Health and Beauty

Warming balm for joint and muscle pains

My finished balm

This is a 10 min recipe for those days when you are just aching all over! Use this balm to gently massage the area where you feel the pain. It contains turmeric and cayenne pepper, which help to stimulate blood circulation to the area and alleviate pain. It is really easy to make, using coconut oil, olive oil and a bit of wax (I used soy wax pellets but bees’ wax is absolutely fine), along with your spices.

Recipe for a small pot of balm (approx. 150 g)

1 tablespoon of curcuma (turmeric) powder

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

3 big tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of olive oil

4 tablespoon of soy wax pellets (or beeswax)

Combine the oils and the wax in a bain-marie or double boiler and heat on low fire until the wax is completely melted. You can also melt in the microwave. Take off the fire, leave to cool a few minutes and add the spice. Mix with a whisk until the spice is fully incorporated to the balm, as the cayenne tends to fall at the bottom. If you have some spice left over in your pan, no worries, retrieve as much liquid as possible by putting it through a muslin cloth and discard the rest.

Finally, pour into your pot (or pots, it’s quite useful to have little pots to take with you or to give away). It will take a while to cool down and solidy; I put mine in the fridge overnight.

The texture is quite soft and creamy: relatively firm inside the pot but it melts on the fingers when you use it, so it’s perfect for a quick massage. It’s gently warming because of the cayenne pepper, and the curcuma is anti-inflammatory so perfect for muscle and joint pains. Both spices can help with arthritis pain, and can help you avoid taking strong painkillers or anti-inflammatory medicine which often come with sode effects. The curcuma can be a pain to wash off clothes, so keep this in mind when applying on yourself. It might make the skin slightly yellow, but it is quickly absorbed. If you live in a very hot area, keep it in the fridge, but otherwise your balm will last you quite a while!

If you find the texture too soft or too hard, you can easily modify the recipe by melting the balm again and adding a tablespoon of coconut oil (if you want it softer) or wax to solidify it a bit more. Have fun!

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