Herbal Massage Oil
VN, GF, SF
1 part chamomile flowers
2 parts rose petals
1 part comfrey leaf
1 part lavender flowers
1 part calendula flowers
Apricot, almond, or grapeseed oil
Essential oil of choice (optional)
1. Mix herbs. Place 1 - 2 ounces of herb mixture in a one pint wide-mouthed jar and fill with apricot, almond or grapeseed oil (or a combination of these oils). Be certain the herbs are completely covered by the oil. Cover with a lid.
2. Let sit in a warm place for two weeks, shaking the mixture every day. Or you can slowly heat the mixture in a double boiler (do not overheat or you will burn the oil) and keep at a low simmer for 30 - 35 minutes.
3. Strain herbs from the oil. Use a fine sieve with a piece of cheesecloth placed in it so that no herb particles remain in the strained oil. To enhance the scent of your herbal oil, carefully add a few drops of essential oil and mix well.
Source: "Herbs for Natural Beauty" by Rosemary Gladstar
This massage oil is specifically formulated for dry skin. However, based on the ingredient descriptions in Rosemary Gladstar's book, I believe it can work for most skin types.
Rosemary suggests refrigerating home-made massage oil to keep it fresh. You may want to bring it back to room temperature before using, or keep a small amount at room temperature if you use it several times a week.
"This recipe is very easy to make and smells wonderful in the double boiler. I chose cold pressed grapeseed oil because it is light and odourless. Comfrey leaves were not available at my local health food store so I added an extra part of rose petals. I used 1/4 cup as my "one part" measurement and found the total herb mixture was perfectly covered by my 500 ml bottle of grapeseed oil. After straining the herbs I simply put the massage oil back into the empty grapeseed oil bottle.
Once strained, the scent of this oil is subtle but can stand on its own. I did not add any essential oils though a few drops would certainly enhance the final product. Lavender would be a good choice for a relaxing massage. Rose would also be relaxing and would create a lovely romantic scent if that's what you're going for. Undiluted rose oil known as rose absolute is wonderful but pricey. Diluted rose oils are less expensive."
Robin Russell, Tester
Recipe published: Winter, 2008
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