Once again, it’s that time of year to make arthritic massage oil with natural herbs (Ginger Root, Echinacea Herb, St. John’s Wart, Boswellia, Serrata, Cayenne and Olive Oil). When you combined all of these herbs they’re suppose to help with relieving inflammation, fight pain and help with circulation. I could go out and buy each individual herb, instead, I ordered the mixture of herbs directly from The Bulk Herb Store , to save money and time from having to go into town and shop multiple health food stores.I pullout a wide mouth pint canning jar, fill it up with 2/3 cup of herbs (listed above) and fill the jar with olive oil, leaving 1 inch space from top. Seal the jar with the top and ring, tighten by hand, place a wash cloth in the bottom of my crock pot, place the jar with herbs and oil in the center of the crock pot on the wash cloth. Fill the crock pot with water until the lid to the jar is covered. Place the crock pot lid on and turn your crock pot on to the low setting. This oil and herb mixture must brew in your crock pot for 3 straight days. Remember to check your crock pot continuously throughout the three days to make sure the water level remains over the canning jar lid. If the level has lowered, add water. Do not use cold water when adding water to the crock pot. Add warm water to bring the water level back up to above the lid on the jar.
After the 3 days of solid brewing, turn off the crock pot and unplug from the wall. After letting the crock pot cool down, remove the canning jar. Take off the ring and pop the sealed lid. Be careful, sometimes the jar chips when removing the lid. Now you want to filter the herb oil mixture. Make sure to remove all the herbs from the oil, use a strainer and cheese cloth or even a coffee filter. I filter my oil 2 to 3 times to remove as much of the herbs as possible. Trust me, the person i.e. spouse you’re rubbing this oil on with appreciate a massage without the gritJ .
|When removing the jar, you will notice powder substance |
on the outside of crock pot and jar. Also the lid and ring may have
started to rust (discard the ring and lid after done).
|Filtering oil one more time|
Once totally filtered, jar and label the oil for future use (I also date my oils). The instructions on where to buy and how to brew this herbal massage oil for arthritis can be found here.
*Source: The Bulk Herb Store