I designed this Aches & Pains Balm (which I sometimes call Muscle & Joint Rub) 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.
Since my original recipe is quite expensive to make, plus included ingredients to help another relative with a varicose vein issue (her doctor was impressed at how well it worked!), I’ve supplied a simpler, less costly version too.
The two most vital ingredients that should not be removed from the recipe are: arnica & comfrey infused oil and the Tei Fu Oil. (These days, I add dandelion and/or goldenrod flowers to the infused oil too.)
The Tei Fu essential oil blend was introduced to me several years ago by my naturopath. She placed a few drops on various pressure points on my back, neck and arms to eliminate a migraine I had. It’s wonderful stuff – great for many things. However, the little concentrated drops are rather strong and I wanted to turn it into a product that was easier to just rub on and go.
Version 1 – Simpler Recipe
(I usually call this version Muscle & Joint Rub.)
- 1/2 tbsp castor oil
- 1/2 tbsp tamanu oil
- enough olive oil infused with arnica, comfrey & dandelion flower to total 3.5 oz
- 1/2 ounce beeswax
- 1/2 bottle Tei Fu Oil Blend
Several of the infused oils needed for this recipe have 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.)
In a heatproof jar or upcycled tin can, weigh the infused oil and beeswax, using a kitchen scale (like this one). Add the castor and tamanu oil.
Set the heatproof jar in a small saucepan containing an inch or two of water. Place the pan over a medium-low burner and heat until the beeswax is melted.
Remove from heat, cool slightly, then stir in the tei-fu oil blend. Pour into small tins or jars. (Yield: around 4 ounces of balm)
My Original Aches & Pains Balm Recipe
(This is the more expensive and complicated version that I use for family members with arthritis, bursitis with extras added for varicose vein relief.)
- 0.5 ounces of Violet Leaf Infused Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon Castor Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon Ginger Root Infused Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon Meadowfoam Seed Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon Tamanu Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon Rosehip Seed Oil
- 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, for varicose veins, not pain relief)
- 40 drops lavender essential oil (optional, for soothing scent)
- several drops of Blue Chamomile Essential Oil (optional) (Where to buy)
- 140 drops (about 1/2 bottle) of Tei Fu Essential Oil Blend (essential to the recipe) (Where to buy)
Add the first 6 oils in a glass, heat-proof pitcher or jar, then pour in enough arnica & comfrey leaf infused oil to weigh 3.5 ounces.
Weigh and add the beeswax to the jar as well. Set the jar in a pan of lightly simmering water until the beeswax melts.
Remove from heat and stir in the carrot seed essential oil, lavender essential oil, blue chamomile essential oil and Tei Fu Essential Oil Blend.
Let cool and use wherever/whenever you have aches, pains, bruises, varicose veins, headache, muscle strain, etc.
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!)
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. While this site does its best to provide useful information for others, any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk and not a substitute for medical, legal, or any other professional advice of any kind. Some links in this post are affiliate links, which helps support this site and keeps it ad-free. Thank you! :)
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