An easy way to power up the restorative properties of your aromatherapy recipes is to use herbal oils.
You can either make them yourself or buy them already made.
Here's some easy instructions for making your own herbal aromatherapy carrier oil, followed by a few popular herbal oils and some notes on what makes them so great.
Scroll down the page to browse through the oils or use the links below to jump to a particular oil. You can also see which aromatherapy carrier oils are best for your skin and hair type.
Mix 1 part dried herbs with 2 parts oil in a container.
Leave the mixture in a warm place for two or three weeks. The longer the herbs are left in the aromatherapy carrier oil, the stronger it will be. (Mountain Rose infuses their herbs in olive oil for over 3 months.)
Strain out the herbs and store your herbal oil in a cool, dark place.
Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite suppliers because they're ethical and sustainable, with lots of quality choices at good prices. Here's some quick links for buying carrier and herbal oils.
They also carry a wide selection of organic dried flowers and herbs. The possibilities are endless!
Used to ease physical trauma, sprains, bruising and other injuries. Takes several hours to work in support of strains and bruises.
Prevents, relieves and reduces swelling, bruises and pain.
Helps speed healing.
Absorbs quickly into skin.
Not suitable for internal use. Do not apply to open wounds.
Good shelf life (six months to a year.) Refrigerate after opening.
One of the most effective topical oils. Gentle, cooling and soothing.
Soothes dry, damaged and inflamed skin, rashes (including diaper rash) and other skin problems.
Used to disinfect minor wounds. Good for treating slow-healing cuts and people with compromised immune systems.
Stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to minimize scarring.
Suitable for sensitive skin (including babies.)
Used for centuries for alleviating general wounds, bruises and for speeding the growth of new skin cells.
Aids the break down of red blood cells, which helps heal bruises, and promotes the growth of muscle, cartilage, and bone.
Effective in relieving eczema, dermatitis, viral skin infections and skin ulcerations.
Do not use on dirty or open cuts or wounds. Do not use when pregnant or nursing. Do not take internally.
An aromatic, refreshing, versatile oil with a wide range of uses.
Known to be antioxidant, antiseptic and antispasmodic.
Excellent for scalp problems like damaged hair, dandruff and itchiness. Especially effective used as a hot-oil treatment.
Traditionally used as a pain relief rub for muscle pain, cramps, spasms, gout, arthritis, rheumatism and headaches, as well as strains, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Anti-inflammatory. Helps speed the healing of wounds, bruises, varicose veins, sunburns, bee stings and mild burns.
Considered sedative, astringent and anti-depressant (taken internally as a capsule or tincture for depression.)
Often used as a breast massage oil after cancer radiation treatments.
St. John's Wort infused oil used in salves and lotions is made only from fresh material.
So now that you know which herbal oils you want to try, what next?
Which essential oils do you mix them with? How do you know what to choose or how much to use?
What about safety?
Luckily, I have the answers for you! I wrote an eBook called 6 Secrets for Mixing Essential Oils, which teaches you how to classify essential oils into categories so you know what to blend together to create delicious, restoring scents. It also gives you safety information for 34 of the most popular essential oils. And lots more!
Click the link to learn how to mix essential oils.
Browse these recipes for ideas to change up the herbal oils: