Do you constantly find yourself being bugged by achy and sore muscles and joints because you love hitting the gym or you are simply a really physically-active person? Do you want to skip popping a painkiller in your mouth each time? Then read on because in this article you will learn how to make your very own analgesic balm!
Why homemade? Well, it’s definitely cheaper than pharmacy-bought analgesic cream or gel. However, you will have to get your hands on some ingredients. But the good news is you can easily obtain them at most health food stores. Got no time to comb your area for a health food store? Then simply order the ingredients from a reputable online store.
Why balm? Because it is applied topically, you can save your liver from the need to process chemicals. Besides, we all know that painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs can cause all sorts of side effects, from an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting to diarrhea. Some of them may even increase heart disease risk!
Especially if your case of achy and sore muscles and joints is mild to moderate only, it’s a good idea to steer clear of a painkilling pill and instead opt for the topical solution — preferably one that’s homemade! Paired with a little rest, you will be back on your feet without having to put up with nasty side effects.
Here’s how you can come up with your very own pain- and inflammation-busting analgesic balm:
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 4 teaspoons of beeswax pellets
- 10 drops of camphor oil
- 10 drops of peppermint oil
- 10 drops of eucalyptus oil
- Double boiler
- Thick plastic or glass container with a lid
- In a double boiler, melt coconut oil as well as beeswax pellets. If you don’t own a double boiler, fret not because you can come up with a makeshift double boiler. Place a little water in a large sauce pan, then place a smaller saucepan or tin can containing your coconut oil and beeswax pellets. Use medium heat to heat up the water and melt the contents of the smaller saucepan or tin can. Too much work? Then place your coconut oil and beeswax pellets in a microwavable bowl, and microwave for 5 to 10 seconds. Stir and then microwave again for 5 to 10 seconds, stirring once more afterwards. Repeat these steps until both coconut oil and beeswax pellets are completely melted and mixed.
- Allow the mixture of coconut oil and beeswax to cool for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, stir in 10 drops of camphor oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil.
- Transfer to a thick plastic or glass container. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Once thoroughly cool, it will solidify. Cover the container and store in a cool, dry place.
That’s how trouble-free it is to make your very own analgesic balm! It’s just as effective as your favorite pharmacy-bought analgesic cream or gel, but only at a fraction of the cost! What’s more, your homemade analgesic balm is free of any unwanted ingredients.
Even though this analgesic balm is solid, it will immediately liquefy as soon as it touches your skin, allowing for a very easy application. If the weather is hot, you will find that your homemade analgesic balm will turn into liquid. To have it solidified again, simply stash its container the refrigerator for a few minutes before using.
Go ahead and massage it on your achy and sore muscles and joints, then rest the affected area of the body for a while. It will also help a lot if it is raised higher than heart level to reduce inflammation. Do remember to avoid applying your homemade analgesic balm on broken or irritated skin.