DIY warming muscle rub

I recently have learned just how out of shape I am. My whole body hurts and my muscles ache. I tend to react better to warming pain relief than cooling pain relief. Most pain creams and oils have wintergreen and that is one I do not care for. I wanted something that was warming, I can use Panaway later if I need cooling relief.

So I started searching the web, and I found several recipes I like, and because I can never just make a recipe the way it is written I have cobbled together this one and giving it a test! I may tweak this later, because I do not have one of the oils, and I need balm like today. I am totally adding Juniper to my next order!

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper (yes from your pantry)
  • 2 tablespoons fluid oz shea butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil
  • 10 drops copaiba essential oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil (adding on batch 2)

Optional: Some wintergreen (maybe 5 drops). Wintergreen is an oil you have to be careful with so before you add it, be sure you read up on it or are familiar with it.

Variation: Add extra beeswax to make a bar. I plan on trying this once I am happy with the oil mix ratio. I am not sure how much yet but if you have made lotion bars you may be able to wing it!

Steps to make:

A word of warning: coconut oil has a VERY low smoking point, and you do not want to breathe the fumes from cayenne pepper. I recommend using a facemask, or you will be pepper spraying yourself.


This was my first attempt. I used more cayenne, but it was strained out


  1. Over a very low heat or in a double broiler heat the coconut oil and cayenne. You want to use a non-porous pan. I prefer glass pans and metal utensils. You will want to stir this the whole time. The cayenne will try tp stick to the pan, and that is something you will want to prevent. Do not let it smoke, heat the mix over the lowest heat possible.
  2. Once the oil changes color (took about 20-30 minutes) add the beeswax and shea butter. Once these have fully melted remove from heat and let it cool until no longer hot to the touch.
  3. Once the mix is mostly cooled add the essential oils. You do not want the mix hot when you add the oils, you can even wait until it is fully cooled to add the oils.


I could not wait for it to go solid to try it. I am tons of pain right now, so I tried it right away.  This is my new workout buddy!

A note about quality

I use only cosmetic quality shea butter and wax. The links above are the same products I buy. (Links also Amazon affiliate links.) I am not super experienced in making lotions and stuff but I have made some. Every recipe I read say to use cosmetic grade, and I have no reason to question that. I recommend the same.

This is is also why I use Young Living. You are welcome to use any oils you prefer, but be sure of the quality. There are other high-quality oils but I stick to the Seed to Seal Promise! If you would like to know more book an Oil 101 class and follow me on Facebook!

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