Pictured here are some of my favorite topical pain relieving remedies.
The heat wrap is just a Dollar Tree heat wrap, but it works as well as the more expensive brands such as you might get at Walgreens. I enjoy using it when the weather is cool or when I have muscle cramps that just won't let up.
With the oregano oil and the lavender oil, I make a homemade massage oil. Just take 4 ounces of extra virgin olive oil and add 20 drops of oregano oil and 20 drops of lavender oil. It has somewhat of a warming effect. Warning! Essential oils should never be taken internally.
Muscle rub is another favorite. It seems to a cooling effect or warming effect, whichever my body needs at the time. The one pictured above is from Mighty Dollar. It is cheaper and even stronger than most of the muscle rubs available in some other stores. The active ingredients are Methyl Salicylate (15%), Menthol (10%), and Camphor (2%). It is great to use to help relieve muscle spasms and joint pains. People with allergies to aspirin or mint should not use this product.
Perhaps the most effective remedy pictured here is the Capzasin-P. This hot pepper oil cream is available at WalMart and seems to be quite effective for muscle cramps, joint pain, and nerve pain. It really seems to work well to relieve pain. I only use it when I am desperate as it does make me itch and break out a bit. Not sure if I'm allergic to it or just sensitive to the hot oil used in it. It has a wonderful warming effect that lasts for hours. Warning! Never use this cream and the heat wrap or a heating pad together!
Finally, I like to use Arniflora gel (not pictured here). It is a cool, soothing homeopathic gel. Though it does help sore muscles, it does not seem to do much for joint pain or nerve pain; so I usually just use it after using one of the other remedies.
Well, I hope this is a help to someone who may be wondering what they can use topically to relieve pain.
Remember, if you have any questions about whether any of these remedies are right for you, be sure to ask your doctor.