Ladies, I must apologize in advance. I am up to my ears in dried mint and will be taking out my surplus on this very blog. There will be much minty posts in our near future! Shall we begin with this massage oil? Perhaps it is just us, but on this farm, there always seems to be a neck that goes out, a sore shoulder blade and a side-order of bad backs. After exhausting too many bottles of expensive essential oils, I remembered our supply of dried peppermint and got to work on a frugal solution!
To begin, fill up a clean jar 1/3 of the way with dried peppermint. If this is the only herb you have, you can make an effective muscle massage oil with just that (and if this is the only herb you use, you can go as much as 1/2 of the way up the jar with it).
However, if you have other dried herbs in your home apothecary, you can take advantage of them and consider adding in some rosemary and eucalyptus like we did (just make sure to leave the top quarter of your jar empty).
Once your dried herbs are added, pour in your body oil. Some nice choices are olive oil (though the aroma may not please everyone), almond oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil and/or jojoba oil. Make sure that your oil covers your herbs by at least a few inches (meaning there was a few inches headspace empty from the top of your jar before you added your oil).
Shake the jar and place in a sunny spot for 2 - 3 weeks (I personally like to shake the jar every few days to further infuse the herbs). If you are concerned about the sun being directly on your oil, you can place the jar in a paper bag to protect it from the rays. When the time is complete, strain your oil through a lightweight cotton cloth and decant into a clean jar (or back into the glass bottle that your oil originally came in if it is empty). Make sure to label your oil with contents and date. You will find our free printable labels for medicinal oil here.
Notes: To make a stronger infusion, place another batch of herbs into the strained oil and repeat the process one more time. You can also add in 10 drops of essential oil to every cup of your medicinal oil for additional potency. Some ideas are wintergreen, camphor bark, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary.
When those muscles start to ache and tense up, massage in this medicinal oil for some therapeutic relaxation and herbal relief.
"...and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
~ Revelations 22:2b
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