Herbal First Aid: DIY Herbal Icy Hot
By Alexis Rowe - August 11, 2014
The outdoors is my favorite place to be in the Summertime! Whether I am swimming, playing sports, or gardening, I love being outside! But oftentimes, all this fun is accompanied by achy muscles, or worse muscle strains and sprains. My husband is a very active volleyball player who plays with a lot of passion, so we have learned how to catch muscle strains or tears early on, and how to treat them effectively with one simple herb, Cayenne!
Why Cayenne?Cayenne contains capsaicin, which naturally reduces a chemical pain transmitter in the body called Substance P. Cayenne is also excellent for increasing circulation, which reduces the inflammation associated with strained muscles, and speeds the healing process by supplying that area of the body with more oxygen through the blood.
DIY Icy Hot RecipeWhat You Will Need:
- 8 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. Beeswax
- 1 Tbsp. Shea Butter
- 2 Tbsp. Cayenne
- 25 drops of Deep Blue or Wintergreen Essential Oil
- 2 - 4 0z. Tin Cans
- Place your coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a double boiler and warm slowly over medium-low heat until all ingredients have melted.
- In another bowl, combine the Cayenne and Essential Oils.
- Next, add all ingredients together slowly, mixing as you go. Pour into the tin cans and let cool uncovered.