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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Tiger Balm comes in a couple different strengths. This pain relieving salve is fairly mild so you if prefer a stronger feel to it, just up the amount of essential oils. Most Tiger Balm like recipes I found use a combination of essential oils that usually include peppermint, eucalyptus and clove oils. 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. 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
- 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
- In the top of a double boiler, combine the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax. Heat over medium until the beeswax is melted.
- Add the cayenne pepper, stir and let cool 5 minutes
- Add the Vitamin E oil and all essential oils. Mix gently.
- Pour into container and let cool until solid
- Seal and store at room temperature
- To use, scoop a small amount onto fingertips and gently massage into sore muscles.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2053Total Fat: 216gSaturated Fat: 67gSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 34gSugar: 1g
Do you use a pain relieving salve for your aches and pains?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.