Aches & Pains Balm Recipe

Aches and Pains Balm

The recipe I’m posting today is arguably the most popular item I sell. (I sometimes carry this in my Etsy shop, but there it’s labeled Muscle Balm.)

Muscle Balm in Etsy Shop

I designed this aches and pains balm specifically for my dad, who has bursitis and arthritis.

My dad is a fabulous man; he has worked hard his whole life – often so much that his hands would crack and bleed. He is unselfish and kind and is one of the most honest and true people you will ever meet. Who you see in public, who you see at church, is who he is at home. I think those are admirable and amazing traits and I wanted to make something to help ease his pain somewhat.

There are substitutes and omissions you can make, just keep in mind that each one will affect the potency of the end product.

The two most vital ingredients that should not be removed from the recipe are: arnica & comfrey infused oil and the Tei Fu Oil.

Ginger infused oil is great for helping circulation, but I use very sparingly since many elderly people on blood thinners use this balm. Blue Chamomile Oil is probably the priciest additive and can be omitted if cost is a factor. (However, I love the stuff!)

Several of the infused oils needed for this recipe need to be prepared in advance. You can do the quick method (3 or 4 hours) or my favorite, the slow method (5 to 6 weeks.)

For details on infusing oils, see the post on making Violet Leaf Balm. You will need oils pre-infused with Violet Leaves, Ginger Root, and one containing Arnica Flowers & Comfrey Leaves. I either gather my herbs locally or buy from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Aches & Pains Balm

Aches & Pains Balm

(You will need a total of 3.5 ounces of oil and 1/2 ounce of beeswax. If an oil says “optional” beside it, it can be omitted if needed, to simplify the recipe. Just sub out with more arnica/comfrey oil.)

  • .5 ounces of Violet Leaf Infused Olive Oil (optional)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Castor Oil (optional)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Ginger Root Infused Oil (optional, helps circulation)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Meadowfoam Seed Oil (optional, but helps the ingredients absorb into the skin better)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Tamanu Oil (highly recommended that you not omit this)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Rosehip Seed Oil (optional)
  • Enough Arnica Flower & Comfrey Leaf Infused Olive Oil to make 3.5 ounces oil total when combined with the other oils above.
  • 1/2 ounce beeswax
  • 20 drops of carrot seed essential oil (optional)
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil (optional, but recommended)
  • several drops of Blue Chamomile Essential Oil (optional) (Where to buy)
  • 140 drops (about 1/2 bottle) of Tei Fu Essential Oil Blend (Where to buy)

Mix the infused oils, castor oil, meadowfoam seed oil, tamanu oil, rosehip seed oil, and beeswax in a glass, heat-proof pitcher or jar and set in a pan of lightly simmering water until beeswax melts.

Remove from heat and add carrot seed essential oil, lavender essential oil, blue chamomile essential oil and Tei Fu Essential Oil Blend. Pour into small jars or tins (I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs or Specialty Bottle) or a small jelly jar and cap immediately to ensure essential oils don’t evaporate out.

Let cool and use wherever/whenever you have aches, pains, bruises, varicose veins, headache, muscle strain, etc.

Please note: Each person is unique in their situation and body makeup and metabolism. While I did careful research to ensure that none of these ingredients would interact with any of the meds that my dad is on, that does not mean that they are safe for you. Check with a qualified medical professional if you have any questions or concerns about use of this product, especially if you are elderly, pregnant, nursing or on any medication.

Hopefully, a few of you can use this recipe, or one like it, to bless someone you love with a balm to help ease a bit of their aches and pains. (P.S. But don’t forget to save some for yourself!)

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58 Responses to Aches & Pains Balm Recipe

  1. How sweet of you to make this for your dad!
    I am pinning this & I really hope to make some as soon as I get the necessary oils. :-)

  2. Jane says:

    You are too sweet! You don’t know how that made my day :) Sorry about the problems you are having with Etsy.. and your computer!! I know what you mean … I would prefer just give things away too :) Can’t wait to try this!!

    • Jan says:

      Aw, I’m glad to hear that. :)
      Fortunately, it wasn’t my main computer – I had handed down an old one to the kids, but kept a few things on it. :)

  3. Matt Burks says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you’ll be stopping the Etsy store – you’re really talented at creating all of these products – but I’m glad that you’ll be focusing on what you really enjoy! This sounds great, but way to complicated for me, ha!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks Matt! I think I probably made it sound more complicated than it is – succinctness is not my strong point lol. If you can melt chocolate without burning it, you can pretty much make this! It’s a lot of fun to create these types of things, but I have so many other interests and hobbies I want to pursue too. Having my plans wrinkled is a good thing. :)

  4. Dana says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I have arthritis in my back and spine and I would really like to make this. Is there a place you can recommend buying these ingredients?

