How to Make Sore Muscle Rub From Scratch

Sore muscle rub makes a great gift for gardeners and homesteaders!

Sore Muscle Rub for a Tired Body

Have you ever wondered how to make your own sore muscle rub? It’s super easy to do with just a few ingredients!

Try making a batch of this sore muscle rub to relieve your aching muscles! After a hard day of work in my garden or around the homestead, I really need this salve for my tired body.

This stuff is super easy to make and it contains only natural ingredients. You don’t have to worry about artificial fragrance or other stuff that might cause a reaction.

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Another plus… you can reuse the same tin over and over! I hate to throw away a lot of garbage, so making my own bath and body products is important to me.

You can also customize this salve to suit your needs. Do you like a really strong rub? Use more peppermint and eucalyptus! Are you allergic to some of the ingredients listed here? Leave them out and use ingredients you can tolerate.

If you like a stiffer salve, use more beeswax. Or use less beeswax if you like more of a soft ointment. You have complete control over the consistency and scent of this salve.

Use cayenne pepper for a powerful sore muscle rub!

Using Cayenne Pepper in Sore Muscle Rub

I’ve seen some sore muscle rub recipes that use cayenne pepper. Believe it or not, the capsaicin in hot peppers is a great natural pain relief product!

I did not try that in this rub because I was concerned about rubbing it into nicks and cuts. I often have small cuts on my hands. If you need strong pain relief, try mixing 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper into your salve while it is still molten.

Sore Muscle Rub feels wonderful on achy muscles!

Make Sore Muscle Rub in Minutes!

This salve is super easy and fast to make. It takes longer to cool and solidify than it takes to make it…seriously! Allow about 10 minutes to create your own sore muscle salve.

Here’s the super easy recipe…

Sore Muscle Rub

Make your own balm for easing sore muscles! After a rough day, this sore muscle balm feels wonderful.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Servings: 8 oz
Author: Lisa Lombardo


  • Double boiler


  • 1 cup almond oil or grapeseed, olive, or avocado oil
  • 4 tbsps beeswax
  • 1 tsp peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tsp eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 – 25 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops ginger essential oil


  • Add 2 or 3 inches of water to bottom pan of double boiler. Place the top pan on the bottom pan. Turn burner to medium-low.
  • Place the almond oil and beeswax to the top pan and heat until the beeswax is fully melted.
  • Turn burner off and add the essential oil. Stir to combine.
  • Carefully remove the top pan from your double boiler and wipe the water off the bottom of the pan to avoid mixing water into your salve.
  • Pour oil mixture into containers and allow to cool.
  • Rub a small amount of Sore Muscle Rub on skin and massage muscles to relax. Store the salve in a cool spot.


You may add more eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil for a stronger effect. 
Use grapeseed, olive, or avocado oil if you are sensitive or allergic to almonds.
Add 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper for the capsaicin if you wish to create a really powerful sore muscle rub!
Test salve on a small area of skin to test for sensitivities before using on a large area.
Sore Muscle Rub makes a great gift!

Make Your Own Bath & Body Gifts

Do you have a lot of hardworking friends and family who could use a tin of this salve? Maybe they would enjoy a variety of handmade bath and body products!

Double or triple your batch or this salve and make enough to give the gardeners, homesteaders, and pretty much anyone who gets sore, tired muscles!

I made several batches of this salve to give all of the hard workers on my gift list this year!

Making Your Own Salves is Easy!

With just a few basic ingredients, you can create a wide variety of salves, balms, and ointments! I enjoy making my own salves for treating dry winter skin, cracked heels, and chapped lips.

One of the reasons I started making my own bath and body products is to avoid slathering toxic chemicals on my skin. Are you wondering about the safety of your lotions and other products? Check out this article for more info.

Not sure this salve is quite what you’re looking for? Try making a batch of Peppermint Foot Balm…it can be used for achy shoulders and back muscles too!

Did you know you can make your own all-natural lip balm? It’s another super easy project you should try!

Do you make your own salves, balms, and ointments? Leave a comment and tell us your favorite!

How to Make Your Own Sore Muscle Rub from All Natural Ingredients! 
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