Make Your Own Massage Oil for Sore Muscles Arthritis and Gout

Edited by Nuance, Alma, VC

Whether it's rheumatism, arthritis, gout, sciatica or strained muscles, when you're in pain, you need to do something about it. Of course you can go out and purchase massage oils, even herbal ones, but they quickly become very expensive. Why not make it yourself?

Make your own warming massage oil to help treat all manner of aching joints & muscles.

All About Massage Oils

Calm After The Storm

  • Shadows surround pain
    • Loving hands illuminate
      • Cerulean skies

Why Massage Oil?

You know, there is something quite wonderful about making the massage oil yourself. Not only is it fun to make, but the love and care you put into anything you make for yourself, or your family, is made more potent by that love. Growing the herbs yourself is even better. It's like you put some magic into what you are making, and that is something you can't get from anywhere else.

Massage oils are designed to allow hands to move easily over the body. When you are in pain, your body is stressed. Loving hands rubbing a medicinal massage oil into your aching joints and muscles, is abundantly healing. When it's someone who cares about you giving you the massage, their hands will transfer that love into your body. Energy transference. If there are no hands available, and they belong to you, the love you should have for yourself will perform the same magic.

The art of oil massages has been around for thousands of years. Adding a warming element to the oil can soothe aching muscles, sprains, stiff joints and so much more. It's not only beautifully relaxing, more importantly - it's healing. The motion of hands - sliding over the skin, is nearly hypnotic. Of course, there are added benefits if you are trading massages with your partner, as we all know where a good massage can easily lead.

Ailments to Treat With Warming Massage Oil

A list of possible ailments followed by the herbs in this recipe that work on that condition. WARNING - for external use only!

Fresh Thyme, Lavender, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Celery Seeds waiting for the grapeseed oil to heat.
    • Cayenne and Celery Seeds.
  • GOUT.
    • Cayenne and Celery Seeds.
    • Lavender and Celery Seeds.
    • Cayenne.
    • Lavender (Massage into temples).
    • Celery Seeds.
    • Celery Seeds.
    • Cayenne, Celery Seeds, Cinnamon and Thyme.
    • Thyme, Lavender.

This massage oil will also help to remove toxins from the body. If you are prone to cold feet (not the afraid of marriage kind of cold feet), a foot massage with this oil will warm up your feet nicely.

The Process of Making a Warming Herbal Massage Oil

Try to take your time with this. Working with herbs, is really distressing in itself. Put on some nice music, turn off distractions, and enjoy the process.

All the things you'll need to make your very own warming massage oil.

What You'll Need

  • Chocolate fondue
  • 1 cup Grapeseed oil (alternatively you can use almond oil)
  • Funnel
  • Non-metallic strainer
  • Wooden stir stick (chopstick)
  • Mortar & Pestle
  • Clean glass bottle with a lid
Adding the Cayenne to the heated grapeseed oil.

Herbal Ingredients

  • 3 tsp Lavender flowers (L. Lavendula Officinalis)
  • 1 tsp Cayenne powder (L.Capsicum frutescent)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder (L.Cinnomomum spp.)
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg powder (L.Myristica fragrans)
  • 1 tsp Celery ground seeds (L.Apium graveolens)
  • 1 tsp dried Thyme or a small handful of fresh sprigs (Thymus vulgarus)
Heat over a candle for half an hour.


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    Heat the grapeseed oil in the chocolate fondue.
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    When it's warm, add the herbs one by one.
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    With the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick, stir occasionally.
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    You'll notice tiny bubbles. When you see this, take the bowl off the heat for a few minutes. You do not want this to actually boil.
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    After half an hour, your grapeseed oil should be transformed to a wonderful warming massage oil. Put the funnel into the mouth of the bottle. Hold the strainer over the funnel, and pour the contents of the fondue slowly into the strainer. As the power is fine, you might want to strain through cheesecloth or use a jelly bag.
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Create a Little Ambience

  • Turn off your TV and other electronic devices.
  • Dim the lights or light candles (in safe places).
  • Put on soothing music (classical or environmental).
  • Make sure the person getting the massage is comfortable.
  • Have a sheet to cover the body that isn't being worked on.

Tips and Warnings

Herbal Warnings

It's important you know how herbs react with, what their dangers are, and how to safely work with them.

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    No external warnings.
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    People with sensitive skin can find cayenne harsh on their skin. Put some oil on a patch of skin, and leave on for half an hour to make sure you aren't one of those people. Even if you aren't, don't leave it on your skin for too long. Avoid touching your eyes, or other sensitive areas when you have cayenne on your hands.
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    Don't use cinnamon when you have a fever.
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    Most cautions associated with nutmeg are about ingesting it. Suffice it to say - two nutmegs can kill a grown man.
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    Celery Seeds
    No external warnings.
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    No external warnings.
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General Tips & Warnings

  • Always choose ORGANIC herbs. Whether ingested or applied externally, you don't want to add chemical toxins to your massage oil.
  • DO A PATCH TEST. Put some oily on a small area, and wait for a half an hour to see whether or not you, or whoever is getting the massage is sensitive or allergic to the oil.
  • DO NOT apply to broken skin, scrapes or abrasions.
  • Don't massage any areas that are inflamed. Gently work the oil into those areas, without aggression.
  • The Chocolate fondue works so much better than using heat from a stove.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Recent edits by: Alma, Nuance

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