I’ve reached that age where it seems like every few weeks, I have some sort of new ache or pain. My body just isn’t quite as resilient as it used to be. I used to be able to sleep almost anywhere, but now it seems like a 15-minute nap on the couch makes me ache for three days!
My arsenal for when my body is feeling cranky? Hot baths, a hot water bottle, and this sore muscle rub! I made this a few months back for the first time, and the subtle heating-and-cooling power of it (combined with some gentle massaging) really seems to help most minor aches fade away.
If you’ve never made a medicinal salve before, the process is really a breeze—nothing to be intimidated by here! It’s basically only two steps: (1) infuse the oil with the medicinal herbs and (2) turn the oil into a balm by melting in beeswax.
Here, we’re infusing the oil with a classic pain management herb, cayenne. Cayenne brings heat to the skin and helps to alleviate aches and pains. Of course, any medicinal product using cayenne should be used with caution—it’s spicy! So avoid getting it near your eyes or other…ahem…delicate areas. Always make sure to thoroughly wash your hands after making and using this sore muscle rub.
The cayenne, plus the addition of clove and cinnamon essential oils, are the “hot” part of the name of this muscle rub. For the cold part, we use eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. I also added lavender essential oil because lavender is a good all-around herb for what ails ya, including aches and pains.
If you live in a location where CBD oil is legal, the power of this salve greatly increases by adding a hefty dose of CBD oil to the mixture before cooling. In my area, it’s a lot more affordable to make my own CBD salves instead of buying them!
The recipe below makes a single two ounce tin’s worth of the salve, but this recipe easily multiplies if you want to mix this up for gifts. Enjoy!