Safety Data & Contraindications For Sore-no-More Salve

This is our go-to salve for sore and aching muscles. When we first feel that twinge in our lower back, or that tense feeling in our neck, we reach for Sore-no-More. It is also what we apply whenever we stub a toe or whack our shin on the trailer hitch…we know a bruise will start to form, so we quickly apply Sore-no-More, and help the healing happen faster.

Use on: sore or aching muscles, tendon or ligaments. Good for trauma, bruises, bumps, bites, stings, strains and sprains.

NOT FOR USE ON OPEN WOUNDS – (Use Skin-Repair-Salve on open wounds)

None of the statements above are approved by the FDA, and are not meant to diagnose or cure any condition, and this  product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  All information provided here is for educational purposes, and is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

As always, we can not recommend the use of any essential oils (orally, inhalation or dermal) for pregnant women or those attempting to conceive; however, we leave it up to each individual to choose what is right for them.


(Apis cerana; Apis mellifera.) organic beeswax (yellow)

Beeswax contains the following benefits: beneficial in lowering cholesterol and for relieving pain. It has been used in cases of swelling (inflammation), ulcers, diarrhea, and hiccups.

Warnings: No known contraindications for dermal use of beeswax.  And, although beeswax is non-toxic, it may cause some side effects if consumed in very large doses.  If ingested there can be allergic reactions, especially in people who are allergic to honey and other related products.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has numerous health benefits, including: skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against many infections and diseases. Read more here:

Warnings: No known contraindications when applied topically.

(calendula officinalis) Note: this ingredient is cold pressed in organic olive oil.

The benefits of calendula are: Calendula has tonic, sudorific (sweat producing), emmenagogic, and antispasmodic properties. Its main use is in skin care and treatment. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and vulnerary action (wound healing properties), this makes it very effective with treating slow healing wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, eczema, and other related skin conditions. It also calms and soothes inflamed, sore, and itchy skin conditions.

Warnings: The dermal application of calendula has no known contraindications, however, some people can be allergic.

(arnica montana) In this preparation it is infused in organic olive oil.

Arnica oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be effective in the treatment and relief of : muscle spasms, muscle aches, pulled muscles and general muscle soreness. Sprains, bruises and swelling in addition to painful bug bites can all benefit from the use of arnica.

Warnings: Arnica is not for internal use. No known contraindications with dermal application, however, some may be sensitive. Arnica oil contains a compound called helenalin. Helenalin may cause allergic reactions in people with sensitivity. Developing a rash while using arnica oil may indicate that you are helenalin sensitive, and you should stop using the oil.

(symphytum officinale) In this preparation, comfrey is infused in organic olive oil.

Comfrey has a wide range of beneficial properties. When used for skin conditions, comfrey can help in treating rashes. It is known for its ability to help speed healing of superficial tissue, and deep within tissue. For bone chips or fractures, comfrey oil has also been applied to fractured bones or torn ligaments in areas of the body where it is not possible to cast. It has also been said that it can help reconstruct torn muscles.

Warnings: No known contraindications and is considered safe with dermal application, when applied to unbroken skin. Comfrey’s speedy healing may actually be detrimental to broken skin or deep wounds, as it can cause the outer skin to heal before the deeper tissue is healed, which can in some cases lead to an abscess. Comfrey is not for internal use, as it can cause liver damage and is considered unsafe for anyone when taken by mouth.

(lavandula angustifolia) Lavender essential oil has so many benefits it is easier to send you here:

Warnings: Lavender has no known contraindications. There is only a moderate risk of skin sensitization with lavender. For dermal use, the maximum level is 0.1%.

In addition to Vitamin E’s health benefits, it is also an all natural preservative, and as such is used in our products to prevent rancidity.

Warnings:No known contraindications when applied topically.

(mentha piperita) – Peppermint essential oil contains the following benefits: digestive, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, respiratory and circulation benefits. You can read more here:


  • Due to peppermint containing 40% or more 1,8-cineole, it should not be applied to the face of infants or children, or otherwise inhaled by them. (children under the age of 2 for sure..use judgement for older children)
  • Menthol-rich oils should be avoided by anyone with heart disease or cardiac fibrillation.
  • Can irritate sensitive skin.
  • Drug interaction with felodipine is suspected.

(cymbopogon citratus) – Lemongrass essential oil has the following beneficial properties: analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactogogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative and tonic substance. The benefits range from skin care, beauty treatments, first aid, insect repellents, anti-fungal treatments and so much more.

Warnings: Drug interaction, skin sensitization, and teratogenicity are all hazards of Lemongrass.

The following cautions apply:

  • Children under the age of 2, and anyone with hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin should not use via dermal application (do not use on broken skin).
  • Ingesting Lemongrass should be done with caution in diabetics whole are using drugs to control blood sugar levels.
  • Lemongrass (dermal use, inhalation & ingesting) is not advised while taking drugs metabolized by CYP2B6.
  • 0.7% is the maximum for dermal use. Could irritate sensitive skin.
  • Risk of teratogenicity (an agent or factor that causes malformation of an embryo).

Data gathered during our research and studies, from some of the following sources:

  • Tisserand, Robert, and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, 2014. Web.
  • “Aromatherapy School and Courses – Aromahead Institute School of Essential Oil Studies.” Aromatherapy School and Courses. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2016.
  • “National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.” NAHA/safety. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.
  • Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. San Rafael, CA: New World Library, 1991. Print.
  • The U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMed.