Moisturizing Body Oils
Treat yourself or someone you love to herb-infused body oil.
This recipe, created by Michael Blake of the all-natural You Be Healthy (ubhusa.com), infuses herbs in a moisturizing base oil for a healing potion that can be used as a wonderful beauty product. Try combining herbs for a more synergistic effect. The following varieties are particularly beneficial for the skin.
Yarrow: This plant has a long history as a powerful healing herb used topically for wounds, cuts, and abrasions. The botanical name is achillea millafolium and is named after the Greek hero Achilles, who would heal his wounds with it according to legend. Anti-inflammatory Yarrow is used for the treatment of wounds and sores because of its astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of the content of Azulene, Yarrow oil is used for skin-care purposes in the treatment of acne, eczema, and inflammation, to minimize varicose veins, and to reduce scars. Plantain: Effective at cooling burns and sunburns, plantain also has astringent properties and can help stop bleeding from minor wounds and cuts. It helps ease the effects of bites, stings, and rashes from Stinging Nettle; and aids in poison ivy itch-relief.
Dandelion: Long used to treat warts, dandelion also is effective at treating acne, and age spots.
Calendula Flower: These flowers contain antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that promote healing. Calendula is used topically to treat acne, reduce inflammation, control bleeding and sooth irritated tissue.
Burdock Root: Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is popular in Europe as a scalp treatment applied to improve hair strength, shine, and body, help reverse scalp conditions such as dandruff, and combat hair loss.
Yellow Dock Root: This root enhances bile production to break down fatty foods, improves the flow of bile and other digestive juices, acts as a mild diuretic and laxative to help flush out toxins, provides iron and promotes its absorption for optimal blood health, supports the bladder, kidney, and liver function, and helps reduce bowel inflammation and irritation.
Sage: Native to the Mediterranean, sage has been valued for centuries for its culinary and medicinal qualities. In fact, its name is derived from the Latin word meaning "to heal." A member of the mint family, its silvery-grayish-green leaves have a spicy, somewhat bitter flavor.
Comfrey Comfrey: This powerful herb is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, ranging from bronchial problems, broken bones, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe burns, acne, and other skin conditions.
- 4 cups jojoba seed or avocado seed oil
- 1 pound dried herbs, flowers, or leaves, such as yarrow flowers, plantain leaves, or dandelion leaves
- 6-cup casserole dish with a lid
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Large heatproof glass measuring cup
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon organic essential oil of lavender flowers, clary sage flowers, rosemary stems, or grapefruit peel
- Three 4-ounce bottles
Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
Place base oil and herbs in casserole dish; stir until herbs are submerged. Cover and transfer casserole to oven for 4 to 8 hours, stirring every hour to ensure that herbs do not burn.
Set a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth over a large heatproof glass measuring cup. Strain herb mixture into measuring cup, squeezing cheesecloth to remove liquid; discard solids.
Clean casserole dish and dry completely. Pour strained liquid into casserole dish and stir in essential oil. Cover and let stand 24 hours. If fragrance is not strong enough, add another teaspoon of essential oil; let stand, covered, 8 hours more.
Using a funnel, divide liquid evenly between three 4-ounce bottles and cover.