So, I’d like to talk a little about how I create the pain-relieving massage oil infusions. Oil infusions are a great way to apply the healing properties of flowers & herbs topically to your body. You can create an infusion with any flower or herb that you like, just make sure you have done the research on the plant you are using to ensure it is safe and non-toxic.
In this case, I use arnica flower for my oil infusions; as arnica is known for its topical, pain-relieving properties. Also, the brilliant yellow color of the arnica flower petals make this oil a beautiful & vibrant, golden color. Here is a step by step of how I create the arnica oil infusion. You can take these instructions & create your own fun oil infusions like lavender, geranium, rosemary and many more! Again, just be sure you have researched and can ensure the plant material you are using is safe & non-toxic.
You will need:
1. clean mason jar with air tight lid
2. dried herbs, flowers or other plant matter you wish to infuse into your oil.
3. a base oil that you prefer. I use sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil or any other gentle, safe, unscented, light weight base oil you choose.
4. something for straining: tea strainer, coffee filter, cheesecloth. any of these things will do great for straining.
ok, onward to the steps:
~Creating an Oil Infusion~
1. fill your jar clean, empty jar with the arnica flower about 3/4 full.
2. pour your base oil into the jar, over the flowers or herbs. you want to leave about 2 1//2 inches from the top of the jar.
3. place your jar in a cool, dark place. i use my hall closet to store my infusions while they are infusing.
4. every day for 4 1/2 weeks time take your mixture out & shake it around vigorously–but careful not to drop your jar! shake it around like that a little bit everyday, this is called ‘agitating the mixture’, it allows for the flowers to release their medicines into the oil where it will absorb those properties.
5. 4.5 weeks later strain your mixture and label it accordingly. from there you can add essential oils into it and leave it like it is! use your oil as a nourishing, hydrating massage oil.
If you have any questions, contact me and we can discuss!