Devils Claw salve

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6 Tbsp devils claw infused oil
1 Tbsp bees wax
1 tsp cocoa butter

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Stormy Stewart Recipe
Well Seasoned
Mio, MI (pop. 12 477)
Member Since Mar 2011
Stormy's notes for this recipe:
Use salve as a relief for headaches and for use with general nerve type pain.

Devils Claw (Grapple Plant) also known as Leopards or Wolfs Bane.

Harpagophytum procumbens
(Harpagophytum means hook plant in Greek.Procumbens means prostrate in Latin)

Grows in the warm African savanna or grasslands.

Proboscidea Louisianica is the U.S. plant.

It’s the plant’s roots and potato-like tubers that are valued the most and harvested for medicinal purposes.

It soothes and heals bruises, sprains and relieves irritations from trauma, arthritis and muscle pain, all forms of Arthritis ( Rheumatoid or Osteo).

Devil’s Claw – the roots and tubers are used to make the oil.

The thick, secondary roots are sliced and dried. An ointment is made from the root material which is applied to sores, ulcers and boils.

In Europe, Canada, and the United States, devil’s claw is widely used for joint inflammation, pain, and treating degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It was the ingredient in nearly three-fourths of the prescriptions for rheumatism in 2001.

NOTE: Devil’s claw should be stored in a closed container, away from light
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Mix all together and heat over low heat on a double boiler or on 1/2 power in microwave watching so that the beeswax melts, but no longer.

Take out mix very well and pour into a waiting jar with a tight fitting lid. Keep in a cool dark place like a medicine cabnet.
NOTE: I have friends save their old jars from beauty products for me to fill with salves. I love the "night of olay" jars they are milk glass with a dark top. (perfect for keeping light out and product from leaching harmful stuff out of plastic.)

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user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 19, 2011
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user deb baldwin messinthekitchen - Aug 19, 2011
Very interesting..Thanks Stormy!
user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 19, 2011
You are welcome DEB.
user Sheri Hillenbrand shillen - Aug 19, 2011
Where do I find the Devil's Claw Oil? I can find the alcohol but not an oil. Can you grow Devil's Claw. It's funny that you put that picture up. I found a seed like the one in the picture when I was in 5th grade. To this day I still have that seed! Just thought it was so unusual looking but had NO IDEA what it was. Now I know!
user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Aug 19, 2011
If you are lucky enought to live out west it is a weed that hitch hikers get stuck to them. If not you can grow them by seed and themn make your own oil by sending to this site
Or buy the already made extract by going to this site
or put in devils claw extract and use the same as the oil.

Oil is made by either taking cut dried slices of the root or just cutting the root into slices and adding just enough oil to cover and put in a dark place and shake two times a day for two weeks then strain the oil out and use it in recipe.

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