Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe

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This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients to create your own massage bars at home! This specific massage bar recipe was inspired by Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar. Made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush inspired massage bar recipe also includes massaging organic adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon leaf and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles. (Psst. These would also make a great homemade Mother’s Day gift! For more homemade Mother’s Day gift ideas, go here.)

Sensitive to some of the ingredients? Make a few simple substitutions. If you’re sensitive or allergic to shea butter, simply swap it out with sal butter. In addition, mango butter can be substituted for cocoa butter. And for those who find cinnamon leaf essential oil irritating, try either chili seed or fresh ginger essential oil instead!

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.5 oz. cocoa butter OR mango butter
1 oz. shea butter OR sal butter
1 oz. organic adzuki beans
1 mL cinnamon leaf essential oil OR fresh ginger essential oil OR chili seed essential oil
1.5 mL peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the cocoa butter and shea (or sal) butter into a double boiler. Heat until melted then remove from heat.

Weigh out the adzuki beans and set aside.

Once the butter mixture begins cooling and starts to look cloudy, measure out the essential oils using graduated transfer pipettes and stir into the butter mixture. (If you prefer a fragrance oil over essential oils, use 2.5 mL of your favorite skin safe fragrance oil for a light scent or up to double for a stronger scent.)

Now pour the cooling butters evenly into two mold cavities of this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold.

Evenly divide the adzuki beans into each of the two mold cavities you just poured the melted butters into and gently mix with a utensil.

Allow your massage bars to finish solidifying. You can speed up this process by popping the mold into your fridge.

This Lush inspired massage bar recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. Inspired by Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this massage bar recipe is made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, massaging organic Adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Once your massage bars have fully solidified, simply remove from the mold cavities and package or use immediately.

As this Lush inspired massage bar recipe creates a massage bar that easily melts on body contact, you will need to keep your massage bars stored in a temperature controlled location away from heat.

To use, simply massage the bars onto your skin.

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Homemade Ginger Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles

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This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. It also makes a great alternative to a cayenne pepper salve if you’re allergic or sensitive to capsicum like I am. I chose to use ginger as not only does it create a warming sensation like cayenne, but it’s prized for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Plus it's the perfect alternative if you're allergic or sensitive to capsicum and can't use cayenne pepper.

If you’re not sensitive to capsicum then feel free to substitute the ginger powder with cayenne pepper powder in my ginger salve recipe. Alternately you could also do half cayenne and half ginger.

I chose to use safflower oil as my carrier oil not only because it stores well but it is also prized for its moisturizing and skin soothing properties. If safflower is not one of your preferred oils or not something you have readily available you can substitute the safflower oil with another carrier oil.

My resulting homemade ginger salve recipe smelled like delicious ginger cookies and was just warm enough to not be irritating to my skin. However, you’ll want to avoid getting this into your eyes, open cuts or wounds and likewise avoid sensitive skin areas like your face.

This homemade ginger salve recipe is great for helping to relax and soothe sore muscles. Plus it's the perfect alternative if you're allergic or sensitive to capsicum and can't use cayenne pepper.

Homemade Ginger Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. safflower oil infused with ginger, peppercorns and peppermint leaf
1 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
36 drops ginger root essential oil
5 drops rosemary extract

Safflower infused oil ingredients:

4 oz. safflower oil
3 Tablespoons ground ginger powder
1 Tablespoon black whole peppercorns
1 Tablespoon dried peppermint leaf

Directions:

Begin my making your safflower infused oil. Using a digital scale weigh out the safflower oil. Then combine the ginger, peppercorns, peppermint leaf and safflower in a small saucepan or double boiler.

How to make a warming homemade ginger salve for sore muscles. Infusing the safflower with ginger, peppercorns and peppermint leaf.

Heat on low stirring often so as not to burn the herbs/spices until the oil starts to simmer then reduce heat to warm and cover. Leave the oil for 1-2 hours over heat stirring occasionally. Then turn off the heat and allow the oil and herbs/spices to sit overnight covered.

How to make a homemade ginger salve for sore muscles. Straining the oil of herbs and spices.

Now use cheesecloth to strain the oil of the ginger, peppercorns and peppermint leaf. I find using a mason jar and a mason jar ring makes this really easy to do. Once all the oil has been strained through the cheesecloth, carefully removed the cheesecloth and squeeze it around the herbs to remove any excess oil. Toss the cheesecloth and plant material. You now have your infused safflower oil ready to use.

Now weigh out the beeswax. Melt in either a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave until melted. Remove from heat.

Weigh out the coconut oil and stir into the melted beeswax until it melts completely.

Now weigh out the ginger infused safflower oil and combine with the coconut oil and beeswax. You should have just enough after straining. If not, simply add enough additional plain safflower oil to reach 3 oz. by weight. Mix well. The beeswax may start to solidify when you first pour in the oil. Keep stirring until it reaches a liquid state again.

Finally, using a transfer pipette or dropper add the rosemary extract – this will help to extend the shelf life of the oils – and the ginger essential oil. Stir well to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients then pour into a 4 oz. clear glass salve jar.

Once your homemade ginger salve solidifies completely it’s ready to use!

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Warming Chili & Chocolate Natural Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

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Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Heat things up this Valentine’s Day with this all natural, warming Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe! It’s great for stiff muscles and aches and is formulated so it’s perfect for use in conjunction with a body massage. Just be sure to avoid getting it in your eyes or on other more, er, sensitive parts as you may find the warming effect of the chili seed essential oil a little much. Used properly you’ll find it increases circulation while adding soothing heat to sore muscles.

Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Natural Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. macadamia nut oil
.5 oz. sesame oil
24 drops chili seed essential oil
12 drops cocoa absolute

Instructions:

This homemade sore muscle salve recipe yields one 4 oz. jar of warming sore muscle salve. If you won’t be using this salve in conjunction with a massage and prefer it to soak in better, simply substitute the macadamia nut and sesame oil for 1 oz. of jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or other “dry” carrier oil of choice.

The final salve will take on an orange tint from the chili seed essential oil but will smell faintly and pleasantly of chocolate. Do not use if you are sensitive to or allergic to capsicum.

To make this natural homemade salve start by weighing out the butters and beeswax using a digital kitchen scale, then melt either in a double boiler or microwave. Next, weigh out the macadamia nut oil and sesame oil and stir into the melted butters and wax. Follow with the chili seed essential oil and cocoa absolute than pour into a 4 oz. container of your choice and allow to set up completely.

Finally decorate your container with a label – perhaps a heartfelt Valentine’s Day “I’m hot for you!” – or even a drawing of a chili pepper and gift to your favorite person in need of some love.

For more handmade DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out my DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find more homemade salve and skin care recipes on my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.