One of the goals I have seen often this month is learning how to make your own remedies. For some this can seem daunting. However, it is much easier and more cost efficient than you would think! The key is knowing what to use and then learning how to use it — which we will be going over more and more this month. To start you want to keep it simple — like this homemade pain cream. (This recipe uses essential oils — if you prefer, try this homemade arnica salve for pain, which is based on whole herbs and safer for the whole family.)
This cream can be used topically on many types of pain.
Homemade Pain Cream
You Will Need:
- *Pan or double boiler
- *Measuring equipment (cup, scale, etc.)
- *1.5 oz beeswax
- *1/4 cup coconut oil
- *1/2 cup oil of choice (olive oil, grape-seed oil, ect)
Essential Oils for Homemade Pain Cream (You can use your own combination):
Add your beeswax, coconut oil, and your oil of choice to your pan. Turn it on medium to low heat and let it all melt down slowly.
Remove from heat and begin allowing your mixture to cool.
After the mixture has cooled some, add your essential oils — about 72 drops (total). This is 0.5% dilution, which is good for really little kids. For general use, add about 290 drops (2% dilution). For adults or difficult issues, add up to 700 drops (about 20 – 25 ml), which is 10% dilution.
If you prefer to make a smaller quantity, try using just 1 oz. of oil (or 2 tablespoons) with 18 drops of oil for 0.5% dilution, 72 drops for 2% dilution, and 180 drops for 5% dilution.
Lavender is the best choice for little ones. Clove, peppermint, and eucalyptus are safe for older kids (over 10), and wintergreen should be reserved for adults.
It is normal for it to still be in a liquid state. Then transfer it to your storage container of choice with a secure lid and allow your homemade pain cream thicken. Then it is ready for use!
If the texture is thicker than you like make sure you try it before changing anything. Often as soon as it hits your skin it melts and blends in. However, if you would like it to have a softer look you can whip it with a whisk or mixer.
Homemade Pain Cream Can Be Used For:
- Sore muscles
- Joint Pain
- Pulled muscles