Sick of dealing with muscle pain? Want fast, effective relief? This homemade muscle rub with essential oils is my favorite way to ease your pain while utilizing natural ingredients. Instead of putting harsh chemicals on your skin, whip up a batch of this great homemade muscle rub to have on hand for aches and pains.It is no secret we love essential oils and their many uses. One of my favorites is that I can make homemade products like this homemade muscle rub that save me money, are natural and without harsh chemicals, and helpful after long days when my body just aches.
Homemade Muscle Rub With Essential Oils
This salve is great to make and keep on hand for any minor aches or pains in your muscles. You can even make this to give as gifts to friends who you know could benefit from having a more natural topical cream for their minor muscle aches. It is ideal for those who are into sports, weight lifting, or who have harder manual labor jobs that take a toll on their bodies.
I am an advocate of using essential oils safely. So, when I say to use essential oils for muscle pain, I realize how important it is to put them in a great carrier oil.
This homemade muscle rub is a perfect solution. It makes an ideal way to topically apply some great essential oils that often ease and soothe muscles and muscle pain.
What You Need for Homemade Sore Muscle Salve
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil (whichever you have on hand and prefer)
- Rosemary essential oil
- Marjoram essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Storage Containers
Note: These directions have been updated for how I currently make salves. The older method worked well for me, in the summer. With colder temps it was a little too thick. However, I learned this method works better because it is easier to customize and adjust consistency.
How to Make Sore Muscle Salve:
Set out your containers first and have them all ready to be filled, so you aren’t scrambling to do that when the wax is perfect, or you can run the risk of burning it and losing its properties.
Put your coconut and sweet almond oil into a medium pot on medium heat.
Add the beeswax, stirring until completely melted.
Remove from heat & allow to cool slightly.
Add your essential oils, stirring well.
Pour the mixture into your containers and seal once it has cooled to room temperature.
Allow your containers of homemade muscle rub to cool completely. Cover with a lid, and add a label if desired. You can use any size container, but I like these smaller ones for gifting purposes.
Once the rub has cooled it will solidify again. You just need to scoop a bit out with your fingers to rub into muscles.
What if I don't have sweet almond oil?
Macadamia nut oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed, sunflower, and safflower can all be used. My mom uses olive oil instead of the coconut and almond oil combo in her salves – we have the same basic recipe we both use for most of our salves.
If I don't have sweet almond oil, my preference is actually Jojoba oil. The type of oil you use will affect how much beeswax you use a little but the spoon test helps you adjust to get the right consistency for the oils you use as well as room temperature in your house.
Should I use beeswax beads or shaving beeswax off a block?
Beads/pellets/pastilles seem to have a higher oil content so they don't solidify the same as a beeswax bar. Since I changed methods, I haven't used the beeswax beads. Shaved beeswax seems to provide more consistent results and only takes a few minutes to shave.
As with any topical application that includes essential oils, do a test patch first. While it is rare for anyone to have a reaction to essential oils that have been blended with carrier oils like this, it is best to be safe.
This sore muscle salve recipe is a great choice to help ease minor muscle aches and pains.
Have you ever made a homemade pain relief salve before?
Other Homemade Body Products:
- Vanilla Sugar Scrub With Orange Essential Oils
- Lemon Homemade Sugar Scrub
- Homemade Sleep Salve
- Spearmint DIY Bath Bombs
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almond oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil (whichever you have on hand and prefer)
- 4 ounces beeswax
- 15 drops pure rosemary essential oil
- 15 drops pure marjoram essential oil
- 10 drops pure lavender essential oil
- 10 drops pure lemongrass essential oil
- Put your coconut and sweet almond oil into a medium pot on medium heat.
- Add 2 ounces of beeswax, stirring until completely melted.
- Prefer the spoon test (see note) and add more as needed
- Remove from heat & allow to cool slightly.
- Add your essential oils, stirring well.
- Pour the mixture into your containers and seal once it has cooled to room temperature.
The Spoon Test:
Set out a piece of wax paper. Dip a spoon into your oil/beeswax mixture and lay on the wax paper. Give it a few minutes to cool and check the consistency. Add more beeswax and recheck as needed until you reach the desired consistency.
How to use Homemade Sore Muscle Salve:
Apply generously to the bottom of your feet before bed.
Cover with socks.
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