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Massage Bar Recipe for Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Soothe pain naturally with this pain relief massage bar recipe. Made with massaging adzuki beans and a blend of essential oils that offer natural, soothing pain relief, this natural massage bar recipe is the perfect remedy for sore muscles, joint pain and arthritis relief.

Lush Massage Bar DIY: Pain Relief Massage Bar Recipe inspired by Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

Inspired by the Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this natural pain remedy is easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients to create your own massage bars at home for natural, soothing pain relief! Made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush inspired massage bar recipe also includes massaging 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.

Massage Bar Recipe for Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils. Soothe pain naturally with this pain relief massage bar recipe made with massaging adzuki beans and essential oils for relief of sore muscles, joint pain & arthritis.

Pain Relief Massage Bar Recipe


Ingredients:



Directions:


You will need to weigh out the ingredients for this massage bar recipe. I recommend using a digital scale.

Start by weighing out the cocoa butter and shea butter. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler. Then heat until melted. Once the butters have melted, remove from heat.

Next, 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. Add the essential oils to the melted butters, then stir into the butters until evenly incorporated throughout the mixture. 

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.

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

As this pain relief 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.


Massage Bar Recipe for Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils. Inspired by the Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this natural pain remedy is easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients to create your own massage bars at home for natural, soothing pain relief! Made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush massage bar recipe contains massaging adzuki beans and pain relieving essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Love my pain relief massage bar recipe? Make sure you pin this post to Pinterest for later. You can also follow Becca Ink on Facebook and Instagram for more great DIY ideas.

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Honey to Boost Immunity & Fight Colds and Flu

Friday, March 6, 2020

Naturally boost your immune system to help fight off tough cold and flu viruses with this easy, homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey. Learn how to make elderberry syrup to boost immune health and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness.

Elderberry syrup recipe with honey. How to make elderberry syrup to boost immunity and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C making them an effective holistic cold and flu remedy for your health.

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Honey


Health Benefits of Elderberries 


Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Studies have shown, that consuming elderberry syrup can greatly reduce the duration of colds and flu. Therefore making it an effective, and tasty, natural home remedy.

My homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It's believed that taken daily, elderberry syrup can boost your immunity to help prevent colds and flu, as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu and colds. It is able to both shorten the duration an illness as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe sore throat pain.

Ingredients Used to Make Elderberry Syrup


This elderberry syrup recipe is made using dried elderberries. Therefore, if you don't live in an area where you can safely forage elderberries, or local purchase options are limited, you can simply buy all the ingredients you need to make elderberry syrup online.

You can source the dried elderberries needed to make elderberry syrup recipe with honey on Amazon here, with Prime 1-day shipping if you're in a time crunch. Additionally, you may also want to pick up some spices at your local grocer. Adding cinnamon sticks, organic cloves and organic ginger root to this elderberry syrup recipe adds extra flavor. These spices can also offer additional immune support. Simply add these additional ingredients to the bag of elderberries before you begin.

Don't have time to make your own? You can also buy Elderberry Syrup either locally online.

Keep reading to learn how to make elderberry syrup with honey for your family to naturally support immune health and promote wellness.

Elderberry syrup recipe with honey. How to make elderberry syrup to boost immunity and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C making them an effective holistic cold and flu remedy for your health.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe with Honey


Ingredients:


1 1/2 oz. organic elderberries
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup raw honey

Supplies:


amber or cobalt blue glass bottles with droppers
digital kitchen scale
large pyrex measuring cup
4" x 6" cotton muslin bag
small funnel
small saucepan
spatula
labels

Instructions:


Start by weighing out the elderberries, then place in a large cotton muslin bag (optional.) Pour your filtered  tap water into a small saucepan on the stove, turn the heat on high and add the bag of elderberries.

Boiling water to make elderberry syrup

Bring the water to a boil.

how to make elderberry syrup

Then reduce heat and allow to simmer for twenty minutes or until the water is reduced to half.

