How to make muscle rub

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How to make muscle rub
Oil of eucalyptus is a common ingredient in muscle rubs. (koala image by Gerd Reiber from

Essential oils have been used for decades to relieve tired, achy muscles. Practitioners of aromatherapy believe the method works on both a surface level and by affecting the brain's neurochemical process. There are many commercial muscle rubs available for purchase, but learning how to make a muscle rub at home allows you to develop a combination of oils that works best for your needs. For optimal results, allow the muscle rub to remain on your skin for up to 12 hours. It can take that long for essential oils to fully enter the bloodstream, according to the Go Herbal Remedies website.

Things you need

  • Carrier oil
  • Funnel
  • Bottle with a lid
  • Essential oils
  • Eye dropper

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  1. 1

    Place a funnel on top of a clean, 120ml (4 ounce) bottle and fill it with a carrier oil, such as almond, grape seed or jojoba oil.

  2. 2

    Add 10 drops each of any three essential oils that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. An eyedropper works well for this task. Common essential oils used in a muscle rub are peppermint, eucalyptus, menthol, lavender, camphor, juniper berry, rosemary and wintergreen.

  3. 3

    Place the lid on the bottle and shake well. Store the muscle rub in the refrigerator when not in use.

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