Making a cream or massage oil using camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus works great to help relax coughing when applied to your chest and throat, relax sore muscles, and may also diminish joint pain.
Household weblog One Good Thing by Jillee found that nearly all therapeutic topical creams and ointments contain either camphor, menthol, or eucalyptus. Jillee's son was recently diagnosed with a skeletal disorder that causes a lot of back pain and she wanted to reduce the amount of over-the-counter analgesics he had to take everyday. Through trial and error she came up with the recipe for her cream with helps her son and makes a great therapeutic massage oil or cream.
To make it you melt coconut oil and beeswax pellets together under gentle heat. After removing from the heat source add camphor crystals or oil, menthol crystals or oil, and eucalyptus oil. Mix thoroughly and pour the oil into a container. It will solidify when completely cooled but became liquid again when applied to the skin, just like coconut oil itself. Jillee also notes that if you don't want to bother with making your own cream you can purchase a jar of vitamin E cream and add the three essential oils.
The menthol and camphor should also help relieve suffering from a chest cold by applying to your chest in a way similar to Vick's Vapour Rub and also help with muscle pain.
Make Your Own Homemade Pain Relieving Cream [One Good Thing by Jillee]