Peppermint essential oil has a cooling sensation and may help soothe sore muscles and tendons for some people when it is applied topically. Because it can be irritating to the skin, however, it should be diluted in coconut, olive, or another such oil before being applied.
If you’d like to make a soothing muscle cream with peppermint essential oil at home, you can try this recipe. Additional oils may be added and we’ve given some options for those, as well.
- 1 cup solid coconut oil
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
- In a glass bowl, mix coconut oil and peppermint oil. Blend together with hand mixer until a whipped consistency is achieved.
- Apply as needed, avoiding the eyes and nose.
- Store unused portion in glass jar.
*Additional essential oils that might be helpful for muscle soreness include wintergreen (must be kept out of reach of children and pets), copaiba, and lavender.
You can learn more about peppermint oil here: “Peppermint Essential Oil: An Overview.”