With garden season upon us, I will be spending a lot of time outdoors.
Digging, planting, bending over, getting up and down, even lifting and hauling heavy items. All that can play havoc on a girl’s muscles. I used to take over the counter tylenol, but have since learned that my not be the best thing for me. So, I tried some homeopathic pain relief gel from the health food store. It worked, but it was out of this world expensive! It had to be easy to make at home, right? This is what I came up with.
For this salve, we are using 3 herbs.
Cayenne pepper has capsicum, which is a heat element that helps to relieve pain and relax muscles. Arnica, which has analgesic properties that offer natural pain relief, and Calendula, which offers anti-inflammatory benefits. There is also jojoba oil that has anti-inflammatory benefits and is quite moisturizing to the skin as well.
To make this warming muscle pain relief salve, you will need:
To use the salve, simply take a small amount on your finger and rub into the sore area.
This can be used as often as you need, but you do NOT want to add additional heat, such as a heating pad with this. That can actually overheat the skin with the cayenne pepper. Store the salve in it’s covered container for up to 4 months in a cool, dry place.