Muscles get tired and sore after a long day, and sometimes you need something to soothe those aches and pains like a nice warming muscle rub. Most of the conventional rubs on the market use camphor as a main ingredient, which can easily be absorbed through the skin, and has been linked to some birth defects in pregnant women. Yikes!
Thankfully, making your own muscle rub at home is pretty easy, and knowing exactly what ingredients go into it makes it safer than anything you can buy at the store. If you’ve already been making your own natural deodorant, headache roll-on stick, and homemade bug spray, you’ll already have most of the ingredients for this recipe in your cabinet!
Some of the additional ingredients for this recipe are:
- Cayenne Pepper – Cayenne pepper contains the active component capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat factor. This is what will give our muscle rub its warming power, and also allow more blood flow and circulation into the muscles to improve healing.
- Ground Ginger – Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural way to heal digestive issues, but studies have also shown its ability to soothe and treat muscle pain. Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to help reduce muscle related pain by up to 25%.
- Peppermint Oil – Peppermint has been used for its cooling effects on the skin, which makes it a natural muscle relaxer and pain reliever.
- Eucalyptus Oil – Another powerful oil to be used to soothe sore muscles.
- Clove Oil – Clove oil has been used for centuries to help relieve toothaches, pain, and relax sore muscles.
Warming Muscle Rub Recipe
This recipe makes a wax based product and I find the easiest way to store it is in an empty deodorant container like these, and just rub directly onto my muscles. That way I don’t have to worry about getting a bunch on my hands, and accidentally touching my eye with the product (don’t ask me how I know that…).
You can also store the rub in small metal tins like these, which happen to make great gifts, but just make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using the rub!
On to the recipe!
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil or Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Bees Wax Pastilles
- 2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper Powder
- 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger Powder
- 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 10 drops Clove Essential Oil
- 1 teaspoon Arrowroot Powder or Organic Cornstarch – (helps take away some of the oiliness of the rub)
- Glass jar – (I use a pint-sized Mason jar)
What To Do
- Fill a small pot with 2-3 inches of water and bring to a low boil.
- Put the coconut oil, or shea butter, and bees-wax into your small jar.
- Place jar in the pot of water to let the waxes melt. The bee’s wax will take a little longer to melt than the coconut oil.
- Once the waxes are melted, carefully remove the jar from the pot and add in the cayenne, ginger, essential oils, and arrowroot, or cornstarch, and stir until completely combined.
- While the wax is still warm, pour mixture into your container of choice and let cool until it fully hardens. You can speed up this process by putting the containers with the mixture into the fridge.
- Rub a small amount on sore muscles, and reapply as needed.
Notes: If you find that the mixture is too soft for you, remelt and add a bit more bees-wax pastilles and arrowroot/cornstarch to help stiffen it up. You can also store this in the fridge for an extra boost of cooling power!
Because of the capsaicin, this rub should not be used on children under the age of 2 years old. Also, although no toxicity risk has been shown with the use of cayenne pepper, pregnant and nursing women are recommended to avoid using cayenne medicinally just as a precaution.
Do you suffer from sore muscles? What is your favorite to help soothe them at home? Share below!