When you come in for a massage, unless you request no oils, I will be using my own blend of infused oils typically from plants in my medicinal garden. Sometimes I will source lovely herbs to use in my blends if they do not grow in my area. When I source these plants, they are from reliable and ethical sources, and either ethically wild-crafted or organic. Here are some of my recent creations and the plants that lend their healing properties to them.
Muscle and Nerve Oil : This is a complex blend of plants that are meant to target the muscles, tendons and nerves. Many of these plants are considered analgesic and can help with circulation by providing a hot and cold feeling. In this blend I wanted herbs that would also be firming and healing to the skin, but also something that will stimulate the lymphatic system. Since I use a lot of herbs in this blend it is hard to produce, and a little goes a long way. Here are the ingredients for this herbal oil.
Local Almond and Organic Grapeseed oil infused with Lavender flowers, Blue Vervain, White Willow, Oak bark, Marshmallow root, Kava Kava, Passionflower, Poppy seed, St Johns Wort, Peppermint, Ginkgo, Butchers broom, Fenugreek, Lemon Balm and Ginger.
Healing oil : This is two herbs I grow, harvest and patiently dry out before using. It is a simple blend using comfrey for its tendon and bone healing qualities and calendula for its benefits on the skin. I infused these two herbs into Organic Avocado and Organic Grapeseed oil. Often I will add a lavender essential oil to this to add additional skin healing potential.
Root oil : Containing organic roots and rhizomes, this is a gently warming blend of plants that you do not often see used in the western world. Galangal, Solomons seal and Calamus Root are infused into an organic MCT (coconut derived) oil. Galangal a culinary plant that is known to help with scarring and burns, helps with muscle and joint aches and helps boost the body's production of collagen also is said to help decrease wrinkles when applied topically. This is the main ingredient in the root oil. I add Solomons seal as it is known to help with connective tissue repair particularly the tendons and ligaments. Calamus is used topically for wound healing and is also said to increase collagen production in the body. All of these herbs and plants are ones that you can consume, in fact they are eaten all over the world, so they are a safe bet when it comes to using them topically.