‘Fix Pretty Much Anything’ Salve – A Healing DIY Salve

Hello friends!

Today I am sharing a crafty concoction that is utilized quite frequently in our home and will likely be a nice addition to yours, too.


Today I bring you an easy to create, very powerful ‘fix pretty much anything’ salve.

“Dramatic much?”

Maybe, but, really…it’s true.

You know how *real* food foodies kind-of laugh about saying, “Ah, just rub some coconut oil on it!” because coconut oil is like…well, pretty amazing stuff?

Yeah. This salve is like that.

This salve is always go-to in our home. You will use this DIY salve to help with a plethora of ‘problems’ that creep up in your home. Seriously, just check out how incredibly versatile this healing salve really is…

  • Rough elbows
  • Dry feet
  • Eczema patches
  • Psoriasis
  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Burns
  • Poison ivy
  • Bug bites
  • Sore muscles
  • Bug repellant
  • Antibacterial needs

Yes, ALL of that, for real!

Below I briefly explain the ingredients so you can get a better grasp on just how incredibly healing and nourishing this DIY salve really is for your body and skin. Then, I’ll get right to the recipe. :)

Key Oil Players

Almond TreeAlmond Oil

This oil is an extremely emollient substance, meaning that it easily makes skin very pliable, supple, and very hydrated.

Have oily skin? No worries, this oil will work wonders for you, too. This oil is readily recognized by your skin as a “helper” and will help your skin maintain proper PH levels.

Jojoba TreeJojoba Oil

This oil (really, a wax ester) mimics our own skin’s sebum, so it is a welcome, all natural antioxidant ingredient for our skin…all while not being greasy or ‘oily’, at all.

***Read more  about both almond and jojoba oils HERE in this post I wrote a while back.

Tamanu FlowerTamanu Oil

From Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH), tamanu oil is “…skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and [has] antioxidant properties.” This is a powerful oil that is always present in my home (and even shows up in the organic body lotions available in my shop).

Neem Tree FlowerNeem Oil

This is another fabulous oil to have in your arsenal. Neem oil has an impressive, well-researched track record of not only being incredibly moisturizing and healthy for all skin types, but also effective for repelling biting and stinging insects.

***You should also keep neem oil on hand for when you whip up your next batch of my DIY non-toxic bug spray (RECIPE HERE).

Key Essential Oil Players

Lavender FlowerLavender

I absolutely LOVE lavender essential oil. What can’t it do!? …and, of course, lavender essential oil smells so beautiful. The following is from MRH (learn even more HERE)…

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary.

Benefits: Bruises, burns, dandruff, earache, flatulence, halitosis, headache, indigestion, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insomnia, nausea, nervous tension, rashes, scars, slow digestion, sore muscles, sprains, stress, sunburn, toothache, ulcers, wound.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea Tree is healthy and healing for humans, yet is toxic to many insects. I love the powerful antibiotic properties of this versatile and yummy smelling oil!

Atlas CedarwoodCedarwood

Moroccan Cedarwood (or Atlas Cedarwood) is another favorite of mine. The smell…Oh! Divine!!! It is rich and heavy, but certainly not in a bad way; it’s actually quite seductive. From MRH (learn even more HERE)…

Properties: Antifungal, antiputrefactive, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, regenerative, sedative, tonic.

Benefits: Air purifier, coughs, dandruff, dry skin, fungal infections, insect repellant, nervous tension, rashes, rheumatism, ulcers.

Pelargonium Graveolens Geranium Rose FlowerGeranium

Geranium Oil comes from Pelargonium Graveolens (or Geranium Rose Flowers). The oil coming from these flowers holds many of the same properties as Tea Tree Oil, but it is also hailed for its very strong wound healing properties. You can learn more HERE.

‘Fix Pretty Much Anything’ Salve

JarUpCloseDIYHealingSalveFIxAnything.jpgThe amounts below create appx. 1.5 C of healing salve (give or take).


  • *Optional- 1oz beeswax
    Unless I am running low and in a hurry, I usually DO use beeswax, as it helps the salve to thicken and ‘set’.
    Your salve will be a thick liquid consistency if you do not use beeswax, which is absolutely, 100% fine! I’ve done that, too, but since I often use this healing concoction on my toddler, I like being able to keep it on his skin a little better and the beeswax is a great way to do just that.

Tools Needed

  • 1.5C glass jar or bottle (I like THESE)
  • Measuring spoons and cups (&/or a kitchen scale like THIS; BTW, having a scale is a great investment in your kitchen and I use mine daily)
  • *Only needed if using beeswax — Double-boiler (I make my own with a glass bowl over a pot of shallow, simmering H2O)

Make It WITHOUT Beeswax

  • Measure everything into a bowl
  • Pour into suitable container
  • Shake, shake, shake
  • Hooray…ready to use
  • Store somewhere dry and cool; shake before each use

Make It WITH Beeswax

  • Measure everything (EXCEPT EOs) into the upper part of your double-boiler (for me, this is a glass bowl)
  • Melt on low heat over bottom part of double-boiler (for me, a pot with shallow water) until everything is melted (the beeswax will be the last thing to melt)
  • Turn off heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Add EOs; whisk to fully combine
  • Pour into container and place somewhere safe so it can set up (which actually doesn’t take very long); stop by and stir occasionally
  • Hooray…ready to use
  • Store somewhere dry and cool; stir before use

***Please purchase organic, sustainably- & ethically-sourced, raw materials. I purchase the vast majority of my raw skincare products HERE.
***Also, you might want to hop over here and take a look at this post I wrote a while ago…Essential Oils 101.

