7 Muscle Pain Relief Rubs Made With Essential Oils

Man holding painful arm | Muscle Pain Relief Rubs Made With Essential Oils

Although you can buy rubs for muscle pain relief, another option is to make your own muscle balm at home using essential oils. I've collected seven recipes of varying strength.

Caution: Some of these rubs contain strong essential oils that might irritate the skin of some people. Test on a small area before using on a large area.

1. Simple Muscle Salve

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 15 grams (1 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon) beeswax
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  1. Melt oil and beeswax in a double-boiler over low heat, stirring until wax is melted.
  2. Remove mixture from heat.
  3. Stir in the essential oils.
  4. Pour mixture into small glass or metal containers to cool. Store covered in a cool place.

Source: Care2

2. Shea Butter Muscle Rub

  • 4 tablespoons beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 4 tablespoons almond or olive oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops niaouli essential oil
  • 12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops cajeput essential oil
  • 5 drops blue chamomile essential oil
  1. Melt beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil in a double boiler.
  2. Remove mixture  from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Stir in the essential oils.
  4. Pour mixture into a clean glass container and let set.
  5. Place lid on container. Store in cool, dark place. Use as needed.

Source: Scratch Mommy

3. Cayenne Muscle Pain Relief

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Melt oil and beeswax in a double-boiler over low heat, stirring until well combined.
  2. Remove mixture from heat.
  3. Stir in the cayenne pepper and essential oils.
  4. Pour mixture into small glass or metal containers to cool. Store covered in a cool, dark place. Use as needed.

Source: Dr. Axe

4. Ginger-Black Pepper Muscle Balm

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 20 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 20 drops clove essential oil
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops ginger essential oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  1. Place olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a double boiler on low heat.
  2. Stir the mixture until it melts. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass container.
  4. Quickly stir in the essential oils.
  5. Let the balm cool and thicken.
  6. Place a lid on the container. Store in a cool, dark place.

Source: Practically Functional

5. Hot Hot Muscle Rub

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/4 cup almond, coconut, or olive oil
  • 10 drops camphor essential oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 9 drops peppermint essential oil
  1. Combine beeswax and carrier oil in a double boiler on low heat.
  2. Stir the mixture until it melts.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass container.
  4. Quickly stir in all the essential oils.
  5. Place the lid on the container and let the balm cool and thicken to the consistency of cream.

Source: Healthy Holistic Living

6. Very Hot Muscle Balm

  • 1 gram beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil (or olive or coconut oil)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons menthol crystals
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons camphor essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon cajeput essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cassia essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
  • 2-ounce glass jar with lid
  1. Melt the beeswax and almond oil in a double boiler over low heat, stirring until liquid and well combined.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the menthol crystals and essential oils and stir well.
  4. Pour the mixture immediately into a clean and sterile glass container or jar and close the lid to avoid evaporation of the essential oils.
  5. Let the balm cool and thicken to a cream-like consistency before applying. Remember, it's HOT!

Source: Body in Balance

7. Emu Oil Muscle Pain Relief Rub

  • 1 tablespoon emu oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops wintergreen essential oil
  1. Melt beeswax with emu and olive oils in a double boiler over low heat, stirring until combined.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the essential oils, one a time.
  4. Pour into glass container.
  5. Cover and let cool. Use as needed.

Source: The Homesteading Hippy

Need essential oils for your muscle pain relief rubs? I recommend Young Living.

Also see Using Essential Oils For Muscles for bath recipes and essential oils for muscle cramps.



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