About My Oils

Lavender and white pine infused in grapeseed and olive oils.

For years, I have used only the best quality grape seed oil or olive oil as my medium for massages.  I’ve found that both provide wonderful glide without feeling greasy, absorb into and nourish the skin very nicely, and are easily found without having to special order.  Plus, I’ve never had to worry about my clients experiencing allergic reactions to either oil. Since these oils are food-grade, I feel good about what I’m putting on my clients, because these are healthy, easily digestible oils, as safe to put on the body as into the body.

In my path to becoming an herbalist, I am now experimenting with infusing herbs into my oils, resulting in a new level of experience for the senses.  The process involves introducing plant matter into the oil, letting it steep for a period of time, and then straining it out, the result of which is a new way of bringing herbs into the therapeutic process.

The process takes time and patience, but as I am bottling up my very first batch of oil –a beautiful spring lavender– I believe it’s completely worth the effort.  I’ll be working on new oils as the summer progresses, in small batches so that I can not only closely monitor the quality of each jar of oil, but also harvest responsibly; all of my oil infusions will be made from home-cultivated herbs, or locally wild-crafted plants, ethically harvested.  White pine is in the making; what will be next?  The honeysuckle is certainly intoxicating right now…

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2 thoughts on “About My Oils

  1. I love working with my own oils. I have worked with the lavender oil, I have an Ayurvedic background, so I find I use mustard oil,bala or basil/cinnamon often. I have heard of, and read a little on the white pine, but what are the properties of the white pine?

    1. White pine is astringent and analgesic, so it tightens and tones tissues and would be good in a salve for wounds (the base of which would be the infused oil). Its analgesic qualities are wonderful for soothing tired, achy muscles. White pine is also highly antiseptic and antibacterial, so it’s great for people who are feeling under the weather. Of course, while in the midst of battling a cold I wouldn’t recommend receiving bodywork, but in that case I would be more inclined to send a client home with a small bottle of oil to use as a rub, or suggest stewing pine needles to use in a bath.

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