St. John’s Wort Massage Melts for Pain Relief

Herbal Chocolate Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

Today’s herbal massage melts recipe is a special feature from the new book The Beeswax Workshop by Chris Dalziel.

It’s a fantastic book filled with 130+ recipes and ideas for using beeswax to make everything from candles, soaps and personal care products to surfboard wax, shoe polish and beeswax crayons.

Reading through this book, I was amazed at all of the things I never knew beeswax could do!

I can already tell it’s going to be an oft-used resource for my home library and am already planning on gifting copies to all of my crafting and beekeeping friends and family.

The Beeswax Workshop Book

When Chris and her publisher graciously allowed me to share a recipe on my site, I was excited, but had a really hard time choosing a favorite!

I finally decided on these chocolate massage melts since I had a cute new silicone heart mold to play with (from the Valentine’s Day section of my local store), plus I always have loved ones in need of some type of pain relief.

I did change the recipe slightly than written below (and in the book) since I didn’t have Balm of Gilead infused oil or myrrh essential oil on hand.

Instead, I infused the coconut oil with myrrh powder and used sunflower oil instead of the Balm of Gilead oil.

You could also use more St John’s wort oil or another light oil. (You can buy ready made St John’s wort oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Herbal Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

Herbal Massage Melts for Pain Relief

(Recipe excerpt from The Beeswax Workshop, pages 92 & 93, used with permission from author.)

These herbal massage melts are for pain relief, relaxation and comfort.

With the heady fragrance of chocolate, they are served up in single serving sizes. Mold them in a silicone chocolate mold for best effect. They make a lovely gift.

Yield: 24 (1 1/2 tsp) servings

Herbal Chocolate Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

Ingredients for Herbal Massage Melts

  • 3 tbsp (32 g) cocoa butter
  • 4 tbsp (36 g) beeswax
  • 2 tbsp (26 g) St John’s wort infused oil
  • 1 tbsp (13 g) Balm of Gilead infused oil (or more St. John’s Wort Oil)
  • 3 tbsp (36 g) coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop myrrh essential oil
  • 1 drop vetiver essential oil
Herbal Massage Truffles in Heart Mold

Directions to Make

Make a double boiler using a glass measuring cup. Simmer the cocoa butter, beeswax, infused oils and coconut oil in the cup until your cocoa butter, beeswax and oils melt. You won’t need to boil the water; steaming it is enough.

Once the beeswax mixture is melted, remove from the heat. Stir well as the mixture cools.

When the mixture begins to cool and thicken, stir in the vitamin E and essential oils. Pour about 1 1/2 teaspoons into each mold indentation. (Or more, if you have a larger mold, like I have.)

To Use

Melt the massage truffle between warm hands and use the rich oil to massage into the back and body. Continue the massage until the oils are fully absorbed into the body and the skin is dry, about 15 minutes.




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  1. Love the idea. What would you suggest in place of the cinnamon oil? My daughter is allergic to cinnamon.

    1. Hi Judy! I’ve thought of exploring this idea further with variations using essential oils such as peppermint or lavender, or my favorite pain relief blend (Tei Fu Oil by Nature’s Sunshine).
      They’re more cooling than the cinnamon, but I’ve successfully used them in other pain relief recipes, so feel they could make good alternatives. I’ll double check with the author, Chris, and see if she has a suggestion as well. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Jan. As always they are excellent suggestions. Your mold makes them so pretty. I love your substitutions. This recipe is so flexible you could adjust the herbs and oils for the exact relief you need. I’m going to make some of these this week with calendula infused oil for it’s lymphatic drainage benefits.

    Cinnamon essential oil could be switched out with lavender for relaxation and pain relief. If you need a cooling oil, peppermint could replace it for the same pain relief. Or you could leave it out.

  3. I was looking at the conversions from Tablespoons to grams. They don’t look right.
    If 1T=13g, then the following should be true: 2T=26, 3T=39 and 4T=42.
    Otherwise, I can’t wait to make these.

    1. Hi Kathy! The tablespoons are differing numbers because the various ingredients have different densities and weights.
      The liquid oils have pretty similar weights so they run about the same, but beeswax and butters are bulkier and weigh differently when you measure them – similar to how 1 pound of feathers takes up a lot more room than 1 pound of iron.
      I hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  4. the list is endless with different ingredients for pain and relaxation. I think I would use arnica infused oil and some menthol crystals.
    Thanks for sharing this Jan

  5. What about maybe a capsicum butter or black pepper oil? Those might help as alternatives to cinnamon?

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