How to Make Piñon Pine Salve

How To Make Pinon Pine Salve

I was inspired to make a plant-based Piñon Pine Salve after my trip to Sedona, Arizona. Read about my spiritual trip and about the special Piñon Pine Tree here.

Piñon Pine Salve

Piñon Pine salve is used to soothe and speed healing of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. I was unable to find a plant-based salve so I made one. Basically, Piñon Pine salve contains the sap, also called resin or pitch, plant oils and wax. Most Piñon Pine salves and the recipes use beeswax. I wanted to create a plant-based Piñon Pine salve using plant wax. A water bath or double boiler system should be used to melt the wax, plant oils, and sap.

Pinon Pine Sap

Benefits of Piñon Salve

  • Minor cuts and scrapes
  • Scratches
  • Splinters
  • Insect bites
  • Dry or cracking skin
  • Minor burn
  • Sunburn
  • Windburn

How To Make Piñon Pine Salve

Pinon Pine Sap
Melting Pinon Pine Sap


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Updated 1/2023. I adjusted my recipe/formula reducing the piñon pine resin. I found less piñon pine resin is needed and it is still very effective.

Joan’s Piñon Pine Salve Recipe

Customizable Base Recipe 16 ounces
Batch Size: 16 ounces (uses the full 2 oz. container of piñon pine sap/resin)

Ounces are by weight.

1.5 ounces (about 6 tablespoons pellet size) candelilla wax

10.8 ounces (about 1 1/2 measuring cups) plant oil*

1.3 ounce (about 6 tablespoons) shaved pieces cocoa butter

2.3 ounces (2 ounces container piñon pine sap/resin*
Optional: 0.06 ounce (about 40 drops) Vitamin E oil*


*Plant Oil: Try sunflower, coconut MCT oil, olive oil, and/or sesame oil) I use a combination of plant oils. I usually use sunflower oil or safflower oil and coconut MCT oil and sometimes I also add sesame oil. These oils have a long shelf life and don’t go rancid easily. My sunflower or safflower oil is usually infused with calendula flowers and other herbs for skin.

*Pine Sap/Resin: I use pinyon pine sap/resin. It is also available at Amazon in 2 ounces containers.

*Vitamin E Oil extends the shelf life of the plant oils. It prolongs the oils from oxidizing and going rancid.



  1. In a water bath or double boiler add candelilla wax, plant oils, cocoa butter, and piñon pine sap/resin and slowly Stir until completely melted. Do not overheat.
  2. Do a spoon test to see if it is the consistency you want. (see Tips)
  3. Pour salve into containers and allow to firm.
  4. Cap and label.


  • The sap/resin is sticky and hard to remove from the container. I found freezing the sap/resin works best to pop it out of the container.
  • Use a water bath to gently melt the ingredients.
  • It is best to use stainless steel. Glass doesn’t conduct heat well, plus the sap/resin easily sticks to the glass
  • Stir often to prevent sticking of the sap/resin.
  • Do a spoon test.
    After everything has melted, test the salve before pouring it into the containers to see if it is the right consistency. Place a small amount of salve on a spoon and place in the refrigerator. If it is too soft, add more candelilla wax, if it is too hard, add more plant oil.
  • Clean-Up
    To remove the sap/resin from the stainless steel pot, wipe the pot with paper towel before it sets up or pour very hot water into it and allow to set overnight.

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