A liniment is a topically applied product that is formulated to help provide relief from painful and swollen muscles and joints. It works by providing a cooling or warming effect that promotes blood circulation to the affected area, thus promoting a speedy healing. Some liniments are oil-based while others are water-based, which is preferred by many because all of the ingredients are absorbed at a much faster rate.
You can easily get your hands on a tube or jar of liniment at your local pharmacy. The nicest thing about such product is it saves you from the need to constantly pop painkillers in your mouth each time you are bugged by muscle and joint pain brought about by overuse, an injury or arthritis. It’s no secret that the intake of painkillers comes with certain side effects, and some of them include dizziness, nausea, vomiting and even digestive issues. With the use of an effective liniment, you can dodge these nasty side effects and your liver is spared from all the hard work of metabolizing drugs in your system.
Other than buying a liniment, you may also make one at home with your own hands. It’s the perfect project especially if you are someone who is into DIY projects as well as all-natural solutions to various ailments and illnesses. Coming up with your own liniment is both fun and rewarding — it allows you to select from an assortment of herbs that are proven to possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and it gives you much pride each time your DIY liniment works well on you or leaves a family member or friend of yours impressed with its efficacy.
In order to get started, you will have to obtain several different herbs, all of which work together in providing relief from your swollen and achy muscles and joints. You can easily obtain them from a health food store near you. If you’re lucky, the supermarket you frequent may offer them too.
Let’s get started!
- 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 2 tablespoons of lavender flowers
- 2 tablespoons of comfrey flowers
- 2 tablespoons of arnica flowers
- 2 tablespoons of peppermint leaves
- 1 tablespoon of St. John’s wort
- 1 tablespoon of yarrow flowers
- 1 teaspoon of menthol crystals
- 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- In a small glass jar, place all of your solid ingredients.
- Add rubbing alcohol into the glass jar, making sure that each and every ingredient is covered.
- Cover the glass jar.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 4 weeks. Some people prefer doing it for 8 weeks.
- At the end of the said time period, grab a strainer or a small piece of cheesecloth and strain out all of your solid ingredients.
- Transfer the resulting liniment in a clean jar with a cover. It’s also a good idea to place the finished product in a small spray bottle for ease of application.
That’s how simple it is to make your own liniment! All you have to do is apply the product on painful and swollen muscles and joints several times a day to obtain much-needed relief. Remember not to use your DIY liniment on broken skin. Cutting the amount of solid ingredients in half may be done if you have sensitive skin.
Wondering why rubbing alcohol is used? Rubbing alcohol is absorbed by the skin very quickly, permitting the ingredients of your homemade liniment to spring into action right away. Also, rubbing alcohol tends to evaporate quickly, thus saving you from the need to put up with any unpleasant residue on your skin. Further, the said ingredient helps in hastening the extraction of the potent substances in the herbs used.