help me choose an organic salve

Natural Healing Herbal Salves


If you are my age (over 60), you remember topical ointments and salves from the corner drugstore. Unfortunately, these ointments were made primarily of petroleum products, like petroleum jelly, and were not truly agents of healing.

Chagrin Valley salves are made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients.

It does not make sense to create a healing product with ingredients that contain GMO's and are sprayed with pesticides, irradiated and fumigated.  We use . . .

  • Certified Organic Oils
  • Certified Organic Herbs & Botanicals
  • Certified Organic Essential Oil


There are no artificial ingredients, no petroleum products, no synthetic preservatives or emulsifiers and no synthetic fragrances.

Organic Herbal Healing Salves

Organic herbal salves work because they rely on the medicinal properties of nature.

To make a basic salve, all you need is an oil and beeswax. But the magical part of a healing salve comes from the herbal infused oils we use to make them.

Herbs are plants that contain a life force of their own. Slowly infusing herbs into oil transfers the healing properties, scent and color to the oil, and is one of the oldest forms of medicine-making.

Whether you call them balms, salves, or ointments, Chagrin Valley organic salves are combinations of healing herbs, botanicals and therapeutic soothing oils.Some salves contain pure essential oils for their healing and/or aromatherapeutic properties.

We use our organic salves externally for minor skin irritations, insect bites, cuts, abrasions, healing scars, muscle and joint pain, stuffiness, chest congestion, stress relief and more.


A common question often asked is, "Which salve is the best?" You will notice from the chart below that although many salves have similar properties, some target very specific problems. Since your skin is unique to you--it is often difficult for us to choose just the right salve for you!

Some of our suggestions based on our experience and customer feedback:


  • BEST TATOO SALVE: Calendula

  • BURNS: St. John's Wort Salve

  • ANTISEPTIC OINTMENT: Goldenseal and Myrrh

  • ITCHING: Chickweed

Also see a comparison of our Sea Buckthorn and Tamanu Salves below!

Salve What We Used It For!
  • Calendula
    • Best all purpose salve
    • Minor skin irritations
    • Rashes
    • Minor burns
    • Tattoos
    • Vaginal lubricant (not to be used with latex condoms)
    • Extra dry skin, cracked hands and feet
  • St. John's Wort
    • Best salve for minor burns
    • Sunburn
    • Minor skin irritations
    • Rashes
    • Ida developed this salve to use during her radiation treatments for breast cancer
    • Extra dry skin, cracked hands and feet
  • Chickweed
    • Best salve to relieve itching**
    • Soothe and calm itchy, inflamed and irritated skin conditions
    • Helps itchy dry skin and itchy healing skin
    • First aid for relief from insect bites and stings
  • Goldenseal Myrrh
    • Best natural healing antiseptic ointment
    • Minor cuts
    • Fungal and bacterial infections
    • Minor burns
    • Contains Tea Tree oil - - known as the "first aid kit in a bottle"
  • Sea Buckthorn
    • Heals and reduces scars
    • Promotes wound healing
    • Promotes healing of burns, including radiation and sunburn
    • Rosacea--helps kill demodex mites that often cause rosacea
    • Relieves dry patches of skin, acne and dermatitis
    • Repair damaged and dry skin to help combat symptoms of aging skin such as wrinkles  
    • Learn why high quality, organic Sea Buckthorn oil is so expensive!
  • Tamanu
    • Has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
    • Helps fade stretch marks and reduces scars
    • Promotes wound healing
    • Promotes healing of burns, including radiation and sunburn
    • Promotes new tissue formation and encourages healthy skin growth to aid in healing minor cuts, burns, rashes, acne, eczema, rosacea, and other skin conditions.
    • Repair damaged and dry skin to help combat symptoms of aging skin.

Help me Choose Sea Buckthorn or Tamanu

If the descriptions for Sea Buckthorn Salve and Tamanu Salve seem very similar, that's because they both contain really great natural bioactive ingredients. To help you choose, here are a few suggestions based on our experience and customer feedback.

Salve What We Used It For!
  • Sweet Dreams
    • Quiets your thoughts and clears your mind
    • Does not make you sleepy, simply helps decrease stress so you relax and sleep naturally!
    • Great to use during the day when feeling uneasy or stressed
  • Breathe Easy
    • For general stuffiness from dry heat, colds or allergies
    • Energizing essential oil blend awakens the body to help relieve exhaustion and fatigue
  • Cool Menthol
    • More intense congestion relief
    • The cooling sensation helps airways feel open to make cold sufferers feel more comfortable
    • Eases the sensation of pain by stimulating cold sensors in the skin (similar to a cold pack) which refreshes tense muscles and cools sore joints
    • The blast of cooling vapors stimulates the body and senses to help relieve exhaustion and fatigue
  • Warming Muscle
    • Excites heat sensors in the skin
    • Provides a warm feeling to the skin and underlying tissue layers
    • Stimulates circulation
    • Helps temporarily relieve pain from sore muscles, stiff joints, arthritis and nerve pain (neuralgia).
    • Can also be used before exercising to warm and loosen muscles and joints
Organic Cayenne Muscle SalveOrganic Menthol Sore Muscle Salve

Help me Choose A Muscle Salve

When choosing which sore muscle salve to use, Warming Cayenne or Cooling Menthol, it is simply trial and error. The best question to ask yourself is... what helps alleviate your pain better, Heat or Cold.

The Warming Salve contains a synergist blend of herbal infused oils and essential oils that I personally find very helpful with nerve pain and sore muscle pain. Although I find that the cooling menthol salve provides more relief for my arthritic joint pain, I like the Warming Salve better for the arthritis in my thumb joints.

We have friends and family with restless leg syndrome who massage these salves into their calves or soles of their feet. While some like the warmth and some the cool, it seems that the warming salve works better for the calves and the Cooling Salve works better on the feet.

The choice is very much based on personal preference,  but I just wanted to share what we have discovered.
natural anti itch salve

**Salves and ointments should not be used on open or weeping skin with Poison Ivy or Poison OakThe irritating oil (urushiol) in Poison Ivyand Poison Oak can be spread by oil based products. Once the area has dried, salves can be used to aid healing or relieve itching.

Please Note: The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. If you have medical concerns regarding yourself or your family you should seek the advice of qualified, licensed health professionals. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please read our Medical Disclaimer.