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Noni Lavender Multi-Purpose Salve


When we first moved to St. Croix, though I noticed the abundance of tropical flora and fauna, I also noticed the wild noni trees that were growing everywhere.  With very little effort, I was told these “pain killer trees” flourished.  As the curious cat that I am {J is convinced that I am one}, I plucked some fruit off the shrubby little trees and asked some locals about them.  I discovered that it’s hailed as an adaptogen and that islanders have been using it for homeopathic remedies for ages.  It’s probably faster to note what it’s not used for as its benefits are plenty.

Before going on further however, I would like to point out that it smells of blue cheese and doesn’t have a taste to write home about either but never fear!  I have remedied this.  Today, I’m milking the ripe fruit and blending it with organic lavender essential oil for not only its pleasant masking scent but for its own benefits.  The locals in St. Croix have shared with me that they use the pulp for everything from sunburns to arthritic aches and boast of its many therapeutic qualities.  Apparently, they don’t call it the pain tree for nothing.  I’ve even heard of folks using it to boost their immunity to prevent colds/flu.  Perhaps it’s due to its myriad of phytonutrients, potassium and antioxidants.  All I know is that J has been just loving it as a massage lotion and my skin has been glowing since I’ve used it.

Today, I’m showing you just how easy it is to whip up this multi-purpose salve at home.  It’s a simple DIY that only calls for a few ingredients.  With the kiss of lavender {or any of your choice}, the finished product yields a nice smell that is enjoyable to use.  What I love about this salve the most is that it’s lightweight and isn’t greasy.  It mimics a water based product despite having a base carrier oil of homemade coconut.  You could also experiment with arnica, eucalyptus, rosemary, ginger, turmeric or peppermint.  Since it contains raw noni juice, I highly recommend storing this salve in the refrigerator.  Though it hardens {just like plain coconut oil}, it melts instantly on contact.  A little bit goes a long way which is particularly nice since I saw a 4 oz jar of noni salve at a local boutique for $28.  Better yet, this salve can also act as a hair treatment, scar/sting/bite ointment and lotion as well.

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Noni Lavender Multi-Purpose Salve
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Serves: 4-6 oz
  • 2 tb raw noni juice
  • ½ c cold pressed coconut oil + 2 noni leaves
  • 1 tb organic beeswax
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Obtain a soft, ripe noni fruit and press out the juice. Set aside.
  2. Steep the torn noni leaves in the warm {not hot} coconut oil for 15-30 minutes. Muddle the leaves to release more of its oils. Strain and set aside.
  3. Melt the beeswax.
  4. Combine the juice, coconut/essential oils and beeswax. Heat the mixture if needed. Heat in short bursts, just until it melts as to not destroy the integrity of the ingredients.
  5. Whisk to aerate and emulsify. As it cools, it will thicken.
  6. Pour into a 4-6 oz container when it is still thin and warm. Cool and refrigerate {to extend the shelf life}.

Don’t have fresh noni? Try these:
Noni Powder:
Noni Extract:

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