relief, higher inflammation reduction, natural protection from microbe, fungus and bacteria as well the soothing and calming effects CBD is well known for. Our CBD essential oils are infused with 2 different strengths. With this recipe, using our low strength essential oils gives a CBD total of 45mg. Our high strength oils infuses 115mg of CBD in bottle using this recipe. Combine with our 200mg or 2000mg Carrier Oils as the base and you can increase the CBD amoutn up to 265mg per bottle!
– Lavender has a calming floral aroma that helps to calm your body and mind, reduce stress and even provide pain and inflammation relief. Lavender is also spectacular for skin and provides antioxidant which can help reduce free radicals, nourishing and rejuvenating your skin. – Frankincense has a sweet, balsamic aroma and is commonly used to help ease the mind of stress and worrisome thoughts. Frankincense is another essential oil that is good for your skin and can help reduce inflamed joints from arthritis while giving your skin a healthy glow. – Clary Sage is a commonly used oil with an earthy, herbaceous, floral and slightly fruity aroma. It is very calming and used in conjunction with other calming oil like lavender and chamomile. Clary Sage provides stress reduction and is a natural antidepressant. Clary Sage is also used to help alleviate symptoms of menopause and menstrual cramps.
- CBD Copaiba EO – Copaiba is a sweet smelling oil with great pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in aiding the healing of wounds. – Peppermint’s invigorating minty aromas help to soothe sore muscles and joints wile providing inflammation relief.
Don’t want to buy all the CBD essential oils?
All our carrier oils here at Broad Essentials are infused with Broad Spectrum CBD Oil with naturally occurring CBC, CBG, CBN and terpenes for the widest range of benefits possible. We carry every one is a low 200mg level for those who want to use our CBD Essential Oils with it AND we carry a higher strength, 2000mg. The 2000mg bottle is perfect for making your own Roll Ons and makes 13 150mg 10ml bottles when paired with this recipe. Want an even higher boost of CBD, then use in conjuction with our CBD Essential Oils for up to 250mg of CBD per 10ml roller.