At the end of a long and tiring day, all I want to do is soak my feet in a bucket of warm water with Epsom salts to soothe the tired muscles and get a nice massage that warms my skin and provides the necessary relief.
Not tempted to buy one of the massage creams available on the market, I decided to make my own pain relief lotion bar. This one is fairly simple to make and it lasts for at least six to eight months if stored correctly.
What I used to make the natural pain relief lotion bar:
- 3 powdered cloves
- 4 pinches of cinnamon powder
- Pure coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Cocoa butter – 1 tsp (you can also use shea butter or mix them both in equal proportions to get the desired quantity)
- Raw beeswax – 1.25 tsp
- Essential oils – I used peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender (4-5 drops each)
- 2-3 sprays of grape-seed oil
- Pour into mould to set the bar
Making the pain relief lotion bar:
All that has to be done is to combine all of the ingredients, except the essential oils, grape-seed oil and the cinnamon and clove powder. Now place the bowl as a double boiler over a saucepan with two to three inches of water in it. Use the lowest flame possible and constantly stir the butters and wax. It should completely melt in five minutes.
Take it off the burner when it has completely melted and add the essential oils, two sprays of the grape-seed oil and the powdered clove and cinnamon. Mix it well and pour it in the mould. All the powder will settle down at the bottom of the mould by the time it sets.
How to use the lotion bar:
I apply it on the affected areas like the soles of the feet or the nape of my neck where I feel the pain. I hold the bar for a few seconds in my palms to warm it and carefully rub it on the skin.
I don’t rub the scrub side very vigorously as it can cause abrasions. I wipe out the reside with a tissue paper and use the plain side to apply the lotion bar. Then I massage the affected area for a few minutes and let the magic work!
Note: You can make these bars without adding the clove and cinnamon powder too. Instead replace it with 5 drops each of clove and cinnamon essential oils. Increase the quantities in equal proportions to make more bars. The quantity I have mentioned makes one bar.
I have written a few posts on my blog on how to make your own lotion bars and balms:
Read an easy recipe of an awesome soothing balm for headache relief: Click Here
Read an awesome recipe of a body lotion bar in lavender and orange variants: Click Here
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