Home Remedies Recipes


Lavender Massage Oil

It’s quick and easy to make lavender massage oil by just adding the essential oil to a “fixed oil.” But for greater medicinal benefit, add lavender flowers as well.

You'll need:

  • 1½ ounces dried lavender buds
  • 4 ounces vegetable, nut, or seed oil (apricot kernel, almond, grapeseed, or a combination)
  • 5–10 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Place the lavender buds in a wide-mouthed glass quart jar.
  2. Pour the oil over the buds, put on the lid, and let sit in a warm, sunny spot for 2 to 3 weeks. (Alternatively, you can hasten the process by gently warming the oil and buds in a double boiler for 45 minutes to 1 hour.)
  3. Strain the buds from the oil and add the essential oil drop by drop, until the scent is to your liking.
  4.  Bottle and store in a cool spot out of direct sunlight, where the oil will keep for at least 6 months.

To use:
 Keep a small bottle by your bedside to use for evening massages and a small bottle in your bathing area for a calming massage and/or body oil after a hot bath.

From Rosemary Gladstar used with permission from Storey Publishing.


Spearmint Shower Gel

10 Minutes Prep Time  |  Makes 1 Cup 

You'll Need:

  • 5 to 8 drops wintergreen essential oil
  • 5 to 8 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 1 c unscented shower gel or liquid soap


  1. Thoroughly mix ingredients in a large bowl. Store in large clean jar with a tight-fitting lid or-a clean plastic container.

To use: Wash with a dab on a washcloth or loofah. Rinse thoroughly.

By: Letitia L. Star