Muscle aches, depending on the area and intensity, can range from a simple annoyance to a limitation to perform our daily activities. That is why it is convenient to treat it in time to avoid further complications. In that sense, nature provides multiple options to prepare home remedies that alleviate discomfort and help us recover. If you want to know how to make muscle ache ointment, we share several recipes that may be useful.
Camphor is a crystalline substance produced as a result of the processing of the Laurus Camphor plant, which has antispasmodic and analgesic properties, hence its use is so popular among homemade muscle pain creams. To prepare a camphor ointment you need:
- 5 drops of camphor oil
- 2 teaspoons of beeswax
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
- 5 drops of eucalyptus oil
- Melt the wax and coconut oil in the microwave (the time depends on the power of each equipment, just check the mixture from time to time).
- When removing from the microwave, stir until the ingredients form a paste.
- Let the mixture rest and then add the rest of the oils, stirring until a new paste of fine consistency is formed.
- On cooling, a solid cream will form which, when applied to the painful area, will warm the skin.
The action of camphor is complemented by the effect of peppermint oil, which has relaxing and cooling properties, while eucalyptus oil is known for its antiseptic action. You can use this mixture on the areas that hurt the most, applying it 2 or 3 times a day until the discomfort diminishes or disappears.
Arnica is a plant known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and rubefacient properties, the latter means that it stimulates blood circulation in the area where it is applied. There are several ways to prepare ointments for muscle aches with the vegetable oil of this plant, in this case it is required:
- 3 tablespoons of white clay
- 5 drops of arnica vegetable oil
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops of chamomile essential oil
In a container, mix the white clay with the essential oils, making sure that they are fully integrated. Peppermint oil such as chamomile oil share antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that enhance the effect of arnica, which is why its mixture becomes a very effective remedy; while white clay is used as a base for topical treatments for its cooling sensation and soothing action. When the ointment is ready, avoid contact with the eyes, as peppermint oil can cause irritation.
Another arnica ointment can be prepared with arnica, coconut oil, and beeswax by following these directions:
- 2 cups of coconut oil
- 6 ounces ground dried arnica flowers
- 1/2 cup beeswax granules
Crunch the arnica flowers, either with your hands or with a food processor and soak in the coconut oil for 12 hours. After that time, the mixture is transferred to a pot where it will be heated over a very low heat, taking care that it does not get too hot and that the flowers are always submerged. Turn off the heat and let it cool for an hour, making sure that the oil does not solidify. When it is warm, use a cheesecloth or pillowcase to filter the mixture and transfer it to another pot where it will be heated again, this time with the beeswax. When the wax melts, the pomade is ready.
St. John’s wort ointment
St. John’s wort, also known as St. John’s wort, is a plant used in home remedies and alternative medicine for its nourishing, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties. In this recipe, it is prepared together with red clay, also used in homemade creams for muscle aches to stimulate blood circulation. This remedy requires:
- 3 tablespoons red clay
- 5 drops of St. John’s wort vegetable oil
- 3 drops of peppermint oil
The way to prepare it is by mixing the three ingredients carefully, since red clay stains clothes and peppermint oil, as we have mentioned, irritates the eyes. When the ointment is obtained, it is stored in a glass container and will be ready to use, always remembering that St. John’s wort is photosensitizing, so you cannot sunbathe after applying it. Therefore, it is best to use it at night, before going to sleep.
Cayenne pepper ointment
One of the active components of cayenne pepper is capsaicin, a compound that, among other functions, neutralizes the transmitters that send pain information to the brain. For this reason, capsaicin is used topically as a powerful pain reliever in patches and ointments for muscle aches. This is a simple recipe to make an ointment with this ingredient at home:
- Sliced cayenne peppers
- Olive oil or almonds
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax
Add enough chopped bell peppers to a glass jar avoiding taking up more than 3/4 of the container. Add the oil to fill the jar, cover it and put it in a pot of water for two hours to heat it over low heat. After that time, the oil is strained to remove the peppers, the tablespoon of beeswax is added and it is heated again to melt. Then it is allowed to cool and it will be ready to use, between 2 and 3 times a day for the time necessary until the muscle pain subsides or disappears.
This article is merely informative, here we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.