This quick and easy Juniper Muscle Rub works great for massaging into a local area of overworked or stiff muscles. The juniper plant has long been used to help with muscle and joint pain, and has shown in vivo pain reducing and anti-inflammatory activity. More studies are warranted.
Lavender and peppermint have shown in both human and animal studies to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Blend ingredients. Then, store in a sealed container. Adults, rub about a tablespoon on one local area for muscle pain. Consult a Doctor for possible contra-indications. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
Note: Arnica or magnesium infused in an oil with mix better with other carrier oils than if you use alcohol infused arnica or magnesium. If you use alcohol infusions, mix this recipe in a high powered mixer or blender.
Salves offer a nice thick consistency for rubbing onto muscles. This recipe takes a little more time than the one listed above, but is still quite easy to make. You just need a double boiler and a some bee’s wax and shea butter added to the first recipe to make this muscle salve. Here is a Basic Salve Recipe.
In a double boiler, add all ingredients except the essential oil. Next, melt everything down, remove from heat, then add the essential oil. Immediately pour into glass jars. Then, allow to cool / harden. Once completely cool, cover with a lid.
Adults, rub about a tablespoon on one local area for muscle pain. Consult a Doctor for possible contra-indications. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC) NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT