Muscle Ache Balm with Lavender and Rosemary

Is it me, or does something about late Winter just make our bodies more prone to aches and pains? In the UK, January and February are cold, dark, damp months, and I am sure this doesn’t help. Back in the summer I harvested and infused a few batches of oil – you can find the details of how to do this here…..Rosemary ‘to remember’ Infused Oil

I wanted to make a ‘Muscle Ache’ balm using the oils I had infused, but this recipe will work equally well with a plain base oil and essential oils. It has a wonderful consistency, ending up a little more like an ‘ointment’ and is also excellent for menstrual cramps and pains. It is lovely to have the warm scent of Rosemary with you on a grey, winters day.

I have used the below infused oils for these properties;

  • Lavender – To de-stress and relieve muscle tension.
  • Rosemary – to relieve pain and improve circulation, as it is also anti-spasmodic.
  • Geranium – balancing and warming.


  • 10g Beeswax
  • 10g Shea butter
  • 80g or ml of base oil, e.g. Olive oil or Almond oil (I used a mix of my infused oils – if you don’t have infused oils just add essential oils)
  • Essential oil(s) of your choice (up to 5ml)


  • This makes 2 x 50g Tins.
  • Add all of the ingredients (except the essential oils) to a bain-marie/double boiler and melt gently.
  • When the oil is the consistency of that pictures above, tip into the 50g tines/jars etc and allow to cool a little.
  • When the balm is just loosing its heat add the essential oils in the mix that works for you.

This balm is perfect to rub into aching joints and limbs, it is wonderful when you have a cold or flu and as mentioned above will also help ease menstrual cramps.

Haile x o


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