Each essential oil has its own set of therapeutic properties. This particular blend is great for relieving pain, stress, and anxiety. (Tip: when you have a headache, rub a bit of this oil on your temples, forehead and the back of your neck for relief.)
Frankincense essential oil helps soothe stress and anxiety. It’s also recommended for back and joint pain, so be sure to add some if you can, whether your massage oil is just for relaxation or to help with pain.
Soothing for the skin and the nerves, lavender is the perfect addition to a relaxing massage oil. In addition to its calming and lifting effects on mood, lavender essential oil is also anti-inflammatory.
DIY Herb-Infused Massage Oil
- 1 ½ cups coconut oil or liquid massage oil, like jojoba or almond oil (I use coconut oil because it works so well for massage and doesn’t spill since it’s solid, but if you prefer a liquid oil or have a coconut allergy, these other two options work great as well)
- ¼ cup dried arnica flowers
- ¼ cup dried comfrey leaf
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- Turn your oven on to 200°, then turn it off when it’s fully pre-heated. You want to steep your herbs in a warm environment without cooking them.
- Measure out your herbs and oil into an oven-safe dish, jar or bowl, mix them together and set them in your warmed oven. Let them steep for at least four hours (you may have to heat the coconut oil a bit if it solidifies at the end).
- Using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the infused oil into a glass jar that will allow you to easily dip out your massage oil (if using coconut oil), or a squeeze bottle if using liquid oil. Discard or compost the spent herbs.
- Add the essential oils to the mixture and stir to combine. With a pretty label and jar, this infused massage oil makes a great gift!