· Essential Oils · Homemade Arthritis Pain Relief Cream: A DIY For Joint Pain Relief

Homemade Arthritis Pain Relief Cream: A DIY For Joint Pain Relief

DIY pain relief cream - collage: woman scooping cream out of a jar; woman rubbing cream on hands

Due to a combination of Dupuytren’s contracture and run-of-the-mill arthritis, I deal with achy hands on an almost daily basis. Luckily, I have a secret weapon that helps lessen those localized aches and pains whenever my hands are bothering me: my homemade arthritis pain relief cream!

Not only is it made with all-natural ingredients, but it’s effective and a cinch to make, as you’ll learn in this post! This DIY pain relief cream helps control the pain and inflammation in my hands without going overboard on over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin and other NSAIDs. It’s one of my favorite health and wellness DIYs, alongside staples like DIY heating pads and homemade ice packs.

My recipe has evolved a bit over the years, but I’m very happy with the new, more streamlined formula you’ll find in this post. This version of my DIY arthritis cream gets its powerful pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties from Restore Essential Oil Blend, which we’ll explore further in the next section.

DIY pain relief cream - woman holding a jar of the diy pain relief cream

The Best Essential Oils For Joint Pain Relief

What makes my homemade pain relief cream so effective for alleviating pain? This herbal remedy gets its therapeutic qualities from powerful essential oils found in a blend called Restore. It’s not specifically an essential oil joint pain relief blend, but it sure works well for that purpose!

Here’s a quick look at the oils that make up this blend and their major properties:

  • Wintergreen Essential Oil – Reduces pain, promotes blood circulation, and soothes irritation and soreness. Absorbs quickly into skin, for quick, targeted relief.
  • Camphor Essential Oil – Found in many common topical pain relief products, including arthritis treatments. Cooling and warming properties help lessen inflammation and swelling. 
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – Used topically, peppermint can help relieve pain and swelling. A useful remedy for headaches, migraines, and other aches and pains.
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – Provides relief from both physical and mental distress, and smells wonderful. 
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil – Has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Blue Tansy Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-viral, and anti-fungal; often used to improve headaches, back pain, and other forms of discomfort.
  • Blue Chamomile Essential Oil – Has analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to reduce pain levels in people with conditions like arthritis and RA.
  • Osmanthus Essential Oil – Aroma can help reduce anxiety and helps ease pain, joint swelling, and stiffness.
DIY pain relief cream - closeup of jar of cream

It’s always gratifying to hear when something that works well for me also works for other people, and I’ve heard so many amazing stories from readers and customers who have used Restore Essential Oil Blend for pain relief.

One woman, Laura, was experiencing tension in her head and neck while recovering from brain cancer that wasn’t responding to even prescription painkillers. After trying Restore, she wrote, “This has been a godsend! It has definitely changed my life.

Another reviewer had a similar experience:

“I haven’t kept track of how many pills, roll-ons, creams, gels, and oils I have tried to relieve the muscle, joint, and headache pain I’ve endured over several years. I have recurring migraines, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. This essential oil blend, Restore, has immeasurably relieved pain for me. If you hurt, don’t hesitate to give this treasure a try.”

R. Roper

While Restore is available in a roll-on bottle format that’s pre-diluted with carrier oil, the more versatile 10 ml bottle gives you the option of using it in DIYs like my homemade pain relief cream. This cream is easy to apply to large areas affected by aches and pains, and it moisturizes skin at the same time! Here’s how you can make it at home.

DIY pain relief cream ingredients: coconut oil, Restore Essential Oil Blend, and beeswax pastiles

How To Make A Homemade Arthritis Pain Relief Cream


DIY pain relief cream - collage; putting ingredients in a bowl; stirring ingredients in double boiler


Start by melting the coconut oil and beeswax together in a double boiler. (If you don’t have one at home, a heat-safe bowl perched on top of a pan of simmering water works just as well!)

Stir the oil and wax occasionally until everything is melted and well combined, then remove the oil and wax mixture from heat and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.

DIY pain relief cream - putting Restore Essential Oil Blend into melted coconut oil and beeswax; stirring mixture

Add the essential oils to the melted mixture and stir once more, then pour it into a storage container with an airtight lid. Wait until the cream has cooled completely and set before using. (Feel free to stick it in your refrigerator to speed things up, or whip the set cream with a hand mixer to give it a lighter texture!)

