We’ve been talking quite a bit about movement lately. Working our bodies, pushing them to the limits of what they’re capable of in the form of running, dancing, doing yoga, getting in the water… whatever your workout of choice may be. It’s incredible what these bodies of ours can be capable of – and exercising those muscles and bones also reminds us of how important it is to take good care of ourselves.
You don’t necessarily need to be sore to enjoy this ginger cayenne muscle rub. Nothing feels better than coming home after a run, taking a hot shower, and rubbing this on aching muscles and joints. The combination of coconut oil and shea butter as a base makes it super silky and moisturizing, and the ginger and cayenne give it that warming, tingly quality that I love so much. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which soothes pain, and ginger root powder has been shown to reduce inflammation. You could use a number of different essential oils but I chose eucalyptus, which is known for its ability to sooth sore muscles.
What you need:
½ cup shea butter
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tsp ginger root powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter using a double boiler system – I always just use a mason jar, and place it right in a sauce pan with some water on medium heat. Once they’ve melted, mix in the ginger and cayenne powder. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, remove from the heat and add the drops of essential oil. Stir, transfer to a jar, and place in the fridge to cool.
Rub on sore muscles and joints as needed!*
*I recommend testing a small amount on your hand first to make sure your skin doesn’t react to the mixture.