It was Jillee's Pain Cream recipe that started this. I decided to go ahead and make my own version, to see how it works. Of course, I did a little research myself, and I wanted this cream to do a few different things. One thing I saw was about having some essential oils that cover the smell of the eucalyptus, so it's not so overpowering. Well, I'm here to tell you, that's hogwash--covering the scent also decreases the efficacy a bit. However, if the ones you add to it have purpose, it might be worth a little dilution.
Without further ado, my pain lotion recipe.
- 1 three-ounce travel bottle of your preferred lotion. I use a coconut-oil-based lotion.
- 10 drops peppermint EO
- 10 drops eucalyptus EO
- 10 drops lavender EO
- 5 drops clary sage EO
- 3-5 drops cinnamon EO
- 5 drops rosemary EO
Okay but before we go any further, let me explain some of these:
- Peppermint & Eucalyptus: These are supposed to help relax muscles, and create a kind of icy-hot sensation.
- Lavender: For calming, in general, because I often have tense muscles due to panic attacks.
- Clary Sage: It says it's especially good for uterine muscle relaxing, which contributes to many of my lower back spasms.
- Cinnamon EO: For warming. I've only made 1 batch with 5 drops of cinnamon in it, and it made my back VERY red but comfortably warm. I would start with 3 and work your way up, especially if your skin is at all sensitive.
- Rosemary: Is supposed to boost the efficacy of other Eos, besides being a bit cooling-yet-warm by itself.
- In a small bowl, put ~2.5 oz lotion (I did 20 pumps, it was perfect).
- Add your essential oils to the lotion.
- Whisk or stir until well-combined.
- Pour the lotion into the bottle. You probably need a funnel and a spatula to get the stuff that sticks to the bowl.
- If there's extra, rub it on. If the bottle isn't full, fill it up and mix it around.
Voila! Rub it on wherever it hurts. Very helpful. With the cinnamon, I'd be a little concerned about covering the area until the warmth dies down. I had a bad experience with capsaicin cream + neck brace once. It was awful and I cried on the floor of my shower with a squirt bottle full of milk after running away from a dinner party. Don't be me.