If you’re looking for a quick win DIY project this week, this is it. It comes together in a flash, requires a bit of steeping time, and then you’re the proud owner of a bottle of healing, herb-spiked massage oil.

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The oil base is a blend of gentle olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) and healing tamanu oil with an added dose of extra Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada). These oils don’t absorb into the skin too quickly, so they’ll sit on the skin long enough for a nice massage, but won’t leave the masage-ee feeling like an oil slick.

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I’ve chosen some great healing, soothing herbs for the herbal infusion. Calendula is a fantastic healing herb, while chamomile is a classic for calming and relaxation. Arnica is anti-inflammatory and stimulates circulation, and comfrey combats inflammation and encourages healing.

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All in all, making this massage oil is a bit like making a slightly fussy cup of tea. It’s super simple, wonderfully quick, and yields great results. Give it a go!

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Healing Herb Infused Massage Oil

35g olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
10g tamanu oil
2g Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)

1 tsp calendula petals
1 tsp chamomile flowers
1 tsp arnica flowers
1 tsp comfrey flowers

Weigh the olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada), tamanu oil, and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) out into a small glass measuring cup.

Spoon the herbs into an empty tea bag and tie it shut. Place the bag in the measuring cup of oils, taking care to tie back the string so you can retrieve the bag.

Place the glass measuring cup in a pan of simmering water and infuse for 40 minutes, ensuring the pan doesn’t boil dry.

Once the infusion is done, remove the tea bag, pressing it to squeeze out as much oil as possible.

Using a funnel, transfer the oil to a 50mL/1.5oz bottle.

To use, apply some oil to bare skin and massage in. Enjoy!

This is a great project for re-using sample sized liquor bottles—this one came with St. Germain in it!