DIY Pain Relief Cream

With all the typing, writing, sewing, and crafting things I do on a regular basis, my hands bare the brunt of that work. And if you combine all that with walking dogs and working in my mom’s garden, my hands are often sore and dry. So I decided to try and find an organic lotion (or cream) that could help! Special thanks to ‘One Good Thing by Jillee’ for this recipe.


1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tsp beeswax pellets or just beeswax
2 tsp camphor crystals or 5 drops camphor oil
2 tsp menthol crystals or 5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil

*I used regular beeswax and the relevant essential oils in my salve, which came out great. But you do have some options to make this!


  1. Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together. This can happen in a microwave but a double broiler does really well! Make sure to mix well.
  2. Once melted, let it cool for a few minutes before adding in the essential oils and stirring again.
  3. After that, pour into a container with an airtight lid (like a mason jar) and let the lotion cool completely.

The coconut oil and beeswax in this salve give it a moisturizing and comforting feel while the essential oils provide a range of benefits. Camphor essential oil helps to improve circulation, prevent skin infections, eliminate gas, relieve spasms and cramps, and so much more. Peppermint essential oil, in addition to many other things, can help relieve sore muscles, act as a bug repellent, help with joint pain and headaches, and improve circulation. And finally, eucalyptus essential oil can help disinfect wounds (on its own. I don’t recommend using this lotion on open wounds), fight inflammation, and ease joint pain.

Some folks might have a negative reaction to the ingredients in this salve and you should discontinue use if you do have a bad reaction. This salve might not be a cure-all for some pain but the simple act of massaging the salve into your skin can help increase blood circulation, which provides a variety of benefits.

You can find many of the ingredients needed for this salve at places like Living Earth Herbs in Bellingham, WA.