    • Jan says:

      I get everything from (that is my affiliate link) :) but some of it you may be able to find in your local health store. I often get olive oil from my grocery store. Some of the items I put in just to help the skin (since I had a relative successfully using it for painful varicose veins also.) So, if this is strictly for arthritis you can leave out: the rosehip seed oil, castor oil, blue chamomile oil, carrot seed oil, and violet leaf oil & still get an effective product. The ginger oil is optional too. What really gives it kick is the Tei Fu Oil so definitely keep that in (I buy it at my local health store, but there’s places online too.) It’s a very concentrated oil that comes in a teeny tiny bottle, which is why I put it in a balm so it could cover more territory, so to speak. Have fun making this! :)

  5. Thanks for sharing. I get exactly what you are saying! Esty is a beautiful site, I was just about to start a store, rethinking the process here. Thank you FDA but if it is Gods plan. Thanks I love your stuff and those cute labels.

  6. Shame about losing all the work you did in creating labels and such. Please continue with your excellent blog, as it is obvious how much love and effort you put into it. My wife particularly enjoys your very detailed recipes and craft ideas and the many pictures that are included with them.

    Best regards,

    “Farmer Doug”
    Ladysmith, B.C. Canada

  7. Fran K says:

    This is the type of recipe I have been looking for. I was sorry to read you are stopping Etsy, if you have any of this bam left, would you consider selling some via email/mail? (please oh please!) It would be quite some time before I would be able to make this myself.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Fran! I’ve had a lot of requests to sell products again, just working out the logistics is the hard part. I have very little capital so getting it up and going again will take a bit of saving up to restock some supplies I need. (I used our tax return last time!) :) But, I will keep everyone posted on how it goes & if it will work out!!

  8. Aldana says:

    Hi Jan,

    What’s Tei Fu Oil and what properties does it have? Can we omit it? Can it be replaced with something else?
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Aldana, Tei Fu Oil is an essential oil blend. My naturopath first gave it to me, to use when I had headaches. Later, when my husband was having occasional back pain (leftover from where he fell off of a second story subfloor & crushed a disc) she recommended I rub on his back when it hurt. It worked fabulously! This link actually gives better information than the one I had in the post:

      The ingredients are:
      Safflower seed oil, menthol mint leaf oil, camphor flake, wintergreen oil leaf and bark oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, lavender flower oil, clove flowering bud and leaf oil

      I kind of consider it THE ingredient that makes this balm, so if you omit it, you would probably want to replace it with the essential oils that are in the ingredient list and just test around until you find the desired ratios and strength needed.

      Hope that helps! :)

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  11. Terri says:

    I absolutely love your recipes etc. I also wish I could get my hands on a jar or two of your balm as it would be quite some time before I had money & time to make some myself so please, please keep us posted if you start selling it again.I have bad arthritis in my knees & am always looking for something that actually works. Keep up the terrific recipes!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Terri! I did reopen my Etsy shop and plan to have some of this balm available in the next week or so. (Just waiting on a new batch of tins to come in!) I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes! :)

  12. Christi-TX says:

    I put a note on my calendar to check back for this on your Etsy account-I would rather buy it first & if works on my knee then maybe I’ll try and make it–but would probably just BUY more :)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Christi! :) I plan to have it restocked on November 25th or 26th. I’ll also have a holiday coupon code listed then – here and on Facebook!

  13. ora says:

    I would like to purchase some of your balm-Where can I do that?

    • Jan says:

      Hi ora, I’m on winter break right now, so not making things to sell at this time. I may put some items up for sale around Mother’s Day and then again for Father’s Day. I’ll be sure to post about it here and on Facebook when I do! You might want to check out and do a search for something like “arthritis” and you might find a similar balm or maybe even something better! There are some terrific high quality herbalists on that site and some very lovely products. Thanks for the interest! :)

  14. Sophie Ballis says:

    I am very interested in your product where can I BUY IT?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sophie, I appreciate your interest! I’m on winter break right now and not making things to sell at this time. I may get some items listed for Mother’s Day and again around Father’s Day. When I do, I’ll post about it on here and on Facebook (usually with a coupon code.) You might want to check out and do a search for “arthritis” and see what the herbalists on that site have to offer. I’ve seen some lovely products on that site and if there was something I was unable to make, I’d head over there to buy it. Thanks! :)

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  16. Vicky says:

    I would lov to no were I might purchase this balm. If U could please let me know.
    Thank U

  17. Maggie says:


    I would be very interested in buying your product. Can you please let me know when it will go for sale? Thanks.

  18. melissa says:

    I wonder if the beeswax could be substituted for coconut oil or butter , or shea butter… or any other base cause we are vegan here… Is there a good substitute? Thank you so much i work a lot with essential oils here at home…

  19. Alex says:

    Why there’s no peppermint oil ? isn’t it a good oil for sore muscle and it feels great on the skin, like it’s refreshing

  20. Hi Jan, this recipe is amazing, as are all the others, my dad is in love with all the creams, they are very helpful :)
    You wouldn’t happen to have one or 2 of this still in stock that you could send over to UK for us????
    Am having some trouble finding all the ingredients here… and until I do it would be a blessing to have a tin of cream that he could use :) If is not possible I will understand of course :) I am forever great that you took the time to send the samples over :) they’re absolutely awesome :)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Estefania! I’m glad your dad liked the samples! I do have one more Aches & Pains Balm (Muscle Balm) tin left. After crunching some numbers, I’ve decided to close up my shop very soon, so this is a good time to ask! :) If you send me a message over there, I can set you up a custom order. Thanks! :)

