If you visited my home and looked in my pantry, you'd find food, but also baskets and bins of homemade herbal remedies in jars, dropper bottles, and tins.

A liniment is a topic remedy, either oil based or liquid, that helps relieve pain, stiffness and sore muscles.

Different herbs make liniments "warm" or "cool." Using a mixture of cooling (peppermint, menthol) and warming (cayenne, ginger) herbs creates a more effective alternating effect.

I wish I'd had this when I met my husband... We met on a cross-country walk. As a group of college students, we walked 60+ miles a day, averaging 15 miles individually.

Herbal Liniment Recipe This easy herbal liniment uses witch hazel and dried herbs for a powerful sore muscle fighter with peppermint, menthol, cayenne, ginger, etc.

Materials – 2 TBSP arnica flowers – 2 TBSP comfrey flowers – 2 TBSP lavender flowers – 2 TBSP peppermint leaf – 1 TBSP yarrow flowers – 1 TBSP St. John’s Wort – 1 tsp menthol crystals – ½ tsp cayenne pepper – 1 TBSP fresh ginger  – 1 cup witch hazel (or

Instructions -In a pint-size mason jar, combine the herbs, menthol crystals, and fresh ginger. -Cover the herbs with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.

– Let the mixture sit for at least 4 weeks (8 is preferable). -Store the finished liniment in a spray bottle. Use a cotton ball or gauze pad if you don't have a spray bottle. Muscle soreness.