Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Warming Chili & Chocolate Natural Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

February 10, 2014
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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


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


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.


  • Michelle

    February 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Looks awesome! Pinned!

  • Laur

    February 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Have you ever thought of using cayanne pepper. I was given a pain cream buy a doctor once which had cayanne pepper in it. The doctor told me cayanne used right on the skin is absorbed in to the body becoming a great pain killer and anti-inflamitory and is by far better than heat creams or ibuprofen gels. I don’t know how true what she said is but she was a pain specialists and the cream was by far better than any I had ever used.
    I am allergic to heat creams and a lit of pain killers. But the cayanne cream really was great! I used it on my back for spondylitis and on my lower abdomen for endometriosis pain.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      This is incredibly similar to a cayenne sore muscle cream – and I have tried an all natural one – just instead of using cayenne extract or cayenne essential oil, which I was not able to source, I use chili seed essential oil. You can sub the chili seed eo with cayenne eo if you can find it, but they are very similar and produce the same effect in a cream or balm. Badger Balm actually makes a balm with cayenne extract and ginger eo.

  • Rachel

    February 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Are there any oil substitutes that can be used in place of sesame and macadamia? How would jojoba or fractionated coconut oil affect the mix? Or even just sesame oil without using macadamia? I just want to make this now instead if waiting to order the other oils 🙂 sounds amazing!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

      You can absolutely sub oils. Jojoba and fractionated coconut oil would have less glide than sesame and macadamia and absorb more readily since they are drier oils. If you don’t need this for massage then absolutely feel free to substitute. You can sub with any carrier oils in the same amounts based on the properties in the oils you are looking for.

      1. leanna

        November 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

        are you able to substitute any arnica oil? i was thinking about it’s healing properties as well

        1. Rebecca D. Dillon

          November 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

          You could sub the sesame oil with arnica oil.

  • Tena Douglas

    February 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Hi, I have never heard of the Chili EO and was wondering where to get it? I live in Canada but order from the US also.
    I have Capsatian (sp?) powder and will use that until I get that.
    Thank you for the formula.


    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      If you click through the link for the chili seed eo, I link to where I found it at New Directions Aromatics. They do sell to Canada. However, I believe they have a $100 minimum now or they charge a $20 service fee. 🙂

  • Marguerite

    February 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I keep meaning to make one like this and haven’t gotten around to it as of yet.
    I like the chili chocolate combo idea.

  • jcbooth

    March 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve been toying with the idea of making chili seed infusion from the chili seeds left over when we make our salsas. This should be where most of the heat comes from and we have many more seeds than what we can plant. Have you tried something like this?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      The chili seed eo is probably pretty close to an infusion though I suspect the eo is stronger. I haven’t tried infusing chili seeds but you could do in one one of the oils you’re using for the recipe.

  • cassidy degraff

    August 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Hi! I was wondering where you found most of your ingredients?

  • Noura

    December 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    looks awesome! i love cayenne containing message creams..i have dried cayenne pods from india,can i make an extract from it as a sub for cayenne oil? and how?
    thank you

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