This is a very concentrated balm that makes the body feel hot and cold. It can help alleviate muscular pain and soreness. Try it on rheumatic or stiff muscles and joints. Apply it to the skin before engaging in strenuous activity to stimulate the muscles and joints. It can also be used as a decongestant and placed in a vaporizer for steam inhalation.
4 oz. olive oil (peanut or sesame oil 1 tablespoon camphor essential oil
may also be used) 2 teaspoons cassia cinnamon essential
1 tablespoon wintergreen essential oil oil
1 tablespoon lavender essential oil 2 teaspoons black pepper essential oil
1 tablespoon rosemary essential oil 1-2 tablespoons menthol crystals
1 tablespoon ginger essential oil oz. beeswax
1 tablespoon thuja essential oil
Place menthol crystals in 2 oz. of olive oil overnight. This will dissolve the crystals into the oil. Put remaining 2 oz. of olive oil and beeswax in a heat-proof measuring cup and place in a hot-water bath. Combine essential oils. When beeswax has melted, slowly pour essential oils and the menthol crystal-oil mixture into the oil-beeswax mixture. Stir until completely dissolved and free of any lumps. Pour into jar and cap to prevent essential oils from evaporating. Apply to the skin in very small amounts. Makes about 11 oz.
Note: This balm may be too stimulating and strong-scented for some people, so check and see how you respond to it.