Sometime in the last couple of weeks, I managed to pull a muscle in my neck, and it complains about it for the first several hours of every day. Fortunately, I’ve been tinkering around with a muscle salve recently, and have the prototype available to apply frequently to keep me moving around and able to get things done!
This is a work in progress; I’m quite certain I’ll change it up some more before the final product goes on sale. But in the mean time, I’ll share the recipe for the version I’m using right now:
- 2 oz castor oil
- 0.5 oz shea butter
- 0.5 oz cocoa butter
- 0.5 oz beeswax
- 0.2 oz menthol crystals
- 0.2 oz eucalyptus essential oil
Melt together the first four ingredients; allow to cool to just above 100 degrees F, stir in menthol crystals and eucalyptus essential oil, pour into jar. It’s very simple, but it helps! (If you add the menthol crystals to the melted salve when it’s still too hot, they will volatilize and most of the goodness will boil off into the air rather than staying in the salve where it belongs. So watch those temperatures – but don’t wait too long, or you’ll be trying to melt crystals into something with the consistency of honey. If you miss the window, try putting the salve into the microwave for very short bursts of time, ~15 seconds or so, to warm it back up enough to stir and pour.)
I’m going to be adding some arnica in future iterations, and very probably more extracts as well, and may tweak the composition of the base salve itself, too. Development is on hold at the moment, though; I’m too busy using the stuff to think too much about changing it!