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
(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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