I’m young, I’m healthy, and I have very large breasts. I used to do factory work part time in college. It’s a company that makes all of it’s products by hand. Which meant a lot of bending over and heavy lifting. Combining all three was nearly killing my back.
I had to do something. My brother’s fiancée (then girlfriend) was studying to be a naturopath. I asked her what the best thing to ease the pain was. She made me a homemade cream (bless her little cotton socks!) that really helped with my back pain. I asked her for the recipe. She gave it to me and then I made it for my mother and my grandmother and anyone else who asked for it.
¼ cup of water
1 cup of roughly chopped fresh ginger
25 drops of eucalyptus essential oils
**optional ¼ cup coconut oil/shea butter
Melt the shea butter/coconut oil (if using)
Put the water in the blender and add the ginger
Blend until smooth
Add eucalyptus oil
Mix the ginger paste into the shea butter/coconut oil.
Keep for up to a month, or store in a air tight glass container in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Note: To pick ginger, choose smooth, dry, firmly skinned ginger. Avoid anything that is soft or wrinkly. If you break the ginger and smell it – that’s a good indicator of strength – the hotter and spicier it smells the more of the good stuff your going to get out of it.
If you get a particularly woody ginger, skin it. But if the skin is thin, it’s all right to leave it on.
Why Does It Work?
Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. There are several studies that prove it works both internally and externally. It can help prevent inflammation from viruses, bacteria, and parasites. But it also combats other sources of inflammation, like heat, acid, and cigarette smoke.
Ginger increases circulation of your blood, delivering more blood to the effected area, which then helps move built-up toxins and extraneous white blood cells from the area, reducing swelling in the muscles and helping ease pain.
It also has antibacterial properties – so this mixture can help speed up your healing process.
Eucalyptus has been shown in several studies to prevent and numb pain. A study involving rats and mice proved that when they were burned or had acetic acid build-up, topically applied eucalyptus lessened (and in some cases eliminated) pain from the wounds.
In the same study, inflammation from the burns was also shown to be decreased. So the combination of ginger and eucalyptus is both anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Coconut Oil/Shea Butter
Coconut oil, or if you prefer shea butter, has moisturizing properties, but also helps to seal in the effects that the ginger an eucalyptus oil is going to have on your ouchies.
Coconut oil additionally is wonderful, due to its antimicrobial properties. Which means that you’re not going to get anything growing in your mixture – particularly good if you’re forgetful (like me!) and tend to leave things lying around without storing them in your fridge.
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