Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite natural products: CBD.
I’ve been using it for a few years now and I love it.
I’ll also explain how you can make your own CBD muscle rub with essential oils to soothe painful muscles.
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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 take CBD oil orally and use pure CBD extract as a base for my homemade products such as this muscle rub with essential oils.
CBD extract is a strong, concentrated form of CBD and the most natural one.
It contains properties of the whole plant and is used to produce CBD oil.
Since CBD extract is so concentrated, you only need a tiny amount.
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.
Choosing a CBD brand
Nowadays there are many CBD products available. The quality depends on which plants were used, the extraction method, whether the CBD is free from pesticides and chemicals and how much it has been diluted.
I recommend doing some research, reading reviews and trying out products from a brand that you trust.
This is what I did and it brought me to Endoca. It’s a European brand that has been around since 2006 and produces some of the highest quality CBD products in the world.
Their CBD is made from 100% organic hemp grown in Denmark and doesn’t contain any pesticides or synthetics.
They apply strict quality control, verified by GMP certification and third party laboratory testing.
They use state of the art technology and extract their oil through CO2 extraction. This is a very mild, low temperature method that preserves the full spectrum of the properties.
Endoca controls the entire process from seed to shelf and works closely with biochemists and neuroscientists.
They mention on their website that they supply hospitals with their CBD products.
I find Endoca’s CBD to be very pure and concentrated. I personally only need a little bit to notice the effects and love taking their CBD oil before I go to sleep.
The characteristic, strong natural taste is a good indication of quality for me. If the taste is too herbal for you, you can add some natural sweetener to it or add it to your drink.
What I also value a lot is Endoca’s commitment to integrity. They are transparent and provide excellent customer service. Their staff is very helpful and knowledgable and they are quick to answer you in their chat. This is a big plus. Endoca ships worldwide.
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 orally as well as topically.
Turmeric and peppermint oil are two other potent 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
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 CBD producer on the dosage for your specific use, as each CBD extract is a bit different.
You can also use CBD oil, but you will need one with a stronger concentration (or a higher dosage of a lower concentration oil).
Use the CBD muscle rub with essential oils whenever you have muscle pain. 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 etc.