Homemade Muscle Pain Relief Cream

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Ask anyone who suffers from chronic pain and they’ll tell you that they have tried “everything…literally everything” under the sun to get some relief. Usually “everything” means medications and over the counter creams and who knows what else. Needless to say, a lot of the time, the majority of the time, they don’t work from what I’ve seen. I lived with chronic pain for 10 years of my life. When you’ve lived with it for that long, you tend to just look for relief most of the time. This Homemade Muscle Pain Relief Cream is what gave me the relief I needed when I was dealing with that chronic pain.

When 2015 started, our family started making a move to remove as many chemicals from our home as we could by making items homemade instead of buying them. Partially it was for financial reasons since making items at home can save you more money than by buying them, but it was also for health reasons. This homemade muscle cream was one of the items that we have since replaced and as someone who suffered from chronic pain and other health issues for so long? I’ve never regretted it. Why? Because it works so much better!

Sore muscles or joints? This homemade muscle pain relief cream is exactly what you need! All natural and works so much better than the commercial stuff!

This muscle pain relief cream is 100% all natural and honestly? That’s one of the reasons it works so well in my opinion. The essential oils used in it, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil and Lavender oil are all there for a reason. They all have properties that provide pain relief. Lavender also has calming properties which can be a huge deal when you’re in pain. Just being able to calm down and think can help with pain a bit. I use this cream myself and I love it! Honestly it’s great for muscle pain and joint pain, but I also love it for when I’m just feeling stiff. I keep a jar by my bed so that when I wake up with a stiff neck, I can take care of it before I roll out of bed in the mornings. Not to mention that it smells MUCH better than the “other stuff.”

Homemade Muscle Pain Relief Cream

This homemade muscle relief cream is good for everyone to use, but if you’re using it on kids, use a smaller amount than you would for yourself. It works well for arthritis relief, sports injuries and more. My daughter uses it when she gets sore from martial arts and loves it. She actually won’t let me use anything else on her because it works so well. Even better, it’s quick to whip up and will keep on the shelf for a few weeks so you’re not in a huge hurry to use it. I have tested it and mine was perfectly fine at 3 months provided that the temperature was kept “normal” and it didn’t get too hot or cold. It does keep longer if you store it in a dark container because essential oils lose their potency when exposed to light over time, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry.


You will need:



Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a small, heavy bottom saucepan. If you don’t want to use the stove, you can quickly melt it in the microwave. Either way, be careful because it will be very hot when you remove it. If you want to make sure that it is mixed evenly, give it a stir, but you shouldn’t need to.


Once you’re fully melted, pour the melted oil and wax into a 4 oz jelly jar or other container. Again, it will be very, very hot so be sure you don’t burn yourself.


Add your essential oils then using a pipette or wooden stirrer, stir gently to mix well. Add the lid to your jar and let cool completely.

Sore muscles or joints? This homemade muscle pain relief cream is exactly what you need! All natural and works so much better than the commercial stuff!

Once your homemade muscle pain relief cream is cooled, it’s ready to use! To use, just rub into your sore muscles like you would any other muscle pain relief cream! Trust me on this though. You’ll never go back to the store bought stuff again!

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  1. I assume you meant a 8 oz (1/2 pint) jelly jar since you’re using 8 oz of coconut oil & also since that’s the size jar you pictured? This recipe looks wonderful – I’m going to give it a try for my stiff neck & sore feet/ankles 🙂

  2. Dawn Clark says

    If you refrigerate this would it last longer than a couple of weeks? I want to make some of this for gifts, and a few weeks isn’t worth it as gifts. I am going to try it for myself thought. 🙂

    • Stacy Barr says

      Honestly this will keep quite a while on the shelf. I’ve tested it since I originally wrote the post (so thank you for reminding me that I need to update it.) Just be sure to use a dark glass jar instead of a clear mason jar to help the oils keep longer. Light will destroy the healing properties of the essential oils. 🙂

  3. I didn’t realize until making it that i needed to use 1/2 cup of coconut oil and I had already put my beeswax into my mason jar. Do you think this will mess up the consistency?

  4. I don’t have any bees wax. Is it a must have?

  5. Juliet Cook says

    I just want to thank you for this recipe! I just recently had shoulder surgery and I’m in physical therapy.I’m to not use pain meds unless i have to.I found this and made some. It saved me from the pain so much better then even the pain meds.Thank so much for this.Made my Grandparents a jar last night.

    • Stacy Barr says

      I’m so glad it helped Juliet! Just another suggestion – tart cherries act as a natural ibuprofen so if you can add it to your diet, it may help a bit more. 🙂

  6. Hello I’m just wondering if I can store this in a metal jar / candle tin instead of dark glass?

    • Stacy Barr says

      I wouldn’t see why not but I would do so with caution. The essential oils may cause the metals to leach into the product.

  7. Could you use shea or mango butter instead of coconut oil? I want to give this to a person who can’t be around nut products.

    • Stacy Barr says

      Melissa, you could probably use shea and beeswax. I would do a 50/50 split to test it to make sure that it would work before gifting though.

  8. Why do you need the beeswax and why do you melt it only to have it firm up again? Could you just mix the oils with the coconut oil?

    • The beeswax is added to give it stability. You melt it so it can mix with the other ingredients. No, don’t add the oils with the coconut oils. Heat is the enemy of essential oils so that will take away any pain relieving properties they may have. That is why we suggest you allow it to cool slightly before adding.

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