Homemade, all natural muscle soother

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The weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS lately so we have been playing outside and walking around town a lot more than usual. Between the increased exercise and my belly growing bigger and bigger every day, I am sore. So when Melina Bee asked for a natural “tiger balm” recipe, I wondered why I hadn't thought of it myself! Here's what I came up with:


  • 1/2 cup of shea butter
  • 1 tbsp. beeswax pastilles (you can omit these, but your balm will melt if it gets too warm, so keep it in a cool place & not in your purse!!)
  • ginger essential oil
  • peppermint essential oil
Step by step!
  1. Melt the shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler until all of the chunks have disappeared. Remove it from the heat as quickly as possible to avoid cooking away nutrients. It won't take long so stay with it!
  2. Stir in 10 drops each of peppermint and ginger essential oils.
  3. Pour the mixture in a metal or glass container. An old altoids tin would be adorable or a mason jar – whatever you have on hand!
  4. Let it cool – you can stick it in the fridge or freezer if you're impatient like me.
  5. Get someone really cute to rub it on your achy muscles.
It works really well! I liked this ratio, but if it's not powerful enough for you, melt it down and add 5 more drops of each essential oil until it's the strength you like.
As always, you can get all of the ingredients for this recipe at Starwest Botanicals, a favorite source for supplies!
I hope this recipe helps you soothe your tired muscles! Please let me know if there's any other recipes you'd like to see. xo
Ginger and peppermint muscle soothing balm with plants and incense. Caption: "DIY Ginger + Peppermint Sore Muscle Soother"

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13 Responses

  1. Jenn

    Love this! As a massage therapist, I am always looking for recipes to make at home. Thank you.

  2. Heather

    This is awe some! I’ll be making some of this for my kidsthey have sore muscles after Taekwondo

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