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Purple Dead Nettle Salve (3 Recipes!)

Learn how to make a simple purple dead nettle salve, a salve for sore muscles, and a salve for basic first aid.
Keyword purple dead nettle, quick project, salve
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 ounces


  • kitchen scale, to weigh ingredients
  • heatproof jar or container
  • small sauce pan, with several inches of water in it
  • 2-ounce tin or glass jar, with lid


For the Basic Purple Dead Nettle Salve

  • 1.65 oz purple dead nettle infused oil
  • 0.25 oz beeswax (grated, or pastilles)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

For the First Aid Purple Dead Nettle Salve

  • 1.65 oz oil infused with purple dead nettle and calendula and/or plantain and/or yarrow
  • 0.25 oz beeswax
  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

For the Purple Dead Nettle Aches & Pains Salve

  • 1.5 oz oil infused with purple dead nettle, arnica, and comfrey root (plus other herbs as desired)
  • 0.15 oz tamanu oil (or more infused oil)
  • 0.25 oz beeswax
  • 30 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops juniper berry (or cedarwood atlas, or cypress, or fir needle) essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil


To Make All Versions of Purple Dead Nettle Salve

  • Combine the infused oil and beeswax in a heatproof jar or container. If including tamanu oil (for the aches & pains version) include it here too.
  • Place the jar down into a saucepan with a few inches of water, forming a double boiler.
  • Heat over medium-low heat until completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and add essential oils, if using.
  • Pour into a 2-ounce tin or glass jar.
  • Let cool before putting the top on the container.
  • Store in a cool dry place.
  • Shelf life is at least 1 year.