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Sport and exercise is so much more than a pastime; it is a great stress relief. It gets the energy flowing in the body, clears the mind and helps to strengthen muscles and organs so they become healthy and strong. Even your bones benefit from regular exercise or some kind of sporting activity. When an injury occurs it can feel overwhelming for one that has been feeling the benefits of regular exercise; yes any type of movement becomes pleasantly addictive. I remember a small injury in my foot that gave me a lot grief as it prevented me from returning to my regular activities.
Rest is required when we have a muscle tear, strain or even a bruise – yet there are simple things we can do to encourage rapid healing. Water and ice treatments, massage and good old fashioned balms with a kick of heat in them. The famous tiger balm is known by most; but can for some be a little too hot ( I love it btw!).
I got to thinking I must be able to create a similar type of product with some warmth in it! Today I got to experimenting. This balm is handy when one is feeling any type of muscle strain, neck or shoulder pain. It should not be used near an open wound, or close to the eyes. It is great for the soles of the feet if you feel you are getting a flu or cold coming on. Just pop a darker coloured pair of socks on to keep the sheets from getting stained.
The ingredients used are easy to find, economical and will encourage blood flow and stimulation by bringing some warmth to the area applied. It should also help reduce any swelling. The ingredients used will assist a bruise or strain to heal at a faster rate. Cayenne, ginger and rosemary are all anti inflammatory. You can by all means add any other anti-inflammatory such as ground turmeric or wintergreen essential oil which is an excellent topical pain reliever.
To make the balm follow this simple recipe below. There is another post on how to infuse the oil if you would to try that, its very easy to do. Should you not have the time to infuse the oil then just add a few more drops of the rosemary essential oil. Once you get into the habit of making your own beauty, sport and cleaning products any herbs that are harvested in abundance can be stored in oil for future projects.
1 cup of rosemary infused olive oil
1/4 cup beeswax pellet
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp ground ginger powder
rosemary essential oil, a few drops
Strain the rosemary from the olive oil through muslin, the rosemary can go into the compost- measure 1 cup of the oil into a glass jug. Add the jug to a saucepan of simmering water; stir in the beeswax, cayenne and ginger. Whisk until the beeswax has dissolved. Remove from the heat and whisk in a few drops of rosemary essential oil. Pour quickly into small balm tins with lids or use a recycled jar.
All the best as you master this simple balm recipe; my hope is that you will then realise how many other things you can make so economically from fresh ingredients that you already have in the home or the garden.
love & light
M + E
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