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How to Soothe Sore Muscles with a DIY Rub | HelloGlow.co
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DIY Sore Muscle Rub

Soothe sore muscles with this homemade rub made from shea butter, coconut oil, ginger, cayenne and essential oils.
Active Time10 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Wellness
Keyword: remedy, skin
Yield: 25 applications
Author: Lindsey Johnson
Cost: $10


  • Glass measuring cup
  • saucepan
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • 8-ounce glass jar with lid



  • Gently heat coconut and olive oils in a glass measuring cup or jar in the microwave or place it in a small pan or simmering water.
  • Add the ground ginger and cayenne. Let stand for 30-60 minutes in a warm place.
  • Place the the beeswax into a measuring cup and set into a pan of simmering water. Allow to melt. Be careful as the wax will be very, very hot after it melts. Add the shea butter and stir until melted. Keep warm.
  • Strain the cayenne and ginger infused oil through cheesecloth set over a mesh strainer into the measuring cup with the beeswax and shea butter. (Warm the oil again if it's too thick to strain.)
  • Stir well. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding the essential oils. Stir gently until combined.
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  • Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Let cool completely before using. To use remove a small amount from the jar and place in palms to melt the balm. Rub onto sore area in a circular motion. The skin will become red and feel warm to the touch. (See notes below.)
  • Will keep for several months. Use as often as needed.


Do not use on children because it could cause skin irritation. Test on a small area of skin before using. If rub creates extreme irritation, wash with water and soap. Wash hands well after applying and be careful not to get it onto mucous membranes. Do not use on broken or irritated skin.