Now remove the elderberries from the water and press firmly to squeeze out all of the remaining juice from the berries. If you did not use a mesh bag, strain the berries from the water.

strain elderberries from water and remove

Combine the water with the raw honey - I bought local clover honey from my Farmer's Market - in the glass pyrex measuring cup and stir to combine thoroughly. (Keep in mind raw honey is not recommended to children under two years of age.)

Bottles of homemade elderberry syrup.

Finally, using a funnel, slowly fill your amber glass bottles with elderberry syrup. Don't fill them too full or the syrup will spill out of the edges when you place the lids with the droppers on them. Label as desired.

Elderberry syrup recipe with honey. How to make elderberry syrup to boost immunity and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C making them an effective holistic cold and flu remedy for your health.

You can store your elderberry syrup with honey in the fridge where it will keep for 2-3 months. To use, take one Tablespoon daily to help prevent illness. If you have an existing cold or flu, take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours while ill.

More Natural Ways to Support Immune Health


If you liked learning how to make elderberry syrup for cold and flu relief, then you may also enjoy my fire cider vinegar recipe. Fire cider vinegar is a traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic. It acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Get the recipe here.

Alternately, you may also want to try one of these other natural remedies for cold and flu relief.

Want to teach your children about the benefits of natural herbs and botanicals? Check out the book, A Kids Herb Book, by Lesley Tierra! It's packed with beautiful illustrations, charming herb facts, coloring pages, herb checklists, funny stories, herbal bedtime stories, a "how to make" section, herbal mythology written for kids, as well as a plethora of engaging herbal information for the young ones.

If you like my tutorial on how to make elderberry syrup, then follow Becca Ink on Facebook and Instagram for more great DIY ideas.

Epsom Salt Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils for Natural Pain Relief

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Learn how to make a sore muscle Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils for natural pain relief of fibromyalgia symptoms and sore muscles or joint pain.

I have fibromyalgia so I'm very familiar with aches, pains, and sore muscles. So I created this natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe to help relieve that achy and stiff feeling I get in the morning as well toward the end of the work day. This all natural, Epsom salt scrub recipe is great for a morning or evening shower - or whenever you feel like you need some sore muscle relief!

Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils for natural pain relief. Soothe sore muscles and fibromyalgia pain with this homemade pain relief salt scrub recipe. A natural home remedy for pain, this natural salt scrub recipe is the perfect addition to your bath time routine. Made with a combination of essential oils and magnesium rich Epsom salt to soothe pain, this DIY salt scrub also contains hydrating shea butter and sweet almond oil. Try this Epsom salt scrub recipe as a natural pain remedy.

This natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe works two fold for me. The Epsom salts and organic essential oils work to help relieve sore muscles, while the massaging motion of rubbing the salt scrub into my muscles helps to also ease the pain symptoms of the fibromyalgia. Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils for natural pain relief. Soothe sore muscles and fibromyalgia pain with this homemade pain relief salt scrub recipe. A natural home remedy for pain, this natural salt scrub recipe is the perfect addition to your bath time routine. Made with a combination of essential oils and magnesium rich Epsom salt to soothe pain, this DIY salt scrub also contains hydrating shea butter and sweet almond oil. Try this Epsom salt scrub recipe as a natural pain remedy.

Natural Sore Muscle Salt Scrub Recipe


Ingredients:


1 Cup Epsom Salt
4 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil
3 Tablespoons Shea Butter
2 mL Tangerine Essential Oil
1 mL Peppermint Essential Oil
1 mL Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Instructions:


To create this natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe, begin by measuring out the shea butter with a level Tablespoon and place in a glass bowl or other heat safe container. Melt the shea butter in your microwave at 50% power until just melted.

Next, measure out your carrier oil and mix into the shea butter.

Now, measure out your essential oils one at a time, using a separate pipette with mL markings for each essential oil, and stir into your shea butter and carrier oil mixture.

Finally, measure out your Epsom salts with a measuring cup and pour into the bowl with your shea butter and oils. Mix well. Store your completed natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe in an airtight container.

Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils for natural pain relief. Soothe sore muscles and fibromyalgia pain with this homemade pain relief salt scrub recipe. A natural home remedy for pain, this natural salt scrub recipe is the perfect addition to your bath time routine. Made with a combination of essential oils and magnesium rich Epsom salt to soothe pain, this DIY salt scrub also contains hydrating shea butter and sweet almond oil. Try this Epsom salt scrub recipe as a natural pain remedy.

To use, simply remove your desired amount of this natural sore muscle salt scrub from the container and massage into skin, avoiding your face. Alternately, you can add a scoop of your bath salts to warm, running bath water instead and settle in for a long soak!

Not a fan of salt scrubs? Try it as bath soak instead. Simply add the desired amount to your tub the same way you would an Epsom bath salts recipe. Or make this pain relief bath salts recipe instead.

Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils for natural pain relief. Soothe sore muscles and fibromyalgia pain with this homemade pain relief salt scrub recipe. A natural home remedy for pain, this natural salt scrub recipe is the perfect addition to your bath time routine. Made with a combination of essential oils and magnesium rich Epsom salt to soothe pain, this DIY salt scrub also contains hydrating shea butter and sweet almond oil. Try this Epsom salt scrub recipe as a natural pain remedy.

Love my Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils? Then pin this natural pain relief remedy to Pinterest for later. Also be sure to check out some other natural pain relief remedies below.

Epsom salt scrub recipe with essential oils for natural pain relief. Soothe sore muscles and fibromyalgia pain with this homemade pain relief salt scrub recipe. A natural home remedy for pain, this natural salt scrub recipe is the perfect addition to your bath time routine. Made with a combination of essential oils and magnesium rich Epsom salt to soothe pain, this DIY salt scrub also contains hydrating shea butter and sweet almond oil. Try this Epsom salt scrub recipe as a natural pain remedy.

More Natural Pain Relief Remedies

Fire Cider Vinegar: A Natural Cold and Flu Remedy

Monday, December 2, 2019

I recently tried fire cider vinegar as a natural cold and flu remedy for the first time. This was after getting yet another cold. A cold which I honestly think was being passed back and forth between me and the current (still new) guy I've been dating. (Come on. I'm 44. I'm way too old to act the prude.) The results were quickly noticeable. By day three I felt like a whole new, shiny person. And that undying sinus headache, that typically only Sudafed takes care of, was quick to make a hasty retreat from the first use.

Fire cider vinegar recipe: A natural cold and flu home remedy for symptom relief. Learn how to make a homemade fire cider vinegar as a natural cold and flu remedy. This traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Boost your immunity for health and wellness with this holistic homeopathic fire cider recipe.

Fire Cider Cold And Flu Remedy


I've been an advocate for apple cider vinegar for a number of years now. It all started with a quest to learn how to better manage my fibromyalgia after realizing that pain killers were literally the worst ever way to treat a chronic condition. I tried literally a zillion supplements and remedies during my hunt for a natural alternative. This journey led me to kombucha tea. Then, eventually, to an apple cider vinegar tonic to remedy my gut health.

When I first learned about fire cider vinegar it was during a trademark dispute over the use of "fire cider." A traditional cold and flu remedy, the term fire cider had been used for centuries as a holistic remedy. That a company had come along and trademarked a well known term used for a natural remedy was concerning to a lot of people. Luckily, some upstanding, prominent herbalists took it upon themselves to fight this trademark. And, after a lot of time and money (much of which was donated to the cause), they finally won. Five years later and Shire City Herbals no longer owns a trademark to the common term, fire cider.

Raw honey and garlic for making fire cider.

This also sets a precedent that prevents the names for traditional folk remedies from being trademarked in the future. Therefore it's seen as a win for herbalists. After all, people had been making, using and selling fire cider vinegar long before Shire City Herbals trademarked the name in 2012.

Not only should the name not have been trademarked in the first place, but the claim that Shire City Herbals came up with fire cider vinegar on its own in 2010 was simply untrue. There are decades upon decades of history outlining its use. Rosemary Gladstar, a well known and respected herbalist, also outlined a fire cider tonic recipe in her book, Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest, which was first published in 1999 as a traditional, herbal cold and flu remedy.

