MUGWORT + GINGER MASSAGE OIL
Photo credit: Caydie McCumber
This healing massage oil is warming, penetrating and heating. The combined heat of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale), is soothing and helps to release congestion in the body. When used externally, the oil will encourage circulation and ease cramping.
Mugwort + Ginger Massage Oil is pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and it enhances blood circulation. Though women might use it as a womb oil for menstrual cramps, men can benefit from it too. The oil can be used on sore muscles, stiff necks or anywhere that it might be useful. It helps with sprains, muscle-pulls, strains and inflammation. It can be rubbed in one area or on the whole body. When using as a belly rub, massage in a sunwise (clockwise) direction.
Because Mugwort and Ginger can stir up blood in the pelvis, this oil is NOT recommended for pregnant women.
This recipe is from herbalist Robin Rose Bennett. Ingredients and instructions on how to prepare the oil can be found below.
- Glass jar with tight-fitting lid (a large mason jar works great)
- 1 ½ cups dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) leaves and stalks. If using fresh herb, 2 ½-3 cups is needed.**
- 1 cup fresh organic ginger root
- 1 quart organic plant oil (olive, sunflower, jojoba or almond for example)
- Crockpot (if taking the step 4 approach)
** Note: It’s best to make this oil with mature summer or autumn Artemisia, ideally gathered when in flower, but it’s ok if not.
- Crumble and chop the mugwort leaves, flowers and stalks, and grate the ginger
- Place the herbs into a glass jar and cover them with plant oil of choice
- Stir the herbs and oil with a sanitized stainless steel spoon or an unused wooden chopstick
If the weather is warm:
- Place the jar in a paper bag and set it out in the warm sun for 2 weeks. Stir the mixture (or shake the jar) every day as the herb and oil will want to separate.
If the weather is cool, or time is of the essence:
- Place the jar in a warm-water bath in a crockpot on a ‘Keep Warm’ setting. Do NOT use Low or High settings as they are too hot and will compromise the integrity of the herbal oil and burn the herbs. The temperature should be between 110 and 120 degrees. Keep it in the warm water bath for 5-7 days, adding water to keep the level to the top of the crockpot.
- Strain the oil through a muslin cloth and put the spent herb in the compost
- Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours so the sediment sinks to the bottom
- Decant into a glass bottle, leaving the sediment behind
- Add Vitamin E to the herbal oil (1-3 ml per every 1 cup of oil) to help extend the shelf-life
- Keep the bottled oil refrigerated (I like to fill a 2 oz dropper bottle for regular use and store the remaining oil in the refrigerator)
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are a sharing of knowledge from s/he to you. This information is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and wellness decisions based upon your own research. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using.