  21. Leslie says:

    Wondering if this could be made with, maybe, shae butter or something instead of the beeswax, as I have trouble with beeswax…it’s a pain too, since every natural recipe I seem to find has it as an ingredient! Thanks.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Leslie, I have two different lines of thought that might help:

      1.) Have you ever tried candelilla wax or sunflower wax before? In recipes calling for beeswax, you can try using 1/2 as much candelilla wax or 1/4 as much sunflower wax and that usually works out pretty well.
      So if a recipe calls for 1 ounce beeswax, use 1/2 ounce candelilla wax or 1/4 ounce sunflower wax instead. (Those are good starting amounts. Depending on the recipe though, you might need to remelt and add more.) has candelilla wax and has sunflower wax.

      2.) I have made an aches & pains body butter before. I just used this recipe: but used arnica & comfrey infused oil plus added the tei fu oil instead of rose scent & left out the rose clay. No beeswax needed and it works wonderfully. (In fact, I need to put that recipe on the blog. Thanks for the reminder!)

      I hope one of those ideas will help!

  22. Coral says:

    Was wondering how much your recipe would make. I have the small mason jars, I think 4oz. I think 1 but not sure. Love this recipe and I’m looking forward to making it. The infused oils are a new idea for me. Do I grate the ginger?
    Thanks, Blessings

    • Jan says:

      Hi Coral! I think it would fit pretty nicely in a 4 ounce mason jar – that sounds about just right since there are 3.5 ounces oil and .5 ounces beeswax in the recipe. I use dried ginger (or even ginger powder – like the kind you buy from the store for baking – in a pinch.) You could grate some fresh ginger though and either dry it out a bit in a really low oven or dehydrator or perhaps let it sit out on a paper towel or dish towel for a day or two to air dry. I like to infuse my oils with dried herbs most of the time since water/moisture mixed with oil is where spoilage is more likely to happen.

  23. Trish says:

    How do I make the arnica and comfrey infused oil and the other infused oils?

  24. Hi Jan, I have lots of little jars with herbs infusing in oil over this past summer-I am now ready to make some of your recipes-your violet leaf balm everyone loved that I gave it to. I have a question-all my herbs look great in the jars no mold-do I have to strain them out-or can I just strain out what I need for a recipe. thanks much Kathy

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kathy! Well, you’re supposed to strain them out after the infusing time, but to be honest, I have some herbs & flowers that have been in their jars at least six months and I just strain around them and occasionally add a little more oil on top to keep them covered. I’m all for the least fuss as possible. :)

  25. Jenn says:

    You mentioned this balm was good for headaches. How or where would you apply for this specific purpose? Thank you

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jenn, You can try rubbing on your temples & across your forehead (be very careful not to get in eyes) and on the back and sides of your neck. My naturopath is the one who taught me to use the Tei-Fu oil directly on pressure points in your neck and back; I use the aches & pains balm instead of the straight oil now though. Have someone help you, and gently press or rub in small circular motions around your neck & back (especially between shoulder blades) and you’ll find some spots feel very tender, sore, tight, or sensitive. Rub the oil/balm into those for at least thirty seconds. She says that some headaches are caused by tension that you don’t realize you’re holding on to & this helps relieve it. Depending on your headache trigger, it can really help ease the pain.

  26. Vashti says:

    Hi Jan!
    I absolutely love these recipes. I have tried a few of them and I am pleased every time! I tell all my friends about your website.
    I have a question regarding coriander essential oil. I received this in the post by mistake of the sender and I’m wondering what I can do with it. I ordered various oils to make your boo boo balm and bugs away which I can’t wait to try. I’ve done some reading into coriander essential oil and its attributes, but no recipes for ointments. Any ideas? I have a feeling it will be good for menstrual cramps and growing pains…
    Any advice would be gratefully received!

  27. Hi Jan! Thanks for posting this! Above you mentioned to a commenter if he was making it for arthritis that there are certain items he could leave out. I have fibro and I haven’t found a balm or a EO blend that will help me w the deep achiness. Do you have any suggestions? Would you have any suggestions or would you use the whole recipe? Unfortunately it will be quite a while before I can make this one.

    • Wish your store was open. I checked and nothing is listed there.

      • Jan says:

        Hi Tina, I don’t often sell items anymore, but might have my shop open for a while this spring (maybe April?) If I do, I’ll be sure to notify readers via my newsletter!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tina! The tei-fu oil and the arnica/comfrey are two that are most helpful for pain relief. Ginger oil will help too. (As will dandelion flower oil – I have a salve recipe for that on this blog too.) Tamanu oil is really good, but if you have to, you can try leaving it out. The rosehip, blue chamomile and carrot essential oil were added just to help with my relative’s varicose vein problem moreso than arthritis & can be omitted. Have you tried “Two Old Goats Lotion”? You can find it on I know a few people that say it works wonders for their aches & pains!

  28. Karen Airhart says:

    Jan, I am very new to this site but am very interested in the all natural and healthly pain balms. Looking forward to reading more on your site and web pages. Thanks again!

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