DIY pain relief cream - collage: woman scooping cream out of a jar; woman rubbing cream on hands

How To Use Your DIY Pain Relief Cream

Apply the cream generously to the site of aches and pains from conditions like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or everyday soreness. If it feels a bit stiff at first, don’t worry — the warmth from your skin will quickly warm the cream and make it more spreadable.

Give yourself a relaxing mini massage while applying your therapeutic joint pain cream for added relief (or better yet, recruit a helper who’s willing to do it for you!)

Looking For Relief That’s Ready To Use?

If you’re looking for a convenient pain relief option you can use on the go, Restore Essential Oil Blend is also available in a convenient Ready-To-Apply Roll-On format! The roller bottle makes it quick and easy to use as needed, no matter where your day takes you.

Restore is also available in a convenient Twist-up Balm that’s perfect for applying over larger areas. The balm is enhanced with menthol crystals for immediate cooling relief and enriched with moisturizing coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter.

Shop The Restore Collection ➜

DIY pain relief cream - woman rubbing her hand

Have you tried any homemade pain relief cream recipes?

I may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website. I always offer my own genuine recommendation. Learn more.

Read This Next

Jill Nystul Photo

Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

About Jillee

Jill Nystul

Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

About Jillee


Essential Oils

  • Just to clarify this being called a “cream”, it is more ointment than cream. Creams are usually made by mixing oil and water with an emulsifier. Ointments are butters and oils mixed. With than being said, there are a multitude of benefits with using essential oils in either of these.

  • There is non surgery treatment for Dupuytren contracture. UCLA Dr Blenheim does enzyme injections to break up the scar tissue. Much less invasive than surgery.

    • Thanks that’s for this information. I’ll have to tell my Sister. About 2 years ago I was reading the contracture post and showed it to her. Her husband actually has it like in the pictures. We’ll have to see if there’s a place in the Midwest that does the treatments.

  • I love the Restore essential oil. It is very effective for aches and pains. However, I take a shortcut when using it by putting a dollop of unscented lotion in my hand and then putting a drop or two of the oil directly onto it, then stir it up with my finger and rub it on my lower back. It’s probably much stronger than making a salve but I’ve never had trouble with skin sensitivity. I do this for the other girls at work, too, when they have an achy shoulder, back, whatever. They call me ‘Dr. Feelgood’ here, lol.

  • I’m living in France, and it’s impossible for me to buy your restore oil blend……. Could you please tell me what essential oil I can use instead? Thank you so much

    • Corinne, I wish we could ship to France, but unfortunately, the cost for shipping would be more than the cost of our products. In the meantime, here are the essential oils used in our Restore Blend:

      Restore is a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus essential oils.

  • Hi Jillee, do you know if this works well for arthritis? I have terrible arthritic pain in my hands, so bad that my knuckles swell and eventually fuse so they only bend a little.

    • Nita, I know your pain all too well. For me and my OGT Plus manager, Stacie, it definitely helps with pain from arthritis. I would give it a try. Hope it gives you some relief. :-)

  • Jillee,
    Can you post the original recipe, that i saw ages ago… I still have all the stuff from that recipe (it was more yellow in color i guess from the bees wax pellets). I hate to buy something new (the pain oil mix mentioned in this post), when I still have a lot left of the variety.
    I just cant find the recipe!!
    (a link would suffice, if it is easier–

  • Jillee – my husband suffered from that same condition – Dupuytrens, until he found a doctor here in Boise that does an amazing outpatient, minimally invasive procedure that uses a needle to release the bands that are tightening. It was amazing! HIs procedure was several years ago and the contractures have not come back. I’ve included a link to the doctor’s site if you want to look into it. Boise’s not too far a drive! :) https://www.dupuytrenscenter.com

  • When children have “growing pains” as a nutritionist I always wanted to consider if they were getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Teenagers can put down an enormous amount of bone growth during a “growth spurt” Many of the parents I asked to consider having their child’s vitamin D level checked if other blood work was being done have come back to thank me as their child had a low Vitamin D level. Our bones are not static but can get weaker as adults if we do not exercise and provide the correct nutrients in the correct amounts.

  • Hello! Thank you so much for this! How long does this typically last you spoilage wise? Thinking of making it but was thinking of putting some type of natural preservative in it. Thoughts?

  • Great idea Jillee! Using the vitamin E cream is really a good way to make this for me personally. I’ll try it! Thanks for posting! As always good things posted from you!

  • >