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How to Make Sore Muscle Rub From Scratch

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

Sore Muscle Rub for a Tired Body

Have you ever wondered how to create homemade 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 need this salve for my tired body.

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Of course, it’s easy to purchase an ointment to relieve muscle pain. So why make your own?

Here are some of the reasons I make my own:

  • Easy to make with natural ingredients
  • Customize to your tastes – make stronger or weaker
  • Re-use your containers to reduce plastic waste
  • Use less beeswax for a softer ointment
  • Choose the food-safe essential oils you like best for a different scent/flavor
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 this 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 a lovely 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 Healing 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.

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 also make 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! 
#Salves #Bath&Body #EssentialOils #DIY
by The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

5 Comments on “How to Make Sore Muscle Rub From Scratch

    1. Thanks, Kristi! If you get really sore, try the cayenne pepper alternative…just be careful not to get in your eyes or any sensitive areas. Best wishes and thanks so much for stopping by!

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