If you know my family personally you know I’m clumsy, the hubby works hard, we have a football player, and 2 gangly teens. That being said there’s alot of bumps and bruises and sore muscles happening here. When football season started I was going broke keeping muscle pain relief cream stocked up. Then I had a epiphany!! Why not make it myself. I make just about everything else myself from body butters, lotions, hair product, immune boosting items, cough syrup so why not pain relief cream. It took some trial and error but I found 2 recipes that have worked for my family. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or health care practitioner. Always ask a doctor first. Make sure to do a skin test on a small area to make sure you do not have any reactions as everyone responds to oils differently
Cayenne Pepper Warming muscle Rub
This one is my husbands favorite. He does remodels so a warming rub that really penetrates is awesome for him. The main ingredient is cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper increases blood flow so really helps to reduce the inflammation and soreness in the muscles.
Disclaimer: Make sure to wear gloves when making this. Also do NOT apply to broken or scratched skin because as I learned it Will burn. I also wear a face mask when making it because the cayenne can be startling.
- 2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter *
- 2 tbls grated beeswax
- 40 drops copaiba essential oil
- 50 drops peppermint essential oil
- 50 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 30 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
- Use a double boiler but if you don't have one you can use 2 pots so long as one fits inside the other.
- Combine the coconut oil and cayenne in double boiler and let it slightly warm
- When it is slightly warm stir and set it aside for 30 min
- After 30 min slightly warm again then set aside ( I do this about 4 times to really infuse the coconut oil with the cayenne)
- Using a cheesecloth strain the cayenne out of the oil into a 1/4 cup measuring cup add more coconut oil if needed to bring it up to the 1/4 cup mark
- Melt the beeswax and shea butter together
- Add the infused coconut oil to the beeswax and shea butter mix and add half of your essential oils
- Pour in a container with a tight lid and store in a cool place
- Make another batch with the remaining 1/4 cup and add the remaining essential oils
- Use as needed. Make sure to do a skin test before using as some people are more sensitive
* I prefer the yellow shea butter. Make sure its a pure butter and mix it well or it will be chunky.
Natural Pain Relief Cream without Cayenne
If you have sensitive skin or if the muscle soreness is not severe a good option is a homemade pain relief cream without cayenne. It is much less intense but is very effective for soreness.
Disclaimer: When using any essential oils make sure to do a skin test. Also some oils are not recommended for children so verify before using on any child.
- Easy Peasy Don't want to take 2 hrs to make Rub
- This one is a quick go to and works excellent for less severe muscle pulls
- Feel Free to adjust I do big jars simply because we use it so much
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 5 teaspoons grated beeswax
- 10 drops camphor essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together
- As its melting stir it for a smooth consistency
- Add your essential oils,
- Stir well
- Put in a container with a tight lid
- Store in a cool place.