Muscle Mender Salve

My go-to solution whenever I have any sort of muscle cramps, spasms, or pain, is to treat it topically using an herbal infused salve. Many herbs have natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can be used to help mend your muscles and soothe the pain. I've chosen many herbs for this recipe that work for muscle pain relief, each having their own benefits. This recipe has a combination of “hot” and “cold” herbs that create a variation of Icy Hot and includes the healing power of Hemp seed oil. Continue reading to learn more about all of the amazing ingredients. 

  • Copaiba - Copaiba essential oil is a distilled oil from an oleoresin called copaiba. This resin is produced as sap from a tree in South America from the Copaifera L. genus. Copaiba is considered to be one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth. The active components in copaiba essential oil are quite powerful, consisting mainly of terpenes, which are hydrocarbons that have significant effects on the functioning of our body. Fortunately for us, most of the side effects of the terpenes found in copaiba essential oil are very beneficial for our health.
  • Arnica flowers – Native to the mountains, arnica flowers have been used in European folk medicine for centuries. Arnica is a well known anti-inflammatory herb that really works miracles on sore muscles, sprains, arthritis, and bruises by helping to improve the local blood supply and speed up healing.
  • Cayenne powder  The main ingredient in this salve, cayenne pepper has a really ancient history dating as far back as 7,000 years ago. Naturally anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, cayenne pepper contains a constituent called capsaicin. The reason that Cayenne works so well for muscle and nerve pain is because the capsaicin in it blocks a neurotransmitter, called Substance P (SP), that transmits pain signals from the nerves to the central nervous system. When cayenne is used topically, it can help relieve all sorts of pain, from neuropathy, back pain, muscles spasms, menstrual cramps, and even arthritis.
  • Comfrey leaf  – Also known as “knit-bone” because of its ability to naturally heal muscle and tissue back together, comfrey is a fantastic addition to any muscle salve, helping to repair tears and strains, while also reducing inflammation and soothing pain.
  • Ginger root  Used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for all sorts of ailments including arthritis and muscle pain, ginger has undergone all sorts of clinical studies for its anti-inflammatory abilities. The warming abilities of ginger help to improve circulation and relieve tension in tired muscles.
  •  Peppermint leaf is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Most members of the mint family help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. The minty fresh cooling effect can really help the pain go away too!
  • Rosemary leaf Rosemary is a well-known muscle pain reliever, and can help reduce swelling in strained muscles. The herb has four anti-inflammatory properties, which can help calm inflamed muscle tissue and speed healing.
  • St. John's wort – Well known for its abilities to help lighten a mood and ease depression, when infused into oil, St. John's wort is a fantastic analgesic and anti-inflammatory. One of the best nervine's around, St. John's wort is also great for nerve pains and spastic muscles.
  • Turmeric – One of the yummiest spices that give curry its distinctive flavor and color, turmeric has numerous healing properties to it that not only help to ease muscle strain and pain, but also arthritis and joint inflammation. One of the constituents that give turmeric its superhero status, is curcumin, which naturally helps to lower the levels of enzymes within our body, that cause inflammation.
  • Willow bark – Naturally rich in salicin, a chemical compound similar to the main ingredient in aspirin, willow bark is a superb analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Used to help treat headaches, tension, muscle spasms, cramps, menstrual cramps, and more, willow bark is nature's personal aspirin!
  • Olive Oil - The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day. In fact, we are only just beginning to understand the countless ways olive oil can improve our health, and our lives. Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet — an essential nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures.
  • Hemp Seed Oil - Hemp seed oil is very beneficial containing a lot of antioxidants and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil does have CBD,  normally less than 25 parts per million (ppm) and is from the Cannabis Sativa plant but only the seed is cold-pressed to obtain the oil.
  • Castor Oil - Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These types of fats act as humectants and can be used to moisturize the skin. Castor oil stimulates tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between a wound and the environment, decreasing the risk of infection. Studies have shown that when castor oil is applied topically, it reduces inflammation and relieves pain. The pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory qualities of castor oil may be particularly helpful to those with an inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.


2 oz $29.99

4 oz $49.99

Muscle Mender Salve can be purchased at 2B Well during regular front desk hours.

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