There are a lot of things that are challenging about being 45 and having a three-year-old.
One of the biggest problems I have is that with a knee injury and a history or back pain, keeping up wiht her can be a struggle.
She is always on-the-go.
You know that I love my essential oils, but so many of the lotions and blends that are meant to help with pain also stink.
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Although I don’t consider myself especially vain, I do try to avoid smelling like a ben-gay commercial when I take her to the park.
Kinda highlights the fact that I’m so much older than most of the other mothers.
(I know it may happen at some point, but I am SO trying to put off the “Are you her grandmother?” question.)
Recently I made these Pain Relief Lotion Bars, and I gotta say, I am kind of in love. They are great for a massage or just a quick rub down. I keep them in the fridge (they get melty when they get warm) and I love the cooling sensation.
They have quickly become one of my favorite non-stinky ways to help manage pain. I can’t say that they are quite as powerful as blends with oils like wintergreen, but for mild everyday pain, I absolutely adore these. Not only do they smell great, they are good for my skin and I don’t have to worry about burning my eyes when I take my contacts out.
Pain Relieving Lotion Bar
Adapted from the Coconut Oil Cure
Heat water to medium-low in the bottom of a double boiler. (A metal bowl over a saucepan works too.)
Add coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. Cook until melted.
Remove top of double boiler or bowl from the heat and stir in essential oils.
Spoon mixture into a bar-shaped mold and refrigerate until hardened.
Store in a glass container for up to 6 months.