all-natural, homemade muscle soothing cream


I have something called de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, also known as mommy’s thumb. It’s often referred to as mommy’s thumb because it’s common among (new) moms especially. Essentially, the tendons from the thumb through the wrist become inflamed, resulting in anything from mild discomfort to severe pain on the thumb side of the wrist. Why mommy’s thumb? When new moms continually pick up their kids (especially the older, heavier ones), excessive wear occurs on that tendon. Unfortunately for me and many others, we don’t always pick up correctly, and that causes this inflammation.

The best way to treat it is to work on lifting not with the wrists but with the legs. Sounds simple enough, right? It is – when you consciously think about it. If you’re like me, though (and especially if you’re short like me!), you forget, and reaching down into the crib to pick up your toddler makes it difficult to lift with your legs.

In any case, I’ve developed this tendinitis. I’ve worked quite a bit with my chiropractor, and that has definitely helped, so I highly recommend it! I also put together this cream that you can rub into the area (works great for any aches or pains) to help ease the pain. doTERRA’s Deep Blue and frankincense are wonderful anti-inflammatory oils. Additionally, frankincense has a warming effect while Deep Blue has a cooling effect (think Icy Hot!). Just rub the cream into the affected areas as needed throughout the day. Click the ingredients


Make It:

  1. Melt olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in microwave, approx. 2 minutes. (I like to use glass Pyrex measuring cups; that way I can easily pour into jars for storage.)
  2. Whisk in essential oils.
  3. Pour into wide-mouth pint jar.
  4. Allow to cool fully before capping. (Cream will set as it cools.)
  5. Store in a cool, dry place.

Cost Comparison:

  • This recipe = 94 cents per ounce
  • Icy Hot at Walmart = $1.65 per ounce

Published by Jodi Hoyt

Jodi Hoyt is a content specialist and blogger working out of a home office in Sioux Falls, SD. Through Jot, she provides copywriting, proofreading, and editing services for any personal or business need. Specialties include digital content creation and copywriting for social media platforms, websites (with an emphasis in SEO tag words and key phrases), and print materials. Jodi has been a freelance consultant for nearly ten years, and she officially started Jot (previously Hoyt Consulting) in January 2011. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and her Bachelor of Music in music theory and composition in 2004 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Additionally, Jodi is an adjunct business instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and she is a creator and blogger with Simple Family Remedies. Jodi and her husband, Nathan, married in 2004 and have a two-year-old son, Lincoln. They are expecting their second son in May 2018. They also have two cats. In her spare time, Jodi loves to golf, run, ride bicycle, and play sand volleyball. She is also a big Marvel fan and a self-proclaimed tech geek.

3 thoughts on “all-natural, homemade muscle soothing cream

    1. You can get it from local beekeepers if you know of any in your area. In the Sioux Falls area, local health markets such as Pomegranate Market carry it. You could check with local health markets in your area.


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