This incredibly simple recipe for a rosemary and ginger infused oil is a fantastic topical home remedy for muscle aches, inflamed joints, sciatica/neuralgia, poor circulation, and cold hands and feet. Please note - though the active prep time is 10 minutes, you need to allow time for the herbs to dry before you start the recipe, and 2-3 weeks for the oil to infuse.
250mlcarrier oil of your choiceextra virgin olive oil, almond, fractionated coconut oil, raw sesame oil
essential oils of your choiceoptional, see notes
Slice ginger into really thin pieces, arrange on a dehydrator tray with rosemary sprigs, and dehydrate at a maximum temperature of 40˚C / 104˚F, until dry (exact time will vary depending on the season, 24 hours is a good starting point).
Fill a glass jar with dried plant material, then pour the oil over the top, right to the very top so there is no space for any air to get in.
Gently tap the jar on a hard surface to remove any bubbles, then cap the lid. Let it infuse like this for 2-3 weeks on a sunny windowsill.
After this time, strain the oil into a new jar – preferably dark coloured (amber or blue),and store in a dark, cool place.
To use, massage into your hands and feet to boost circulation and ease pain/inflammation as needed. You can decant a tablespoon of oil into a small dish and add essential oil if you’d like to incorporate them, I suggest 4 drops per 15ml application.
It is important to have dry plant material when making infused oils so that they don’t ferment.
Essential oils to complement the herbs include rosemary, ginger, black pepper, frankincense, lavender.