Aunt Flo’s Soothing Salve – for menstrual cramps, back pains, and frazzled nerves

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This post is for women, but if you are a man and you want to learn something to help any of the women in your life, feel free to read on. I won't be going into any kind of gory details, so you can skip the horror face from reading the title! I promise!

I was scared to give up my pain relievers

There has been one area of my life, that going natural and medicine free, has been a problem. That's during the time of the month that Aunt Flo decides to come out and visit. I have Endometriosis and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and because of this, my periods are VERY painful. I am talking the kind of pain that has me curled up in a ball in bed, wishing it would just be over with already. I was terrified to give up my use of Advil. I don't use it for anything else during the rest of the month, just for those first three days, when the pain is unbearable. Even just using it that small amount. once a month was really starting to wear on my guilty conscience.

Essential oils and herbs can help a TON to relieve the pain

During all of the reading that I have been doing for my Master Aromatherapy Certification, I have been learning all kinds of ways to heal the body, just by using essential oils. The most interesting information that I came across was that essential oils are being used to help alleviate the pains and symptoms that MANY different women experience. I got really excited! Could this be the answer to my problems? I decided to pick out the essential oils that I had, for the problems that I was experiencing and added them to a little bit of coconut oil. I massaged the oil combination onto my abdomen and lower back several times a day, and I felt a great deal of relief! It was AWESOME! I combined that salve with some of Cramps-B-Gone Tea, and I was able to feel so MUCH BETTER! This is my new monthly regimen to help ease all of the pain and symptoms that I end up going through, WITHOUT the use of Midol, Advil, or Tylenol.

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Aunt Flo's Soothing Salve

For this recipe, I tried to pick out common symptoms that most women are feeling; pain, depression, hormonal imbalances, muscle pains, and more! This recipe makes 8 oz. of salve. I usually fill four 2 oz. containers with this recipe.



  1. In a double boiler (or a glass/pyrex measuring cup sitting inside of a pan that has about 1 inch of water in it) melt the coconut oil/olive oil along with the beeswax. When the ingredients are fully melted and combined, remove from heat.
  2. Allow mixture to cool just a tad, and then add essential oils and vitamin e (if using). Allow to cool and harden before use. This recipe makes approximately 8 oz. (or one cup). I usually pour my salves into 2 oz. flat tins.

TO USE: Massage a small amount of the salve onto your abdomen, lower back, legs, and even sore breasts whenever needed!

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    Can you use Evening primrose oil with the olive oil?

  • Janet

    Could you use primrose oil for this in place of the olive oil? or could you use both?

  • I usually remember to rub it in when I first start having cramps and then try to keep up with it until they are gone!

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  • they can, but i wouldn’t do that if melting them for body care products to heal skin conditions (like body butters and what not) as the microwave does kill the healing benefits in the coconut oil (and shea butter)

  • since there is no water added to this recipe, the tin will last at least a year, as long as water isn’t ever introduced to it!

  • Muna

    Hi! I love your blog and I’ve been following all your tips and recipes in order to improve my health and the ones I love for about three months. But i’d like to let something clear regarding vitamine E: it is not a natural preservative. It is an antioxidant which means that it will delay the oxidation process of oils. That means, they won’t become rancid as fast as they usually do (which is not very fast in proper conservation conditions). Why is it important to establish this diference? Because when you mix oils and water, you will need a preservative (not an antioxidant) to avoid yeast and other nasty things to grow in your preparation. There are many preservatives that are made from natural sources. I’m not sure the ones that are sold in your country (since I am from an Argentinian living in Brazil) but surely you will be able to find one that suits your interests best!. Regards!

    • You are totally correct. I wrote this post over 2 years ago, since then I have definitely learned that same information and much more! I just had forgotten to get each post that I had put that in! Thank you for pointing that out, and thank you for loving my blog!!!

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  • anna perales

    I wanted to know if I don’t have Bergamot or Ginger will the rest still work for me or can I use something different for those 2 oils?

    • Christina

      you can omit the Bergamot and replace it with sweet orange if you want to, the ginger is VERY helpful to pain relief and cramps but can also be omitted or replaced with black pepper if you have it on hand!

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  • Alisha

    Hi I was wondering if I could put liquid hemp oil in with the coconut oil instead of arnica?