This easy and quick recipe will have your tired and sore muscles relaxed and loose in no time. It uses essential oils to relax and relieve pain in your stiff muscles without relying on any menthol or cayenne, which is popular in natural muscle rubs. This is a simple way to elevate your after-workout routine or pre-bedtime stretch, adding some much-needed relief to your tired body and mind.
Lavender and lemongrass are some of the best essential oils for releasing tension. The muscle rub is perfect for easing stiff, sore muscles without any chemicals. Lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps to promote blood circulation, helping your muscles to heal quickly. Lemongrass is also an anti-inflammatory and can help relieve stress, tension, and anxiety. This recipe is also grounded with eucalyptus, which is specifically considered a pain reliever for muscles.
This muscle rub uses almond and coconut oil, which can make the rub seem greasy at first – don’t panic! Start with a small amount and take your time to rub in. The greasy feeling will fade as your skin absorbs the oils, leaving your skin hydrated and refreshed. This is a relatively mild rub, compared to rubs with cayenne or menthol, so it’s perfect for incorporating into your regular routine.
Bonus: These oils are both great for migraines and headaches. Apply a light layer to your neck and massage for relief.
- ¼ cup almond oil
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax or soy wax
- 14 drops lemongrass
- 14 drops lavender
- 8 drops eucalyptus
Combine the almond and coconut oil with the beeswax in a double boiler* over medium heat until fully combined.
Let cool for 3-4 minutes, until it’s about room temperature.
Add the oils and whisk together.
Let sit until mostly solid (about an hour), then jar.
Keep in a mini mason jar for up to 6 months if your essential oils are new.
*A double boiler is a pot of boiling water with a glass or metal bowl on top of the pot. The steam heats the oils, so the top bowl should not be touching the water in the pot.