Fire cider vinegar is a traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic. It acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Comprised of onions, garlic, peppers, ginger, horseradish, a lemon or orange, turmeric, raw honey and apple cider vinegar, this spicy folk preparation is a healthy natural cold and flu home remedy.


What Is Fire Cider?


Fire cider vinegar is a traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic. It acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Comprised of onions, garlic, peppers, ginger, horseradish, a lemon or orange, turmeric, raw honey and apple cider vinegar, this spicy folk preparation is perfect as a shooter or an addition to water, oil and vinegar dressings and foods like fried rice or mixed veggies. There are a number of different ways to make fire cider vinegar, although the basics tend to remain the same due to their effectiveness.

It's easy to customize and, of course, you can add as much honey as you like to taste. It also makes a great addition to non-alcoholic, bloody mary recipe. Unfortunately, it does take a month to steep in a cool, dark location. So if you need your fire cider fix ASAP, you can buy this traditional herbal cold remedy online. Or pick some up at your local co-op like I did!

Fire Cider Vinegar Recipe as a natural cold and flu remedy. Learn how to make a homemade fire cider vinegar as a natural cold and flu remedy. This traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Dilute this natural cold and flu remedy in a comforting tea for natural decongestant relief.

Keep reading to learn how to make a homemade fire cider vinegar as a natural cold and flu remedy for you and your family.

Fire cider vinegar recipe: A natural cold and flu home remedy for symptom relief. Learn how to make a homemade fire cider vinegar as a natural cold and flu remedy. This traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Boost your immunity for health and wellness with this holistic homeopathic fire cider recipe.

Traditional Fire Cider Vinegar Recipe


Ingredients:


1 medium organic onion, chopped
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of raw local honey, or to taste

Instructions:


Prepare the ingredients as indicated, by chopping the onion, garlic and peppers. Then grate the ginger and horseradish. Zest and juice the lemon, then combine with the prepared vegetables and spices in a one quart, sterilized mason jar.

Fill the remainder of the mason jar with unfiltered apple cider vinegar. (I love Bragg's apple cider vinegar with the "mother.") Then, place a piece of wax paper, or parchment paper, on top of the jar and screw on the lid. (Alternately, you can also use a mason jar with a plastic lid. You just don't want the acid from the apple cider vinegar eating away at the metal.)

Shake the jar to combine the ingredients. Then, store the mason jar with the fire cider vinegar in a cool, dark location. You should shake the jar once a day for a period of four to six weeks. 

After this time, strain the fire cider vinegar through a fine mesh sieve strainer or cheesecloth. Be sure to squeeze the liquid from the pulp of your fire cider vinegar ingredients as well. You want all the natural health benefits that are found in these particular foods!

Now add the raw honey to the fire cider vinegar. You can adjust the amount to taste. Fire cider vinegar is spicy, but not so spicy I couldn't stand it. (And yes, I'm a wimp. I buy MILD salsa like a crazy person.)

Your fire cider vinegar is now ready to be used. When not in use, simply store your fire cider vinegar in a cool, dark location or in your refrigerator.

Grated horseradish for making fire cider vinegar


How to Use Fire Cider as a Cold and Flu Remedy


To use your fire cider vinegar, take one to two Tablespoons as needed to naturally relieve cold and flu symptoms. I like to do shots about three times a day when I first start getting sick. (I also chug a glass of water directly afterwards to tame the burn.) However, you can adjust your intake based on what your body needs at the time.

If you drink a LOT of apple cider vinegar, it does have the potential to damage tooth enamel. So you may want to dilute yours in a glass of water instead.


If you like my fire cider vinegar recipe, then be sure to pin it for later.

Natural foods for cold and flu relief to support immune health and relieve symptoms naturally.


Alternative Natural Cold and Flu Remedies


If you're looking for more ways to support immune health throughout cold and flu season, you can also try one of these other natural alternatives.

If you like my natural fire cider vinegar recipe, be sure to follow Becca Ink on Facebook and Instagram.

This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience or research and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.
Becca Ink