Make Homemade Muscle Rub from Wild Horsemint Leaves
Horsemint (Monarda punctata L.) is a wild mint that grows in East Texas and much of the rest of the eastern United States. It has a pretty purple flower and a strong medicinal odor. Pictured below: Wild horsemint
My old survival mentor, who taught me so much about the wild plants of East Texas, told me to never drink horsemint tea; that it is much too strong. If you smell a batch of this “tea” brewing, believe me, you won’t be tempted to drink it. But he did show me how to make a good muscle rub, kind of a survivalist Ben-Gay ointment, out of horsemint. Here’s how you do it.
Stir the two together and then set aside to let it cool. The tea and the shortening will separate as they cool, but that’s OK. The oil in the horse mint, which is the active ingredient, will mix into the shortening. Take a fork and kind of whip the mixture together. It should be about the consistency of thin yogurt.
If you have sore muscles just take your liniment jar, shake it up to mix it back together, and rub a little liniment onto your muscles to help ease the pain. Be forewarned that this is pretty greasy; not like the stuff that you buy at the store, so use it sparingly.