All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes lots of planting. Gardening is not always easy work and after a day of turning soil, lugging around bags of compost, and bending over to plant seeds my entire body is usually one gigantic knot of muscle pain. I have been buying Tiger Balm for years but have you seen the size of those tiny containers? Yeah, the stuff works really well but it’s expensive if you need more than just a finger full of pain relieving salve on your aching body. I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY pain relieving salve to see if I could save a little bit of money and make it with only natural ingredients.

This stuff works great for trigger point massage if you suffer from chronic muscle pain!


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DIY pain relieving salve ingredients

Tiger Balm comes in a couple of different strengths. This pain-relieving salve is fairly mild so if you prefer a stronger feel to it, just up the amount of essential oils. Most Tiger Balm-like recipes I found used a combination of essential oils that usually include peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove oils. If you are looking for an arnica salve recipe, try adding organic arnica oil

I also added rosemary essential oil to mine since it has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. I included a pinch of cayenne pepper to increase circulation as well and create a bit of heat. You can use your choice of carrier oil for this pain-relieving salve. I used a combination of olive oil and coconut oil with beeswax to solidify it a bit upon cooling.

Let me know what you think if you try this pain relief salve recipe.  It’s great if you can get somebody to massage it into your aching muscles for you. Check out my DIY massage tips to make it a relaxing and enjoyable experience. 

All Natural #DIY Pain Relieving Salve for Sore Muscles

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All-Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

Do you use a pain-relieving salve for your aches and pains? It’s challenging to remain physically active when aches and pains are a constant reminder of your limitations.  Whether it’s a pulled back from gardening that will get better in a few weeks, or joint pain and stiffness that will need an arthritis pain salve for the next few decades, don’t let pain stop you from living life to it’s fullest!

Yield: 1 cup

All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

All Natural #DIY Pain Relieving Salve for Sore Muscles

Easy DIY recipe for a pain relieving salve.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 4 TBSP beeswax granules
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
  • 40 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 40 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • pinch ground cayenne pepper


  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax. Heat over medium until the beeswax is melted.
  2. Add the cayenne pepper, stir and let cool 5 minutes
  3. Add the Vitamin E oil and all essential oils. Mix gently.
  4. Pour into container and let cool until solid
  5. Seal and store at room temperature
  6. To use, scoop a small amount onto fingertips and gently massage into sore muscles.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2053Total Fat: 216gSaturated Fat: 67gSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 34gSugar: 1g


10 thoughts on “All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve”

  1. Hi Diane,
    I just made a batch of salve and I think I may have used too much beeswax. It came in small bars and not granules, so I kind of guessed what 4 TBSP would be.
    It is very waxy. Do you think there is any way to salvage it? Not sure if I could melt it all again over a double boiler and add more oil. Do you have any suggestions?

    • you can definitely remelt and add more oil. You may have to add more essential oils since they may be dulled a bit by the reheating. Good luck!

    • I would say this is more mild than icy hot. You can try adding more essential oils but I believe they use much stronger ingredients than essential oils.


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