Let’s talk about using a wild herb you can harvest yourself to infuse in a massage oil rub for sore achy muscles and joints. Sure, you can use essential oils alone without dried herb or even buy an oil rub already made but making it yourself is so satisfying!
For this project, Wild Herb suggests using the wild herb, Arnica. Arnica is widely known to provide pain relief when applied topically. Whether it’s sore muscles, aching joints or a bruise, Arnica is your best bet. Wild Herb’s second choice is a blend of rosemary and peppermint wild herbs. These two herbs are potent for targeted aches and pains as well.
If you do not have access to foraging for these herbs in the wild, then you will have to buy them already dried. Search online for a reputable wild herb supplier of Arnica or Rosemary and Peppermint herbs. Or, better yet, grow them. Herbs grow fairly easy both indoor and outdoor.
What carrier oil should I use? Our first choice is and always has been Grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is the least greasy carrier oil, and a big plus is that it also has anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is excellent for applying essential oils as well since it also absorbs deeper into the skin than other carrier oils. Second choice would be Avocado oil. It, too, has anti-inflammatory oil but is a bit ‘heavier’ than Grapeseed oil. Either oil is fine!
Let’s get to making this pain relief massage oil rub!
1 cup Grapeseed carrier oil
1/2 cup dried wild herbs
2 to 4 drops Vitamin E oil (optional, but can help extend shelf life of your completed infusion)
- Place the herbs in a clean, sterilized jar.
- Pour the grapeseed oil over the herbs, making sure they are completely submerged.
- Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Shake the jar every few days to help distribute the herbs.
- After 4-6 weeks, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve into a clean bottle. Discard the herbs.
- If desired, add 10 drops of essential oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil.
- Label your bottle and store it in a cool, dark place. The oil will stay good for up to 6 months.
- You can use a combination of herbs to create a custom blend with specific benefits.
- Be sure to test the oil on a small area of skin before using it all over your body.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal products.
Wild Herb hopes you enjoy this information and have fun making your own wild herb infused massage oil.