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How To Make Homemade Muscle Rub

DIY muscle rub recipe! Soothe sore muscles and relieve tension with this DIY moisturizing muscle rub recipe. This muscle rub also heals dry, cracked, or chaffed skin made with all-natural ingredients.

It happens to all of us, those sore muscles and that achy tension in the neck and shoulders.

Did you know you can make all-natural muscle rub at home? I know what you are thinking, DIY muscle rub can't possibly be effective, it is I have personally tried this muscle rub, and it works for minor aches and tension. Made with beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil, this recipe is also nourishing and moisturizing for your skin.

What I love about this DIY muscle rub- I’ll start by saying I love all-natural remedies It’s good to know what you're putting on your body because everything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our body through our skin. If I can use a muscle rub with all-natural ingredients versus ingredients I can’t pronounce it is a win for me. Check out the health benefits of coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, along with peppermint oil and pan away oil below. Did you know coconut oil has anti-inflammatory benefits? And beeswax provides a protective coating on the skin. The protective coating in beeswax aids in the healing of dry, cracked skin.

The scent of this homemade muscle rub is lovely, I can use this muscle rub and not worry about smelling like the store-bought muscle creams, and lastly, this muscle rub is moisturizing giving you two great benefits from one homemade product.

Suggested Oils For Muscle Rub And Their Benefits


Panaway- a combination of clove, peppermint, and wintergreen cools and soothes tired, achy muscles and can be effective for back pain.

Peppermint- contains menthol and provides a cooling sensation that soothes muscle and joint pain.

Frankincense- may help to relieve stress and anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, and can strengthen the immune system.

Why do I have to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil? Diluting essential oil with carrier oil increases the rate of absorption into the skin and prevents skin irritation. Essential oils are highly concentrated, by diluting them with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil you are using less essential oil, avoiding possible skin irritation, and the essential oil is easier to apply.

This recipe uses panaway and peppermint essential oil, you can certainly swap one oil out for frankincense. One benefit of making homemade products is the ability to swap ingredients, you can replace coconut oil with olive oil and make this recipe without beeswax. The muscle rub will be more of a cream consistency instead of a balm.

Benefits of Shea Butter for skin- Shea butter is rich in antioxidants, highly moisturizing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter may help eczema and is rich in vitamins A and E. Shea butter’s moisturizing and antioxidants work together to help your skin generate healthy new cells and can help with fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits of Olive Oil for skin- Olive oil is rich in vitamin K, vitamin E, and antioxidants. It increases collagen, is moisturizing, promotes wound healing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Olive Oil can also have anti-aging properties. Did you know Olive Oil is great for treating diaper rash?

Benefits of Coconut Oil for skin- Coconut oil is moisturizing, wound healing, antibacterial, and antifungal with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to improve skin tone and lighten dark spots.

How to use homemade muscle rub? Take a small amount of the muscle rub and massage it onto sore, achy areas. To heal dry, cracked, or chaffed skin apply the moisturizing muscle run at least two times a day, especially in the morning to protect the skin throughout the day.

Ingredients For Homemade Muscle Rub Recipe


¼ cup beeswax

½ cup shea butter

½ cup coconut oil

15 drops of peppermint essential oil

15 drops of panaway essential oil

How To Make Muscle Rub With Essential Oil


  1. Melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl for about 2 minutes stirring frequently.

  2. Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes then add 15 drops of peppermint oil and 15 drops of panaway oil. Stir to combine.

  3. Let the mixture continue to cool until it's partially set. You will see the mixture change in color and become firm. You don't want the mixture to harden completely because you are going to beat the mixture. If you press your finger in the mixture and it sets the mixture is ready. See the photos below for examples.

Once the mixture has been set whip it with a hand mixer. Store in a mason jar or air-tight container.

I hope you enjoy making self-care products. Not only are homemade products all-natural they are cost-effective. Once you buy the main ingredients you have plenty to make other things like homemade body butter and diaper cream. Check out my homemade body butter recipe below its full of vitamins A, K, and E, antioxidants, and more. Did you know you can also soothe sore muscles with Epsom salt, sea salt, or pink Himalayan salt? Check out my DIY bath salt recipe below and learn about the benefits of salts. Bath salts cost pennies to make, are all-natural, and are great for gift-giving.

You may also enjoy my homemade body butter recipe, calming bath salt recipe, and DIY bath bombs. Links to all three recipes are below.

Homemade body butter

Calming bath salts

DIY moisturizing bath bombs

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