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CW Naked Salve Pro Tips

December 11, 201515 Comments

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If you've discovered essential oils and/or Camp Wander, you know that essential oils blended in this proprietary, pure salve base is a pretty big deal here.  CW Naked Salve reigns supreme as the carrier base that protects the skin, supports absorption and has the ability to become any blend or single essential oil salve you can dream up!  Here's a few pro tips to show you how easy and smart it is to work with. First and foremost, the recipe! The original CW Naked Salve blog post will tell you all you need to know and includes a recipe card. I depend on CW Naked Salve because it's free from the chains that bind, free to be whatever I need it to be, free to stand on it’s own merit and free of self defeating chemicals. I want you wrap your head around it's versatility because it's uses are endless. The pros see beyond a brilliant carrier oil, they see a simple, nutrient packed base for their most used EO blends and favorite single EOs creating a "built in" carrier oil. The process is easy, all you need is a warm oven and a flat oven safe surface like a plate or casserole dish and your favorite essential oil blend or single of course. I make lots of CW Lavender Thieves Immunity Salve to share with family and friends, this blend is a CW favorite.  As a pros often do, I'm saving time by repurposing my therapeutic CW Lavender Thieves Diffuser Blend to make Immunity Salve for the grands, it's a great daily boost for our littles and me too!  I apply the bottoms of my feet and in my navel most mornings and, it's a pretty darn good natural deodorant in a pinch too.  
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Super Important!  CW Salve pros know that water and salve do not play nice together.  If even a small amount of water gets into your salve you run the risk of mold developing. For this reason, reheating should always be done in a warm oven, not in a warm water bath. Pros also use glass jars rather than plastic for the purpose of simple reheating and, essential oil protection and longevity. In the photo above you see a gently warmed jar of CW Naked Salve ready for one of my favorite blends, Lavender Thieves (recipe).
  • Preheat oven to 200 or warm setting. Place jar on an oven safe flat surface and heat for approximately 10 minutes or until salve has returned to a liquid state.
  • Add 25 drops CW Lavender Thieves Blend per 1 ounce glass jar, stir the oils in gently with a clean stainless or glass my case, this butter knife does the trick just fine.
  • If you're making your own version of CW's Salve Singles, a potent therapeutic essential oil salve with protective skin sensitivity properties.  Add 25 drops essential oil per 1 oz jar. You'll love the way the strong aroma of essential oils is softened in this salve base. You'll also love that you don't have to worry about spillage, measuring or diluting. I have completely changed the way I use essential oils.
  • Let cool, cover with a clean tea towel.
  • Label jar with a waterproof label if possible to keep it smudge proof.

Before I close this post, I leave you with this reminder - your salves are only as powerful and effective as the quality of ingredients that you use. Keep in mind, there are many levels of "organic" products on the market. Pros do their research. Of course, you can follow my links to preferred products, but always shop for organic, gmo tested, unrefined (least amount of processing) when shopping for coconut oil etc. Find the purest beeswax you can, look for un-uniform pieces vs perfectly formed pastilles for your salves, your beeswax should smell fragrant not smoky, quality matters!


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May 10, 2017 at 11:49am

Can you tell more about the naval protocol? When , where, how to use this. Thanks

Debora Cadene

May 10, 2017 at 11:49am

Rebecca, your generosity in sharing with us, goes above and beyond. Thank you so much for this post and the reminders of how important these salve can be, in our every day lives. My husband and I use the All Purpose on a daily basis, and I am grateful that you’ve given me the opportunity to do so.
I"d really love to know how many drops 5 – 7.5ml is though…is it the same as the 25 drops we would add to the jar of melted Naked Salve, or is it more?? (i’m so sorry for the confusion)
thank you again, you are an Angel.


May 10, 2017 at 11:49am

Debra, questions are good because chances are someone else is wondering the same thing! Lavender Thieves Salve is a salve blend, it’s not a Salve Single, there’s a big difference between the two and I’ll explain why. My Salve Blends, require 25 drops per 1 oz jar but of course, if you’re making your own you can decrease or increase the amount of EOs.

My Therapeutic Salve Singles for purchase contain 7.5ml of one essential oil, they’re very potent and designed to be used in the same manner as a bottle of essential oil only now, a nutritious carrier is supporting the essential oil. Salve Singles can be blended with each other for a custom recipe, layered or used individually. 1/8 teaspoon of salve equates to 2 drops of essential oil.

Does this help? :)

When I mention Salve Singles I’m referring to a single essential oil supported in a pure salve base, Naked Salve (a nutrient packed carrier oil) that you would use much in the same manner as a drop or two of essential oil without the mess of measuring out drops and mixing in a carrier oil. My Salve Singles are potent, only 1/8 teaspoon is needed in most cases. Salve Singles can be blended together, layered or used individually :)

Debora Cadene

May 10, 2017 at 11:49am

Hi Rebecca. Thank you so much for your reply. I love how a jar of a single EO or a blend of EO has all the worry taken out by you having it in a jar of the perfect carrier.
So if I had a 1 oz jar of your Salve single of Lavender Thieves and a jar of the Naked, with the 25 drops of the Lavender Thieves mixed in….when would I use the single over the mix? (please accept my apology for not “getting it”. I realize i’m probably confusing myself, and then “trying” to put it onto paper…lol.

P.S….is this still a “kitchen” lavender with the thieves? and could you dab some of this on a small burn, or should you just use the single Lavender? I think I’m mixing stuff up again…

thanks again. Your patience and replies are so greatly appreciated!!


Joan Q

May 10, 2017 at 11:49am

Rebecca, I am so grateful for your EO wisdom. I am a huge fan of your salve recipe and the blends you have shared. I think I have made and used just about all of them. I also appreciate how you explain why they work the way they do. Thank you so much!!

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