Need pain relief in a hurry? Try this pain relief oil to help soothe those tired, achy muscles and joints.
Stooping over to weed the garden. Cleaning out the chicken coop. Planting, harvesting, canning. All these things can lead to muscle pain. Severe muscle pain. When you pull a muscle or overwork it, you want relief.
I love Tiger Balm liniment and always have. It has a cool, refreshing “zing” to it, and it has always helped with minor aches and pains or headaches of all sorts. The $6 price tag for a tiny jar was never a big issue, as a little bit goes a long way. It’s smooth, creamy and easy to apply. It works where it hurts, basically.
I often wondered if I could make it myself. And, lo and behold, I have something that I feel works just as well and is easy to whip up an entire batch! This essential oil blend smells amazing, and they all have pain relieving properties. When combined with carrier oils, they create a rub that reduces inflammation and may help in reducing pain.
Muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain due to over-activity can all be soothed with this oil. Its herbal ingredients are all natural and easily found or grown. Jojoba oil is used in this recipe as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Emu oil is also well known for anti-inflammatory properties and is often used for many skin conditions.
Pain Relief Oil, AKA Homemade Tiger Oil:
- 1/2 ounce emu oil
- 2 ounces olive oil
- 5 drops Clove Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 5 grams dried arnica
Put it all together:
- Add the arnica and olive oil to an oven safe bowl and place in a 200°F oven for 2 hours to infuse.
- Strain the herbs and toss, saving the oil.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly before proceeding to the next step.
- Add all the oils in a small bottle and shake together gently to combine.
To Use Homemade Tiger Balm
To use this pain relief oil, simply rub a small amount on affected area and massage in. One of the best ways to use it is by adding them to a roller bottle like these here. Then you can simply rub it over your temples for a headache, or over any area with muscle pain. The essential oils in this may also help to relieve minor joint pain.
Store your homemade tiger oil in a tightly closed bottle, out of direct sunlight. Will be good for up to 3 months, but toss if you notice any signs of mold or other spoilage.
What types of pain do you deal with on a regular basis? Will you try this pain relief oil for treating pain?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.