This DIY BeeCool Sore Muscle rub uses essential oils to create a soothing rub for areas that ail you. The more I delve into studying the use of herbs and natural remedies in my home health care, the more I find myself whipping up and making my own balms, salves, and remedies.
The homesteader in me loves this because I can literally grow some of my own medicine. When we purchase things already made, we’re paying for packaging and time. And sometimes that’s completely okay. We’d be hard pressed to make everything ourselves and there’s somethings we’re unable to produce on our own land due to climate or equipment.
If you’re like me, you like getting back to basics in both your medicine cabinet, kitchen, garden and barnyard with plenty of DIY options and recipes.
Disclosure/Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional nor a health care professional. These statements have not been approved by the FDA. Use your own research before using any herbs or essential oils medicinally.
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This recipe and tutorial is shared with you from my friend Renee of HardLotion.com who has fabulous DIY tutorials and recipes, plus also sells her homemade and natural skin care products when we’re too busy to make our own.
Beeswax– Not only does this offer a hardness to the rub, but beeswax helps retain moisture in the skin. While I have purchased beeswax from our local bee keeper, when making salves and rubs, I’ve found the pellet form to be the easiest and quickest for measuring.
Shea butter– I purchase mine here, you can also interchange this with cocoa butter, but cocoa butter generally is a harder butter, and you might need to increase the coconut oil.
Coconut oil-this is a stand by in our kitchen.
Menthol crystals– these are a by-product of peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint essential oil
Tea Tree essential oil
Note: this should not be used on children as peppermint and tea tree oil are not recommended for topical use on children. Consult with a health care provider of your choice.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.