Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Herbal Gift Series #14 - Massage Oil

Making Massage Oil is quick and easy once you've got the ingredients. If you're an herbal enthusiast, you've probably already got them! If you don't use this one now, save is for Valentine's Day.
All we need are:
Base oil - Fractionated Coconut, Jojoba, Apricot Kernal, Avocado, and Sweet Almond are all choices and there are many others. Mostly, you want a nice oil with no scent of its own.
Essential oil - For something that you'll be using over large areas of skin, go with essential oil over synthetics.
Decorative bottles - Hopefully you've got some around, but they are easy to find at craft shops. IF they have corks, you'll want to "line" the cork with plastic wrap (wrap the bottom portion of the cork before inserting it into the bottle). We learned the hard way that corks can sometimes act like a wick.
Handmade labels - Either using your trusty computer and printer OR handwriting them, cover them with wide clear packing tape to make them water and oil proof.

To blend the massage oil, first choose the essential oil or if you're adventurous (or experienced) put together a combination of eo's to make a delightful scent.
For each ounce of base oil, add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil. The amount is often quoted as 10 drops per ounce, but because massage oils are used all over, it can quickly become overwhelming. Keep the amount low.

You'll find over 200 pages of great ideas, recipes, and articles filled with information in The Essential Herbal ~ Under the Sun, available on our website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to purchase Jojoba and Almond base oil. Generally, I used Almond oil.