I’d hate for you to feel as though you are purchasing ingredients for only one recipe. That always seems to bug me.

Sooooo, below you will find all other DIY recipes on my blog that utilize some of the ingredients listed above. Yay!

Finally,  If you aren’t feeling DIYish and just need some deo, soothing tooshie salve, makeup, &/or bug spray made and sent directly to you, you can pick up these items (and many more!) HERE in my online shop.

12/13/13 UPDATE- I also offer this salve through custom order in my online Organic Skincare Shop. Head over and make a custom order request and I’ll work with you to get this salve to you as I have many other customers now. :) Also, make sure you have subscribed to the newsletter (you can do that from the homepage), as I often do special batches of this and sell it on a first-come, first-served basis and I always let newsletter readers know first.

The latest review in my online shop for this salve…

The name says it all. This cleared up my toddler’s ring worm, my other toddlers various scrapes, and a few of my own scaly wintertime dry skin patches. My husband had a stress induced eczema flare up and this cut his recovery time by two weeks!!! And we took it a step further and cured some of my backyard chickens of a condition called scaly leg mite. Anyone with chickens knows how impossible that is to get rid of, with this salve it was practically overnight results!

Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

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37 thoughts on “‘Fix Pretty Much Anything’ Salve – A Healing DIY Salve

  1. Slobodan Kovacevic

    Please tell me the price for Fix Pretty Much Anything’ Salve, and if I can order it for delivery to Europe, Serbia?

  2. Bev

    Hi, I love your site and all the wonderful information! I am interested in making this salve but have a question. I prefer to use organic ingredients but would have to pay about $40 to obtain 3/4 cup of organic tamanu oil. Could you recommend a supplier with affordable tamanu oil pricing? Thanks for any help you can provide.

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Hi Bev,

      I trust and use Mountain Rose Herbs, and occasionally use New Directions. There are links for MRH in this post and you can compare their price to New Directions. I hope that this helps!

      1. Margaret

        Hi Jess. Just a quick question. I only have 1 T of my Neem Oil left. Would it be ok to only put the 1 T in or is it crucial to use 2-3? I don’t really want to have to purchase any more at this stage.
        Thankyou and I love your recipes!

  3. ashley

    What about people with but/tree allergies? My daughter has extremely bad eczema but she’s allergic to tree nuts (almonds) and some trees and grasses.

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Feel free to substitute anything out so you don’t conflict with your daughter’s allergies. Just make sure that you sub out liquid oils for another liquid oil, etc etc etc.

  4. BlueBird

    You rock! Your information is thorough and the tone and content of your writing has a warm & friendly, and enthusiastic touch! Thank you!

    BTW, I accidentally used teaspoons instead of tablespoons for the Neem oil….will that make a huge difference? If so, should I reheat the mixture and add the appropriate measurements per your recipe?

    Also I used peppermint oil, in addition to the lavender. My husband used all of my Tea Tree Oil unbeknownst to me, lol, so I only had about 2-3 drops to use. Could I also go back and reheat the mixture to add more Tea Tree Oil after the fact?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Hi there!

      First, thank you. <3 Such kind words. I love sharing my recipes with others!

      Second, so sorry for this delayed response! I hope that your new creation turned out to your liking. For future reference, you can always play around with ratios and I doubt that changing the neem oil in such a small amount affected it too much. Also, you can always add things and then reheat on the double boiler to get the consistency that you like.

  5. Alice

    I have a real interest in this post because my friend and I suffer from eczema on our hands. Unfortunately, she’s allergic to geranium and I was wondering if you could suggest a substitute or should I just leave it out all together. Thanks!

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Hi Alice,

      I hate to hear you are an eczema sufferer, too. :/ You can definitely omit the geranium EO and still reap great benefits from this salve. Hope this helps!

  6. Kathy Morkassel

    I have very sensitive skin and react to some fragrances in bad ways .So thats an issue for me tea tree oil gives me a rash and any mint makes my throat swell so nice thought unless i can leave some things out would not dare to use it

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Hi Kathy,

      Of course! You know your own body better than anyone else. If you have a sensitivity to anything in this recipe (&/or an allergy), please…do not add those things when you create your own salve. Let me know if you have a question. Happy DIYing! :)

  7. Sal

    Hey. Thanks for great inspiration !! I am new at this and the ingrediens list is a bit overwhelming for. Can I leave out any of these ingrediens if I need it for my Eczema? Thanks a lot for your help.

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Hi! You’re very welcome. :)
      Well, possible. You’ll want to keep the ratios of everything the same, though. So, if you leave out one of the liquid carrier oils, you’ll want to make up for it by adding more of another one…if that makes sense. Happy DIYing!

  8. karen

    Like the sound of the combination of oils! The one I have been making for my son’s eczama is made with coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil that’s been infused with chamomile and calendula. Will definitly will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing! Also look forward to learning more!

  9. Julie

    Thank you so much for your website. I just finished making some of your recipe for the face powder, and I’m looking so forward to trying it!
    In addition, I’m making the fix all salve that you posted, but I’ve got a little problem. I only have 1/4 cup of the Tamanu oil. I was wondering can I replace the remainder with anything else? Or do you think it will be ok without it? Or should I go ahead and purchase some more and just reward it and add it?
    Thank you so much for your wonderful posts and have a wonderful Easter!

    1. Jessica Healey Post author

      Hi Julie! Thanks for your kind words. I love sharing healthy DIYs with you!

      Yes, you can sub in another carrier oil to make up for the amount you are short with the tamanu and it’ll work just fine. Just make sure you keep the ratios of oils the same.

      Happy Easter to you, too!


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