Devils Claw salve
Devils Claw (Grapple Plant) also known as Leopards or Wolfs Bane.
(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
How to Make Devils Claw salve
- 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.)