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DIY Muscle Rub

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I like to have a nice essential oil balm I can rub on my muscles after exercise, after a shower or before bed.

The great thing about using a balm instead of just the diluted essential oil itself is that is stays put on the area much longer so you don’t have to reapply it so often.

I use a combination of frankincense with a trio of mint oils in this muscle rub. I just love how frankincense and mint smell together and they feel really nice too.

DIY sore muscle balm in glass balm containers

How to Make a Muscle Rub

Learn how to make an easy muscle rub with essential oils.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Makes: 2 Balm Containers


  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • 8 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 10 drops wintergreen essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops frankincense essential oil


  • Small balm containers
  • Double Boiler
  • Measuring spoons


  • Add the beeswax, coconut oil and sweet almond oil your double boiler on medium heat, and stir frequently until melted.
    Beeswax melting in a double boiler to make our pain relief salve
  • Remove from heat and add in the essential oils. Each one of these oils is a thin consistency, so go slowly when adding your drops! Now stir the mix all together and you are ready to pour.
    Adding essential oil to a double boiler
  • Fill your containers to just below the rim and leave off the lids for now.
    Natural pain relief balm cooling in jars
  • Let the balms cool at room temperature until they are fully cooled off and solidified. Feel the bottom center of the containers after about 30 to 45 minutes to test them. Once they are totally cooled off, you can put the lids on. Do not put the lids on before it's cool or you'll end up with condensation.
    Two glass jars of homemade sore muscle relief balm on a table


How To Use Balm

  1. Take a pea-sized amount of your balm and rub into area that is sore or uncomfortable.
  2. Reapply as needed. 
If you don’t want to DIY, you can also buy a pre-made sore muscle relief balm.
Open jar of homemade balm fore sore muscles.

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6 thoughts on “DIY Muscle Rub”

  1. Tiffany Phillips

    Love this recipe idea. Definitely going to try it out as I’m getting back into my workout routine next week after taking time off postpartum. I have a feeling my muscles will need some help! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the info!

  2. Jennifer Sheppard

    This was so easy, everything worked out, I was surprised! Thank you for the recipe, I finally gathered everything I needed. The balm, set up fine, that was my main concern. It turned out great. Thing is nobody has any discomfort, so I don’t know if it works! Next I hope to find skin lotions I can make! –

  3. Hello, would this recipe still keep its consistency if I wanted to add other essential oils in addition to the 2 listed here? I wanted to use 4 different types of essential oils in the recipe. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Gabriel, since drops of essential oil are so small, it shouldn’t be an issue to add a couple more of your favorites as far as consistency goes. Just make sure you’re keeping a safe dilution ratio. ๐Ÿ™‚

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