Have you lifted heavy things recently? Maybe tried out a new exercise routine? If you have, it's likely that you have experienced sore muscles.
I used to be an avid hiker when I lived in Mexico. Now that I live in the Central Valley of California there is nothing but flat land. A few weeks ago I met up with some friends to go hiking near the coast. My once-toned muscles were in pain the next day!
Even people who have desk jobs feel the strain and tension in their back and neck from a day at a computer or doing paper work.
If you're in pain, you want to sooth the ache so you can function like a normal person again. What do you do? Do you reach for the tube of muscle rub full of questionable ingredients? You could do that, or you could make a simple rub that heals the body with God-given herbs. I like to ease the ache by using an arnica tincture, or making my own herbal muscle rub.
It's not as intimidating as it sounds. I made this batch in under 2 hours with only 20 minutes of active work. You won't even miss the old tube of rub in your trash after combining a few herbs that were designed to restore your body to its healthy state! 🙂
Arnica is known for its ability to heal bruises and sprains. It reduces swelling and gives a sense of calm.
St. John's wort is used to treat muscular spasms, cramps, and tension. The bioflavonoids in it reduce inflammation.
Comfrey root contains rosmarinic acid which may contribute anti-inflammatory assistance.
Lobelia is a strong relaxant. It reduces pain and muscle spasms.
Cayenne stimulates circulation and increases blood flow to the sore muscles, which may speed healing.
Simple Herbal Muscle Rub
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
- 4 tablespoons beeswax pellets or grated
- 1 tablespoon arnica flowers
- 1 tablespoon St. John's wort
- 1 tablespoon comfrey
- 1 tablespoon lobelia
- 1 teaspoon dried ground cayenne pepper
- 20 drops essential oils use a muscle relaxing/soothing blend containing wintergreen (optional)
Pour herbs, coconut oil, and olive oil into a small saucepan.
Heat on low until warm but not simmering. Take care not to burn the herbs.
Turn off the heat, cover, and leave for about 30 minutes.
Return to heat until the oil is warm but not simmering.
Turn off the heat, cover, and leave for another 30 minutes or overnight.
The longer the herbs steep, the more effective the rub will be.
Strain the herbs into a small glass bowl or measuring cup using a cheese cloth or thin towel.
Twist the cloth to remove as much of the oil as possible.
Throw the spent herbs away.
Pour the newly infused oil into a saucepan.
Add the beeswax.
Heat on low, stirring until the wax melts.
Allow to cool slightly before adding the essential oils.
Pour the oil into a shallow glass jar or metal tin.
Store in a dark cupboard or in the fridge for up to 2 years.
Have you made an herbal muscle rub or salve before? If so, what type?
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