Arthritis? Sore, achy joints?
This homemade joint pain relief cream is exactly what you need.
- made with all-natural ingredients
- penetrates deep to get exactly where you need relief
- lessens stiffness
- eases painful joints
- improves circulation
- reduces inflammation and swelling
Whether you have arthritis or short-term overuse of a joint, this DIY cream works for temporary relief of sore, stiff, swollen joints. Apply it to fingers, knees, ankles and other affected joints. It acts quickly to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain so that you can get on with your day.
What’s in essential oil joint pain relief cream?
organic extra virgin coconut oil (or substitute with babassu oil)
Coconut oil dilutes the essential oils and helps them be even more effective.
copaiba essential oil
Copaiba contains beta-caryophyllene. This has two primary benefits for joint pain relief:
1) It produces endorphins and feelings of happiness.
2) It’s a potent anti-inflammatory which lessens swelling in sore, achy joints.
lemongrass essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil contains 70-80% citral. Citral helps ease pain and relieve inflammation.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research found that topical application of lemongrass essential oil decreased arthritis pain for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil creates a sensation of hot or cold that can temporarily override your ability to feel pain.
wintergreen essential oil
When wintergreen is combined with peppermint essential oil it gives far better pain relief than either one alone.
frankincense essential oil
The boswellic acids found in frankincense have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to reduce swelling, alleviate pain, and improve blood circulation.
myrrh essential oil
When myrrh is combined with frankincense essential oil it gives far better pain relief than either one alone. Research has shown that when combined together frankincense and myrrh suppress joint inflammation, improve blood circulation, and lessen the intensity of pain.
How to make joint pain relief cream with essential oils
step 1: add 1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil to mixing bowl
tip: Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees Fahrenheit (about 24.5 degrees Celsius) and it can start softening in the low 70s, so if your home gets warmer than that (especially in the summer), store coconut oil in the refrigerator. If it does melt, no worries – put it in the fridge for a while to resolidify it.
tip: If you don’t like coconut oil, you can substitute babassu oil.
step 2: whip coconut oil until it’s light & fluffy
tip: Start on low speed to soften coconut oil, and then once softened increase mixer speed to whip the coconut oil.
tip: You can use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Both are strong enough to mix up this joint pain relief cream.
step 3: once the coconut oil is soft & fluffy, add essential oils
Add all of the following
- 35 drops copaiba essential oil
- 20 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 20 drops wintergreen essential oil
- 35 drops peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops myrrh essential oil
tip: Would you prefer to make a smaller batch of joint pain relief cream? If so, check out the alternative recipes shared after these step-by-step instructions. There are recipe variations for making a half batch and a quarter-sized batch.
note: This recipe uses 140 drops of essential oils which may seem like a lot, but because it’s in 1 cup of carrier oil (coconut oil or babassu oil), the dilution ratio is 2.9%. This is just under the acceptable dilution ratio of 3.0% that’s recommended for specific localized discomfort in adults.
In case you want to see the math –> There are 4,800 drops in 1 cup of carrier oil. You calculate the dilution ratio by dividing the # of drops of essential oil by the # of drops of carrier oil. For this joint pain relief cream, that’s 140 drops essential oil/4,800 drops of carrier oil= 2.9% dilution ratio.
note: See below after the recipe for a breakdown of the dilution ratio of each individual essential oil.
step 4: mix the essential oils into the whipped coconut oil until everything is completely blended
step 5: scoop into jars
tip: This recipe will make enough for one 8 oz jar, two 4 oz jars, OR four 2 oz jars.
step 6: add a label (click here to get a free printable label)
Dilution Ratios of Individual Essential Oils
|# drops used for 1 cup coconut oil||this recipe's dilution ratio||maximum dilution ratio|
|total recipe||140 drops||2.9%||3.0%*|
*maximum dilution rate recommended for specific localized discomfort used by adults
Make Smaller Amount- Recipes for Half & Quarter Batches
|original recipe||half recipe||quarter recipe|
|coconut oil||1 cup||1/2 cup||1/4 cup|
|copaiba||35 drops||17 drops||9 drops|
|lemongrass||20 drops||10 drops||5 drops|
|wintergreen||20 drops||10 drops||5 drops|
|peppermint||35 drops||17 drops||9 drops|
|frankincense||20 drops||10 drops||5 drops|
|myrrh||10 drops||5 drops||3 drops|
|overall recipe dilution ratio||2.9%||2.9%||3.0%|
How to use
- rub onto skin right where your joint hurts (great for knees, fingers, feet, shoulders, neck, hip, etc)
- gently massage in
- reapply as needed
tip: As with any new-to-you topical product, be sure to spot test this joint pain relief cream. Wait 24 hours to see if you have any reaction before applying to larger area.
Where to get supplies?
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