Ginger-Licorice Salve Makes about 1 cup 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Ginger and licorice soothe the pain of rheumatoid arthritis while also promoting better circulation. This salve will stay fresh for up to a year when stored in a cool, dark place. 1 ounce dried gingerroot, chopped 1 ounce dried licorice root, chopped 1 cup light olive oil 1 ounce beeswax In a slow cooker, combine the ginger, licorice, and olive oil. Select the lowest heat setting, cover the slow cooker, and allow the herbs to steep in the oil for 3 to 5 hours. Turn off the heat and allow the infused oil to cool. Bring an inch or so of water to a simmer in the base of a double boiler. Reduce the heat to low. Drape a piece of cheesecloth over the upper part of the double boiler. Pour in the infused oil, then wring and twist the cheesecloth until no more oil comes out. Discard the cheesecloth and spent herbs. Add the beeswax to the infused oil and place the double boiler on the base. Gently warm over low heat. When the beeswax melts completely, remove the pan from the heat. Quickly pour the salve into clean, dry jars or tins and allow it to cool completely before capping. With your fingertips, apply a dime-size amount of salve to affected areas, gently massaging. Use a little more or less as needed, and repeat as often as you like to keep discomfort in check. Precautions Do not use ginger if you take prescription blood thinners, have gallbladder disease, or have a bleeding disorder. Do not use licorice if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, or heart disease.