Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite natural products: CBD.
I’ll also explain how to make your own CBD muscle rub with essential oils to soothe painful muscles.
What is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. It’s packed with health benefits and can be used orally as well as topically.
You won’t get high from CBD; the high that cannabis is known for comes from the THC component.
CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors found in cells in our body. They are part of the endocannabinoid system and involved with the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.
CBD contains potent antioxidants and neuro-protectants. They help with pain relief, cell regeneration, brain function and a healthy sleep cycle.
CBD can help reduce anxiety and has shown very positive effects in treating different types of cancer.
How to use CBD?
While the use of CBD has become increasingly popular in the past few years, it has a long history.
The cannabis plant is one of the oldest domesticated crops. It has been used for thousands of years to produce food, medicine, textiles and materials such as more recently 100% biodegradable plant-based plastics.
Products such as hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp flour are known for their highly nutritious value.
Nowadays there are a lot of CBD creams and serums available as well as drops and supplements for internal use.
I like to buy pure CBD extract and use it as a base to make my own products such as this CBD muscle rub with essential oils.
CBD extract is very concentrated, so you only need a tiny amount of it.
I mostly use CBD topically. After a strong workout last year, my muscles hurt so badly that it was painful to even walk off the stairs. I applied this muscle rub twice and that same evening all the pain was gone! It can be that potent.
I love using CBD extract on my face as well. It nourishes my skin, has strong anti-aging properties, speeds up healing and keeps it healthy.
I’ve created my own CBD facial serum made with shea butter and coconut oil and it’s one of my all-time favorite DIY beauty recipes.
CBD needs fat
Cannabinoids are fat-soluble and they need another oily base so that our body can absorb them properly.
Coconut oil is one of the best oils to mix CBD with due to its high concentration of MCT’s, fatty acids.
The MCT’s even facilitate a faster absorption than other oils. This is because the liver immediately converts them into energy.
The essential oils I use in this muscle rub have their own powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Arnica is a wonderful plant that was used by ancient Native Americans. I learnt about it during my Martial Arts days when I used to practise Tae Kwon Do.
The trainings and competitions would often leave me with bruises and sometimes minor injuries.
Arnica speeds up the healing process, relieves pain, is antiseptic and helps heal wounds.
It is used in homeopathic medicine and can be taken both internally as well as topically.
Turmeric and peppermint oil are two other wonderful essential oils that make this muscle rub a very powerful, 100% natural product. And you can easily make it at home!
CBD muscle rub with essential oils
1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
desired amount pure CBD extract
5 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops Arnica oil
5 drops turmeric oil
Use an organic virgin coconut oil as base and melt it au bain marie in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water.
Once the oil is fully melted, remove the bowl and let it cool off a bit.
You can now mix in the CBD extract and the essential oils.
Pour the mixture in a container and let it cool off.
The amount of CBD extract depends on how strong you need the muscle rub to be and how strongly your body reacts to CBD.
I recommend consulting with a producer of CBD extract on the amounts you should use, as each CBD extract is a bit different.
Use the CBD muscle rub with essential oils whenever you have muscle pain. Just gently massage a small amount into the affected area and let it fully absorb.
Note: some natural ingredients such as coconut oil melt at higher temperatures.
Their properties stay the same and you can put your DIY product in the fridge for an hour to solidify again.
Make sure to use a container that protects the content from leaking, especially if you’re carrying it with you in your bag.