Jan created this pain relief balm for her dad, who has arthritis and bursitis.
Some of the ingredients are optional (and are noted as such in the recipe. Jan also provides a link to one of her articles that explains how to infuse oils. Finally, she shares sources on where you can buy the essential oils.
Here are the properties and benefits of some of the ingredients. The recipe uses some very interesting essential oils:
- Arnica and Comfrey Infused Oil – Arnica is used as an external treatment for bruises, inflammation and joint pain. Comfrey is used externally to treat joint inflammation, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and more. It’s recommended that comfrey not be taken internally and should be applied to broken skin or skin with abrasions. Comfrey is not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing.
- Tel Fu Oil is an essential oil blend created by a Chinese herbalist. It contains safflower oil, wintergreen oil, menthol, camphor, clove, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. It’s used for a variety of remedies including treating muscle pain, sprains, arthritis. Avoid contact with your eyes.
- Blue Chamomile Oil is a calming oil that has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and skin-healing properties. It has an apple-like scent.
- Ginger Root Infused Oil is used for bruises, sprains, and rheumatoid arthritis. It has analgesic, anti-rheumatic, astringent and muscle relaxing properties. Please note Jan’s warning regarding people using blood thinner medication.
- Tamanu Oilis noted for healing damaged skin. It can be used to treat minor cuts, rashes, sores, abrasions, and much more. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties.
- Lavender Essential Oil has skin healing properties and a calming effect. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties.
- Meadowform Seed Oil is moisturizing, heals cracked skin, reduces inflammation, absorbs quickly, and helps balms to last longer. It has a rich texture which is perfect for balms.
Jan’s recipe uses 3 infused oils, which need to be prepared in advance. (She includes a link that explains how to make infusions). Once you have the infusions ready, the rest of the recipe is very straight-forward. This is a very nice and creative pain-relief remedy.
To see the complete recipe, visit the Homemade Aches & Pains Balm Recipe link below.