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Making Your Own Herbal & Essential Oil Products

Posted Mar 31 2012 10:02pm

Making your own products with herbs you have either wild harvested or purchased, or essential oils, is a fun and rewarding experience. It ensures the purity of the product. There are many things you can create from body care to vinegar. Here are a few recipes to play with. Always write down your experiments as you go, that way when something turns out really great you can duplicate it! Have fun! 


Bath Salts

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oils such as lavender, pine, eucalyptus, ylang ylang, rosemary
  • (Avoid citrus blends as they sting in the bath) 

Mix up and store in a container. Use as much as you like in the tub. I often use the entire batch. Soak for about 20 minutes in very warm water and rest at least 30 minutes after soaking. 

Body Scrubs

Body scrubs are a very healthy practice. Removing dead skin cells and residue allows the skin to breathe and release toxins. Making your own product ensures you are not putting chemicals on your skin which absorbs everything. Eek! The best way to do a healthy spa treatments to do a scrub and then take a bath with epsom salts and essential oils.  

  • 1 cup sea salt or sugar
  • 2 tbls coconut oil
  • 8 drops of essential oil of choice

Combine well and use on dry skin, standing on a towel in the tub or shower. Please be cautious as the oils will make the tub slippery. 


Lip Balm

As I stated above, making your own products ensures a pure product. This recipe nourishes the delicate lip tissue as it moisturizes.

  • 1 1/2 tbls almond oil
  • 1 tbls beeswax
  • 1 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa butter
  • 8 drops essential oil of choice, lavender, grapefruit, clove, peppermint, etc
  • 1 vit e capsule

Melt oils in a double boiler, let cool slightly and add the essential oils and vit e capsule. Pour into a small container or lip balm tube. (Please see resources)


Body Butter

  • 2 tbls shea butter
  • 2 tbls cocoa butter
  • 2 tbls olive oil (You can also use herbal infused oil here too!)
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice, lavender, orange, grapefruit, ylang ylang etc
  • 1 vit e capsule

Melt the oils in a double boiler, let cool slightly and add the essential oils and vit e capsule. Stir well. Store in a container with lid. 


Mountain Rose carries herbal supplies and containers. Check out the website:  

Arthritis Herbal Oil

  • 1 tbls rosemary, crushed
  • 3 tsp celery seed, crushed
  • 1 tbls chili pepper seeds

Add to glass jar and cover with 1 cup olive oil. Let steep in a warm place for 10 days. Strain and bottle. Use as needed on effected joints. 



Cough Tea Infusion

  • 1 cup thyme
  • 1/2 cup plantain
  • 1/4 cup mullein leaf

Mix dried herbs together and use 1 teaspoon herb to 1 cup water. Boil water and sprinkle herbs in. Turn off heat and steep for 5 minutes.

Menopausal Tincture Blend

  • 1/2 cup chaste berry
  • 1/2 cup dong quai
  • 1/2 cup wild yam
  • 1/4 cup hops
  • 1/4 cup valarian
  • 1/4 cup passion flower
  • 1/4 cup dandelion root
  • 1/4 cup uva ursi
  • 1/4 cup corn silk
  • 1/4 cup juniper berries

Add all herbs to a glass jar and cover completely with 60 proof alcohol such as vodka. Leave for 6 weeks, shaking daily. Strain and bottle in a dark jar. Use a 1/2 -1 teaspoon as needed.

Infused Vinegars

Stuff a jar full of herbs of choice. Pour 16 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar to cover herbs. Use a non metallic lid. Let sit for 4-6 weeks in a pantry. Strain and bottle. Store in the fridge. 

Here are some awesome blends to try:

  • 1 part tarragon to 2 parts lemon balm
  • 1 part basil to 2 parts salad burnet
  • 1 part each tarragon, basil, chives to 2 parts each lemon thyme, salad burnet and 1 clove garlic

 Sweet Anise Salad

  • 3 red apples, diced
  • 3 tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave or honey
  • 6 ounces anise stalks, sliced
  • 2 bananas. sliced
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup veganase or cashew cream (1/2 cup cashews blended with 1/2 cup water)
  • lettuce leaves
  • Garnish with parsley


Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Tarragon Syrup

  • 1 cantaloupe, inside flesh
  • 1/4 cup coconut or non dairy yogurt
  • 2 tbls honey or agave
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch salt

Blend in blender until smooth. Chill an hour.


Tarragon Syrup

  • 3/4 cup honey or agave
  • 4 sprigs tarragon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Heat honey and lemon juice, add tarragon and simmer on very low for 10 minutes. Remove tarragon. Drizzle on soup mixture to serve.


Have fun creating your own blends!

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC  


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