Herbal home remedies are very useful for huge variety of ailments and health issues, including acute or occasional pain. A lot of different ways to get the herbs you need, including essential oils, ingestion, and liniments.
If you got problem with muscle pain, you know how much it can restrict your daily activities and your enjoyment of life. Find out how to use an herbal liniment to quickly and effectively get rid of muscle pain.
What is an Herbal Liniment?
There are lot of variety of herbal treatments available, you may be wondering what defines a liniment. A liniment, simply put, is a liquid topical remedy that uses herbs to minimize pain or other symptoms.
There are two kinds, oil-based or alcohol-based. Oil-based liniments create more of a massage experience and alcohol-based liniments are often considered more effective. Alcohol seeps into the skin more quickly, allowing your body to start benefiting from the herbs you have chosen.
Both routes are worth to try, try an alcohol-based liniment to see which one works best with your body and your pain.
Soothing Your Muscles with a Liniment
Do you suffer from severe muscle pain or stiffness, a liniment may well be the best remedy for you to try. These remedies tend to work very quickly, since they rely on topical application rather than ingestion. Second, you can use a combination of herbs that best fits your body’s pain profile and needs.
You can use liniments in two ways. First is to apply this remedy to your muscles before an activity if you know that your activity is likely going to cause pain. For example, you may rub the liniment in before going on a long run. Second, you can wait until pain sets in and then apply your remedy.
It is important to be sure that you only apply your liniment to unbroken skin. It should not be applied to open sores, as this can worsen pain and put your wounds at risk for infection.
Ingredients and Instructions
Mix up your own liniment for pain, gather the following ingredients on your counter.
- 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol (for an alcohol-based liniment) or extra-virgin olive oil (for an oil-based liniment)
- 2 tablespoons of peppermint leaf
- 2 tablespoons of arnica flowers
- 2 tablespoons of comfrey flowers
- 2 tablespoons of lavender
- 1 tablespoon of dried St. John’s Wort
- 1 tablespoon of yarrow flowers
- 1 teaspoon of menthol crystals
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried cayenne pepper
If you have all your ingredients ready to go, you can start creating your liniment. Just follow these steps:
- Put the herbs, flowers, menthol crystals, and cayenne pepper in a mason jar.
- Slowly pour the witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or extra-virgin olive oil over the herb mixture. Ensure that all herbs are fully covered.
- Allow the mixture to sit covered for four to eight weeks.
- Strain the herbs out and save the remaining oil or alcohol in a mason jar. You can either spray the liniment as needed or use cotton balls to apply it.