Natural “Icy Hot”

If you ever have soreness in your shoulders, back, or any other muscle or joint, you’ve come to the right place. Working at a desk everyday on a computer left my shoulders and neck in bad shape last summer, which had me using Icy Hot pain patches to find relief. Those patches created waste, smelt bad, and hurt to take off. I was using these patches so frequently that I decided to figure out a natural and zero waste way of getting the same relief. What I ended up with was a natural way to help soothe sore muscle pain without any skin irritation or overwhelming scent.

This recipe involves two main ingredients: Cayenne Pepper and Turmeric Powder (or Ginger Powder). These ingredients have many health benefits, but specifically for this recipe their benefits help sore muscles. Turmeric can be used for more things other than a spice used in curries; it is also known as an anti-inflammatory which can help reduce joint and muscle pain. Cayenne Pepper can also be used as an anti-inflammatory due to it containing capsaicin (the heat) which sends messages from the skin to joints resulting in pain relief.


Other ingredients such as the Peppermint and Lavender essential oils also help to soothe muscle and joint pain. Peppermint essential oil helps release muscle tension and pain. Lavender essential oil is also known to help with relaxation as well as pain relief.

This recipe can be used as a rub or you could even make it into a massage bar by adding in ½ cup of beeswax instead of ¼ cup.



  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ Cup Beeswax
  • 2 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper*
  • 2 Teaspoons Turmeric (or Ginger) Powder*
  • 10-15 Drops Peppermint and Lavender Essential Oil

What You’ll Need: 

  • Double boiler or microwave safe bowl
  • Measuring utensils
  • Small mason jar or container with airtight lid


  1. Melt coconut oil and beeswax together on low heat in a double boiler or in 30 second intervals in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Once melted, add in measured amount of cayenne pepper and turmeric (or ginger) powders.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Pour into jar or container.

To Use:

Take as much as you need to cover sore area and massage. Use as many times as needed. Keep this at your desk or in your medicine cabinet. 


*Turmeric may temporarily dye the skin yellow, if you are uncomfortable with this substitute with ginger. Also, be careful not to get the cayenne pepper near your eyes during this DIY experience.


I use this stuff regularly and it really helps! My pain is relieved in a natural and zero waste way. This natural “Icy Hot” also saves money and trips to the drugstore for pain patches.  

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out my other DIY recipes!

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