How to make an herbal massage oil

My husband and I recently started working on a at home massage video series for our date nights when we can’t find a baby sitter. (And it’s on sale from February 1st-14th 2016 if you are interested in learning some great techniques to just melt those sore muscles)

In fact, this recipe was going to go in my post about the massage, but I just got carried away with talking about it that I thought this massage oil recipe needed it’s own post.

This is the PERFECT oil to help soothe those sore muscle. The herbs and essential oils work well to make a light oil, perfect for at home massages.

I love working with herbs and essential oils. I have learned that the combination, in most cases, are super effective at what you want them to do.

This herbal massage oil is no exception. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients but it works and it works well.

We have been using arnica for sore muscles for years now and it really does take away a lot of those aches and pains.

I have also learned to love lavender essential oil. It helps the arnica with the sore muscles but it also helps relax the muscles so it is easier to massage  the oil in. The perfect combination, in my opinion.

For the oil, I like to use sweet almond oil because it is a lighter oil, it won’t leave the skin feeling like it has a slick coat of oil that is difficult to wipe off. If you are not a fan of sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil is another option to keep it light feeling on the skin.

This is the PERFECT oil to help soothe those sore muscle. The herbs and essential oils work well to make a light oil, perfect for at home massages.

How to make an herbal massage oil:

What you will need:

  • four ounces dried arnica
  • sweet almond oil
  • lavender essential oil

How to:

  • Place four ounces of dried arnica in a jar and cover with sweet almond oil (you want a nice, light oil)
  • Place jar in a pan of add water to the pan so it goes half way up the jar
  • Bring to a simmer and let it go for about 30 minutes
  • Strain and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Bottle and use for massages

See? This is so easy to make. If you’re not a fan of lavender, try a different oils. Play around with them. There is no reason to keep this set in stone.

You can also use this as a base oil to make a salve that will last a bit longer when worked into the muscles. Salves are a nice alternative when you have an injury to a small muscle area. (And really all the extra you will need to turn this oil into a salve is some beeswax)

I love simple remedies that work for their intended purposes. You don’t need to make them complicated.

What’s your favorite remedy for sore muscles? 


This post is linked at Nourishing Joy for Thank Goodness It’s Monday, Our Simple Life Blog Hop and Home Grown and Healthy for Mostly Homemade Mondays.


*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. says

    What a wonderful post! I have just recently gotten into essential oils, and so far, my favorites are frankincense and Thieves. There is SO much to learn! It was wonderful to meet you today. I am your neighbor at Tracy’s link-up. God bless you and your family!

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