Pine Massage Oil
Pine for Invigorating Massage & Relaxation
When you think of earthy green smells, pine is right up there with freshly cut grass – but its worth goes far beyond mere scent. Pine needles from evergreens of all sorts including white pine, cedar and arbor vitae contain naturally occurring oils that are antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic according to renowned herbalist Susun Weed. Infused pine oil is very easy to make and blows Vicks Vapor Rub out of the water when used as a massage oil when you’re under the weather.
On a dry day, harvest enough pine needles to fill a glass jar in the size of your choosing (I use a 20-oz mason jar, because I go through infused pine oil fast!). When you get home, cut the needles into small pieces with scissors and place them into the jar, leaving a few inches of space at the top. Pour olive oil over the pine needles, all the way to the top of the jar, screw on the lid and let it steep for 4 weeks. Open the lid twice a day for the first two days and stir it gently with a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon to allow air bubbles to escape. Then, strain the oil through cheesecloth into smaller dark-colored bottles using a funnel.
Pine is often used as an invigorating massage oil and is especially valued as a chest rub for colds and bronchitis, and a breast massage oil for painful lumps and tumors. It’s also highly relaxing, wonderful for unwinding after a long day.
Source: http://eco-chick.com/2010/05/5841/pine- ... ty-health/
Tea Bag Infusion Method
If you like DIY bedroom projects, and have a few days to spare, try the slacker's version of an oil infusion and make your own naturally scented massage oil.
Combine 1/2 a cup of light, unscented vegetable oil and 2 tea bags in a mason jar or any glass jar. Cover tightly and leave in a sunny spot (good luck finding one in the winter) for a few days. When you're read to get to rubbin', remove the bags. And perhaps pour the oil into classier container. Perhaps.
Be sure to pick a less greasy, better quality oil for massage. That means no olive oil ...unless smelling like a fine quality pasta salad really does it for you. Good quality grapeseed or almond oils are safe choices. This is also the time to break out the fancy teas: blends featuring vanilla, lavender, and fruity tones will be much more rewarding than basic Lipton's ...again, unless you're into that.
Source: http://indecentxposure.com/grind/7462bf ... 9adb39c58/
[will be posting more massage oil recipes later! --Kassandra]