RECIPE: Homemade pain cream


NOTE: Recipe courtesy of Modern Alternative Health

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of money on various lotions and creams to try to mitigate my chronic pain. This recipe intrigues me, especially if I can save money. So let’s see what it’s all about!

Homemade Pain Cream Can Be Used For:

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

Homemade Pain Cream

You Will Need:

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


Essential oils for homemade pain cream (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.

Perhaps you’d rather not use essential oils, and that’s okay. I’ve got another recipe for you!



Step 1: In a small saucepan over very low heat, mix the arnica flowers and olive oil. Once it is warm, turn it off.

Step 2: Let this oil mixture sit for 1 – 2 hours.

Step 3: Strain the oil mixture through a piece of cloth (wash cloths work fine), reserving the oil and throwing out the flowers.

Step 4: Pour the oil into a clean, dry saucepan and add the beeswax.  Turn on low heat until the beeswax is melted.

Step 5: Pour the finished salve into 1 2-oz. tin or 2 1-oz. tins, depending on what you prefer.  Two tins lets you keep it in two different places.  You don’t need much at once, so I chose to pour mine into 1-oz. tins (I made a triple batch, which you can see in the pictures.  There are 4 1-oz. tins and 1 2-oz. tin.)

Once the salve is cool, put the lids on and store in a cool, dry place.  (If it melts, it could get messy — like if you leave it in your car in the summer — but it should be fine.  It will just need to re-solidify.)

Use a small amount as needed on bumps and bruises on non-broken skin.  Safe for babies over 6 months.