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DIY Easy Warming Oil For Stiff Or Sore Joints And Muscles (Better Than Tiger Balm)
Wonderful Warming Oil
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 1.25 cups of grated, packed cocoa butter (use a cheese grater, it works great!)
- 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder
- 2 teaspoons of ginger powder
- 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops of clove essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of cornstarch OR arrowroot powder (not both)
Put the coconut oil, ginger, and cayenne pepper in a double boiler and warm the oil under low heat. Do not let it get too hot, otherwise the cayenne pepper is going to fill the room and make you cough your head off!
Now stir the warmed oil a few times and turn off the fire. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, and then repeat this process. Do this over the next two hours, then remove from the heat. Set it aside for several hours (or overnight if you like).
Put a medium-sized bowl in the freezer. We will use it a bit later.
Using a cheesecloth (or a clean, old t-shirt if you don’t have cheesecloth handy), strain the oil over a measuring cup. Add just enough plain coconut oil so that you have half a cup of oil.
Now add the arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and mix well.
Put the oil in the freezer until it becomes almost solid on top. Don’t let it get completely hard. Check it every 30 minutes.
Now put the oil and the cocoa butter in the chilled bowl you had in the freezer. Add your essential oils. Using your mixer on its highest setting, whip these items together until it forms peaks and is stiff like whipped cream.
Store in an airtight container. Colored glass containers are best but if all you have is clear glass, keep this oil out of sunlight.
That’s it! This mixture is warming but not overly hot. Do not use on children under five. Although there have not been any problems regarding cayenne pepper and pregnant or nursing women, you should check with your doctor before using this oil.
This warming oil, when kept sealed at room temperature, should be good for about one year but chances are that you are going to use it long before its expiration date!
If the oil gets too warm and separates, don’t worry. Simply put it back in the freezer until it gets semi-hard and re-whip it again.