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I have a super fun and handy DIY for you today, friends. If you suffer from sore muscles, joint pains, back pains, arthritis, etc…then this easy and effective DIY recipe is for you.
My Homemade Kitty Balm!
No, it’s NOT for your kitty cat. Do you get my plan on words with the title?
Okay, more on that shortly…but first, let me tell you about MY NEW SCALE, crucial to have on hand for any of the DIY recipes you find on my blog.
If you do a fair amount of DIYing in your home, you
should have NEED a scale. Seriously. My kitchen scales get a workout, that’s for sure.
From food recipes to DIY, it is constantly out on my counter.
The scale I had been using was on its last legs. Actually, truth be told, it had lost its legs a few months ago. Haha! No, seriously…the legs fell off!!!
So, when I had the chance to review a new scale, I jumped on it. …and I am soooo happy that I did!
MIRA Glass Digital Kitchen Scale
The MIRA Glass Digital Kitchen Scale operates like many other kitchen scales, but it is MUCH more user-friendly.
***First, the weighing surface is extra large. My old scale’s surface was about 5×5 inches. This scale’s weighing surface is about 5×10 inches. This is MUCH better when using a large bowl, as it’s easier to see the display.
***Also, my old scale had a raised platform. Not good, as some bulky things were difficult to fit on the raised platform AND they would cover up the display. So, not only is this scale’s weighing surface larger, it is a flat weighing surface…which is super handy!
***My old scale had a hard-to-read display. It had dark gray numbers on a light gray background; not ideal in some lightning. This scale has a super cool blue LED display. I feel all fancy when I use it. Lol.
***Also…let’s talk batteries. Ugh.
A couple of months ago I was frantically trying to finish weighing some skincare packages that HAD to go out that day. The post office was closing soon and I had to get there before the truck left.
What happens? Of course, my scale dies.
Alright, no problem; I’ll just change the batteries!
Oh wait…that IS a problem because it takes one of those large round batteries that costs an arm and a leg. Of course, I did NOT have one of those laying around.
This MIRA Scale takes 3 AAA batteries, which are included. Yes, I DO have those laying around.
***Finally, storage of this MIRA scale could not be more easy. It is super-de-duper thin, so it can slide into many small places in your cabinets (unless you keep yours on the counter, like me…and in that case, it’s really pretty to leave out and show off).
Would I Buy This Scale?
Alright, so my old scale on a 1-10 scale (1 is the worst)…I’d rate it a 6. I mean, it did its job, but it was big and clunky, hard to read, took a funky battery, etc.
My new MIRA Glass Digital Scale? Totally a 10. I have had absolutely NO problems with it. It weighs perfectly in grams, ounces, and pounds, is slim for storage, it is pretty, I LOVE the flat glass weighing surface, the LED is great, and it has performed perfectly for me.
Scratch Mommy Approved!!!
Now…onward to my exciting Kitty Balm recipe where you can use this lovely kitchen scale.
DIY Kitty Balm (like Tiger Balm®)
You may have heard of Tiger Balm®. It’s one of those lovely concoctions that helps people with sore muscles, cramps, arthritis, joint pain, etc.
The problem with Tiger Balm®? Ugh…once again, it’s one of those products that has great intentions, but cuts corners with unsavory ingredients. Boo!
I know that I do not want to put paraffin petroleum on my skin! Also, from where do they source their dementholized mint oil? I’ve learned that the quality of these oils varies widely1. Besides, it’s not a necessary ingredient, friends…so WHY put it in there!??
I’ve got you covered. Follow this easy recipe and you’ll get those muscles feeling relief in no time flat.
The amounts below make a little less than 6oz of ointment
- 2oz Beeswax (I like this beeswax the very best)
- 1oz Shea Butter (this is my favorite shea butter, hands down)
- 2oz Carrier Oil (I use apricot oil in this recipe, but you could use almond, jojoba, etc; view carrier oils here)
- Essential Oils: Lavender, Niaouli, Eucalyptus, Cajeput, & Blue Chamomile
- Double boiler (I just make one with a glass bowl over a pot of an inch or so of simmering water)
- Container (check out containers in my Pronounce Skincare Herbal Boutique)
- Kitchen scale (like this scale, of course!)
- Measure all ingredients (except essential oils!) on your scale in your glass bowl
- Melt down in your double boiler
- Remove once melted and allow to cool (do NOT put your essential oils in when it’s still screaming hot)
- After a few minutes, add your essential oils
- Lavender- 20 drops
- Niaouli- 12 drops
- Eucalyptus- 12 drops
- Cajeput- 15 drops
- Blue Chamomile- 5 drops
- Pour into your container where it will set up in a few minutes
NOTE: The recipe above will create an ointment that is very thick. You really have to scoop it out of your container. BUT…I like having a thick one for something like this. Since you are trying to help out sore muscles, you’ll want to rub it in…really massage it in! So, if it’s thicker, you can really work it in nicely.
If you want it to be more of the consistency of a lip balm, for instance, simply add another 1oz or so of oil.
Why Those Essential Oils?
Calming…and it smells delish! Read more about lavender essential oil here.
Niaouli, Eucalyptus, & Cajeput
- Niaouli– Antispasmodic & stimulant (decrease muscle spasms, yet keep blood flowing).
- Eucalyptus– Antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, and much more. It’s super-de-duper great for aching muscles.
- Cajeput– Holds many of the same properties as ones listed above, but also creates a sensation of warmth when applied.
Click the names of these three EOs to learn more about them.
Blue Chamomile (German Chamomile)
Calming properties, anti-inflammatory, and it smells incredibly DELISH!!! It is one of my favorite essential oils. Learn more about German Chamomile here.
I purchase almost all of my essential oils here.
Ta-da! Now, rub some on yourself (or your friend, or partner, or whoever needs it…lol) and let the ingredients do their magic. Help it along with a nice massage!
If you like this recipe, please check out more DIY skincare projects here and more DIY projects for the home here.
Also, if you aren’t feeling particularly DIYish (or simply don’t have the time, energy, desire, ingredients, etc etc etc) to make your own products, but you WANT healthy, non-toxic skincare solutions in your home, please…
…check out handcrafted skincare shop, Pronounce Skincare & Herbal Boutique!
Until next time…
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.