I’ve had a Magic Butter Machine for almost a year now and I’ve hardly used it for much because I prefer doing small batches but I was very excited to see someone in one of my herbal groups using it as part of the process of making a salve! This is my first experiment. I want to see what happens when I just throw everything except the essential oils into the pot from the start! This is a cannabis free salve because I was curious how to incorporate the machine into a wider scope of herbal uses 😉
Traditionally only the liquid oils would be infused with the herbs first and then the other ingredients would be added. The Magic Butter machine needs a minimum of 2 cups added to it + herbs. I don’t often need a full 2 cups of a particular infused oil so I’m hoping doing it this way works nicely so my batch sizes can stay smaller.
Here’s my thinking:
In Thomas Eisley’s Modern Herbal Dispensary he says that ideally heat would be maintained in a range of 122-140 degrees for medicinal oils because heating over 150 degrees may make oil go rancid quicker. I checked the ideal temperature range for all the ingredients I’m using to plan out the process. I tried to use a variety for this first trial to see how they fare.
Olive oil (extra virgin) – can handle heat up to 320 degrees safely
Sunflower Oil – can handle up to 440 degrees safely
Avocado Oil – can handle heat up to 520 degrees safely
Beeswax – melts around 144-147 degrees
Tempering the butters for about 45 minutes and then cooling them quickly in the fridge can help avoid the graininess that sometimes happens in the final product. I included these temperatures because it also gives an idea of how high the temperature can go while still being beneficial to the process.
Due to the higher melting point of 144 degrees for beeswax, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to use the 130 degree setting. I added the beeswax anyways to see if 130 degrees plus the blade and length of time is enough to melt the pastilles I’ll be using. It was successful thankfully!
Another option is to melt the beeswax seperately and add it to the bowl when you’re mixing in the essential oils after straining! I didn’t have any problems with everything melting or with straining so I would just add it directly in again next time.
The Magic Butter’s official recipe for infusing oil recommends running the machine for 2 hours for thicker bases like coconut oil so that’s what I did!
The Herbal Academy (in the Introductory course) recommends using 2 oz of dried herbs per cup of oil. Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine (in the Medicine Making course) recommends using a 1:1 ratio of dried herbs to oils. As a general guide, you can use 4 oz of dried herbs or 2 cups for this recipe! I measured and 2 cups ended up being 2 oz of herbs so I used a bit extra, 2 3/4 cups. You can probably use between 2-4 cups as your range.
Template for Magic Butter Machine Salve
- Magic Butter Machine
- Strainer + Glove
- 1 cup liquid oils
- 1 cup coconut oil and/or butters
- 2-3 cups dried herbs
- 1/4 cup beeswax 8:1 ratio
- 120 drops essential oils 2% dillution
- Add the oils, butters, herbs, and beeswax to the inside of the Magic Butter Machine. Stir well to combine and mash the coconut oil a bit if necessary. Close the lid
- Set the machine to run for 130 degrees for 2 hours. If it sounds like it isn't blending well, open and stir before starting it up again
- Strain the mixture into a bowl and stir. After it cools a bit, add in the essential oils and mix well
- Pour the salve into jars and refrigerate so it cools quickly
Why I chose those herbs:
Damiana – We’re working with it in the Wonder Sessions right now so I’m trying to work it into everything! It can help with cramps and pain
Rose – can help with soothing inflammation and pain
Chamomile – helps with skin irritation, inflammation, and cramps
Nettle – soothes skin and irritation, as well as being a source of antioxidants and nourishment
Violet Leaf – helps move stagnant energy, break down hardness, nourishing skin
It seems a lot of these herbs are good for women’s health and menustral difficulties, though it wasn’t intentional, so that partly informed my essential oil choices! This salve could also be good for general aches and pains, or for when you need something uplifting that will help you shake off stagnant energy.
My Magic Butter Machine Salve
- Magic Butter Machine
- Strainer + Glove
- 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil extra virgin
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1 cup damiana
- 1/2 cup chamomile
- 1/2 cup red rose
- 1/4 cup violet leaf
- 1/4 cup nettle
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 30 drops clary sage
- 30 drops vetiver
- 30 drops cedar
- 20 drops ylang ylang
- 20 drops rosemary
- 20 drops bergamot
- Add the oils, butters, herbs, and beeswax to the inside of the Magic Butter Machine. Stir well and mash the herbs into the coconut oil a bit if stirring isn't going well. Close the lid
- Set the machine to run for 2 hours at 130 degrees. If it sounds like it's not blending well, open to stir and restart for 2 hours
- Strain the mixture into a bowl. After it cools a bit, add the essential oils and mix well
- Pour the salve into jars and put the jars directly into the fridge so it cools quickly
Why I chose those essential oils:
Cedar – I adooore cedar. It’s one of my favourite scents and I would put it in everything if I could. It has a calming and grounding effect.
Rosemary – helps pain and inflammation
Vetiver – great for skin and the smell is calming
Clary Sage – excellent for cramps and soothing
Ylang Ylang – calming and uplifting
Bergamot – so uplifting and cheery; helps with body tension (remember to be careful with sun exposure)
Things I learned:
I had to open the machine to stir like 5 minutes in because it sounded like it wasn’t blending well. This was because the blending started only a few minutes after turning it on and not enough had melted yet. Stirring better before starting probably would have helped this! To be honest, I didn’t stir it at all after I put it all in 😉 It was fine after stirring well
I would love to hear from you
I couldn’t think of any downsides to making a quick salve with a 1 pot approach with almost all the ingredients added from the start but I would welcome your thoughts! I’m always looking to tweak things.2