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Today”s Daily Tip: Re-purpose items you already have to keep costs down.

One of the goals I have seen often this month is learning how to make your own remedies. For some this can seem daunting. However, it is much easier and more cost efficient then you would think! The key is knowing what to use and then learning how to use it – which we will be going over more and more this month. To start you want to keep it simple – like this homemade cream.

This cream can be used topically on many pains.

Homemade Pain Cream

You Will Need:

  • Pan or double burner
  • Whisk
  • Measuring equipment (cup, scale, I’ve been blogging for Tonic Studios for a few years now and have enjoyed sharing my ideas there with the blog followers. ect)


Essential Oils (You can use your own combination):


Add your beeswax, coconut oil, and your oil of choice to your pan. Turn it on medium to low heat and let it all melt down slowly.

Remove from heat and begin allowing your mixture to cool. Depending on the consistency you want you can add 1/4 cup of water* to get a more lotion type texture or leave as is for it to be a thicker cream. If you add water make sure to stir well.

After the mixture has cooled some add your essential oils. It is normal for it to still be in a liquid state. Then transfer it to your storage container of choice with a secure lid and allow it thicken. Then it is ready for use!

If the texture is thicker than you like make sure you try it before changing anything. Often as soon as it hits your skin it melts and blends in. However, if you would like it to have a softer look you can whip it with a whisk or mixer.

Can Be Used For:

  • Sore muscles
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Pulled muscles

 Do you have a homemade pain cream? What do you use it for?

*Note, if you add water the shelf life will be less.

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  1. I love the idea of a cream with shelf life, but as a massage therapist, I skip the melting-shaving-blending parts of this and add the essential oils to a long-life oil (like organic jojoba, which is a wax esther) or coconut. Yes, it’s “oily”, but most of these creams are oil-based anyway. So this is a quicker, easier way to make a pain rub. I use these oils with my clients as well, provided they have no contraindications. For instance, this recipe on the page should not be used in pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy. But otherwise it’s a great recipe. :-)


  2. How many drops of the essential oils do you add to the mix?


    • It usually varies between what oils I am using and what I want to be dominate. However, here is what I usually use:

      Wintergreen: 6-7
      Eucalyptus: 4
      Lavender: 4
      Peppermint: 5-6
      Clove: 3-4


  3. Do you use all of the essential oils listed?


  4. Where do you buy these ingredients?


  5. Question…. I gather that you choose what essential oil to put into this cream. My question is how is this a PAIN cream? Without the essential oils for fragrance, there is only bees wax, olive oil and coconut oil … which of these ingredients is a pain reliever?


  6. I made this recipe last night and would like to know what’s the shelf life, and also if I should keep it refrigerated. Thanks!


  7. I’ve made some “hard oil” based creams before, and I found that if you allow it to cool enough to start hardening (with just a bit of liquid in the middle), you can readily whip the whole mixture with a stand or hand mixer. You may need to adjust the quantity of liquid oil, and your mixture may melt at room temp because of the coconut oil, but it may be worth trying!


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