If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you may have days when your muscles are tighter than others, increasing your discomfort. If so, try one or both of the following homemade massage oils to help loosen your muscles and find some relief.
Jalapeno Juice And Sesame Massage Oil
This first massage oil contains capsaicin, which is found in the jalapeno juice. Capsaicin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and it also helps relax tight muscles. The sesame oil serves as a carrier oil, but it also helps reduce the inflammation around your neck joints and muscles.
For this massage treatment, you will need a quarter of a cup of sesame oil and the juice from three jalapeno peppers. To make the juice, cut the peppers into slices, and place them in a microwavable bowl. Then, use the back of a large spoon to squeeze out the juice. Remove the peppers and seeds, then mix the oil with the juice.
Place the bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds to warm up the oil. Once it has cooled to a comfortable temperature, massage the oil into your neck. Once you are finished, don't forget to thoroughly wash your hands, as the pepper juice could burn your eyes if you accidentally touch them.
Ginger And Coconut Massage Oil
This second oil mixes the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of fresh ginger with soothing coconut oil. For this preparation, you will need a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, a small piece of fresh ginger root, two small microwavable bowls, a small grater, and a piece of cheesecloth.
To make the massage oil, use the grater to shred about a half of a teaspoon of the ginger root, and then place it in the bowl. Pour the coconut oil over the ginger; then place the bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Let the mixture cool for about 15 to 20 minutes. Not only does this prevent burns from the oil being too hot, but it gives the ginger root time to blend with the coconut oil. While you are waiting, place the cheesecloth over the second bowl. Once the oil has cooled, strain the mixture through the cloth, then massage the oil into your neck.
Using one or both of the above oils a couple of times a day should help reduce some of your soreness and stiffness. However, if you can't seem to find relief or notice your symptoms are getting worse, you may want to make an appointment with a chiropractor to see if adjustments might be a treatment option for you.