Homemade Pain Cream

beth January 8, 2013

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 than 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 pain cream.  (This recipe uses essential oils — if you prefer, try this homemade arnica salve for pain, which is based on whole herbs and safer for the whole family.)

This cream can be used topically on many types of pain.

Homemade Pain Cream

You Will Need:

  • *Pan or double boiler
  • *Whisk
  • *Measuring equipment (cup, scale, etc.)




Essential Oils for Homemade Pain Cream (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.

After the mixture has cooled some, add your essential oils — about 72 drops (total).  This is 0.5% dilution, which is good for really little kids.  For general use, add about 290 drops (2% dilution).  For adults or difficult issues, add up to 700 drops (about 20 – 25 ml), which is 10% dilution.

If you prefer to make a smaller quantity, try using just 1 oz. of oil (or 2 tablespoons) with 18 drops of oil for 0.5% dilution, 72 drops for 2% dilution, and 180 drops for 5% dilution.

Lavender is the best choice for little ones.  Clove, peppermint, and eucalyptus are safe for older kids (over 10), and wintergreen should be reserved for adults.

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 your homemade pain cream 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.

Homemade pain cream pinterest

Homemade Pain Cream 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?

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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!


  8. What ingredient is used for pain?


  9. Desperately need this but am allergic to all forms of coconut. Is there something that would replace it?


    • There are many different kinds of carrier oils. Grapeseed oil, olive oil, aloe vera (make sure it’s pure), jojoba oil, etc. Just Google carrier oils and it’ll pull it up.


  10. will that work on firerbermyalogy


  11. I really love essential oils for pain relief. I also love a product called Topricin. I have a very small jar that I carry with me fillled with Topricin to which I have added peppermint and lavender. I tend to get alot of headaches and I just put a little where the pain is and I’m good to go! (most of the time) LOL.


  12. I enjoy using EO’s 🙂 There are LOADS of EO companies out there, no need to buy from an MLM company, unless you like the pyramid scheme 😉 Educate yourself about companies before you buy!


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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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