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Fresh Cannabis Salve: Olive, Rose and Palo Santo

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I’ve long been an advocate of preparing cannabis salve and ointment with olive oil due to the high oleic acid content which aids in deeper penetration of cannabinoids. But lately, I’ve been stepping up my game with the olive tree and learning about how this herb — steeped in ancient mystery — has medicinal qualities in every part of the plant, not just the oil!

Here in Northern California olive trees grow everywhere. You can find them in parking lots, abandoned fields, and even in your own backyard. They are not native to California, but they like the Mediterranean climate, are drought-hardy, and have many uses for the home herbalist and home chef. I have some of my own favorite places to wildcraft leaves, and fresh olives from these trees. Olive is a soothing and healing herb that you’ll want to try; if you don’t have olive trees growing anywhere near where you live, you can purchase the dried leaves from any reliable herb supplier and use them in your own home preparations.

Fresh Cannabis Salve: Olive, Rose, and Palo Santo

Fresh Cannabis Salve: Olive, Rose, and Palo Santo

Yield: 1 salve
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This cannabis salve recipe is prepared with olive leaves and fresh roses. You'll want to select the most fragrant rose blossoms for use in this recipe. There's one additional ingredient apart from olive, rose and cannabis flowers in this recipe: Palo Santo essential oil. Palo Santo is a South American tree which is related to the Frankincense tree. It has many of the same uplifting and purifying properties that exist in all of the trees in this family. Palo Santo has a much more powerful medicinal fragrance than Frankincense, so you'll want to use just one or two drops in your final oil, just before it goes into the freezer to harden.


  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/8 cup of kokum butter
  • 1 cup of chopped olive leaves OR 1/2 cup of dried leaves
  • 2 or more large fresh fragrant roses
  • 2  grams of cannabis flowers or more
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 - 2 drops of Palo Santo essential oil


    1. Combine everything, except for the Palo Santo essential oil, in a quart canning jar and seal. Process the jar in water in a pan on the stove and simmer for an hour. Turn off the teat and allow the jar to cool in the water for 30 minutes.
    2. Carefully remove the jar from the water from the stove and open it. Strain all of the liquid from the plant matter through a strainer lined with cheesecloth into a glass container.
    3. Rest the container with the oil and water for 10 minutes on the counter. Place the container in the freezer and allow the oil portion on top of the liquid to solidify, but not freeze the water. (About 15 - 20 minutes)
    4. Remove from the freezer and pop off the now solid oil and place on a clean cloth or paper towel, to absorb any water remaining on the solid oil.
    5. In a small pan or melter gently melt the oil again. Remove from the heat after it has completely melted. Stir in the Palo Santo essential oil and then pour the melted oil into the final container that you want to use for your salve.
    6. Place the container into the freezer and allow the salve to solidify and completely harden. Remove from the freezer and your cannabis salve can be used immediately.
    7. The cannabis salve is shelf-stable at this point can be stored in a cabinet or the refrigerator depending on your preference. Don't expose to high temperature and use within 6 months.

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