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Spicy Heat Muscle Rub

Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, and Turmeric, worked into coconut oil & beeswax makes a wonderful balm, for working into tired or hurt muscles. Much better than what you find in the store, and you can control what goes in.

There is a few caveats: Keep away from your eyes, due to the pepper, and don’t use, then wear white (or sleep on light-colored sheets). Turmeric is a powerful natural dye!

For the essential oils, I used Simply Earth, dōTerra and Aura Cacia.

Spicy Heat Muscle Rub


  • ½ cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 4 ounces beeswax*
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 2-ounce metal tins


Add the oil and beeswax to a metal melting pot. Put it in a saucepan, and add a bit of water to the saucepan, to make a double boiler. Heat over medium, beeswax will take a while.

Once melted, take off the heat. Stir in the spices, then the essential oils. Pour into the tins, all the way to the top (they will sink a bit, like a candle).

Let cool on the counter, then put on the lids. Due to the higher beeswax content, it will stay firmer in warm weather.

Makes 4 tins.

Tip – to clean up recipes with wax in them, quickly wipe out the melting pot with clean paper towels, to get as much out as you can. Later on, pour boiling water in the pot, and swish around to melt anything left. Toss outside on lawn or gravel (DO NOT PUT DOWN A DRAIN!!). Of course an old metal can will also work as well.


As a bee keeper, I beg people to know where the beeswax they use comes from. Don’t buy it on Amazon. Don’t buy it in pellets, even if it is easy to “measure” and melt. Not even from soap and candle supply companies. Find a source for beeswax that is regionally local, it is sold by the ounce or bar normally. Weigh it out on a digital scale. When I run low, I purchase ours through a local bee keeping supply store that handles many beehives in the region. I pay about $1 an ounce, but I know where it came from, and more so, what it doesn’t contain. The dirty secret about commercial beeswax, even those with “cosmetic grade” plastered on the shiny packaging, is that it could easily contain a bunch of petroleum-based wax. You don’t want this on your skin! More so, much of this beeswax is imported from China. Buy local. Even if you have to search!

This is the beauty of real beeswax. It comes in varying shades, from yellow, to orange, to green, to a muddy brown. And it smells like pure honey.


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