From My Apothecary Cabinet: Ginger & Lavender Oil

I just finished my online class, Apothecary: Beginners Guide To Crafting Herbal Medicine. I must say that not only have learned so many things, but quite a few of the remedies I learned about have been extremely beneficial to both my husband and myself.

Today I am making my third batch a massage oil that contains three simple ingredients… ginger, lavender and apricot oil. This massage oil helps to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and ease muscle tension caused by stress. I will share that I’ve been using this massage oil on my husband’s knees (arthritic pain) and his back (muscle tension) over the last 6 weeks. He has shared that it has helped, and he is no longer using IcyHot. For me personally, I have an ankle injury and it has helped reduce the throbbing pain. Please note that while this massage oil has helped us, it may not provide the same results for you but it’s definitely worth trying.

Benefits of using ginger and lavender have one thing in common, they both have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which means it reduces swelling. That may be especially helpful for treating symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. You might get relief from pain and swelling either by taking ginger by mouth or by using a ginger compress or patch on your skin. Ginger won’t whisk away muscle pain on the spot, but it may tame soreness over time. In some studies, people with muscle aches from exercise who took ginger had less pain the next day than those who didn’t.


Lavender is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the best variety to use for healing and aromatherapy, as the hybrid oils are much higher in camphor, and are more stimulating than calming. Lavender essential oil has been a prominent and important part of history, bringing clarity, peace of mind, emotional balance as well as healing and overall wellness to the body. Lavender is one of the most versatile essentials oils.

Lavender Essentials of Vermont

For the massage oil….

1/4 of fresh ginger grated or finely chopped ( grated it for the first 2 batches and finely chopped for the 3rd batch)

1/2 cup of Apricot oil ( I use the 4 oz bottle of Now Apricot Oil )

10 drops of Lavender essential oil ( I use Cliganic Organic Lavender Essential Oil )

Add the freshly grated or chopped ginger and apricot oil into a jar and let it set for 24 hours. Using cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer, strain the oil completely. Add the lavender essential oil and stir. You will the store in a jar or a bottle of choice. The water in the fresh ginger will cause this mixture to eventually spoil, so for best results, store in the refrigerator and use within 1 to 2 weeks. I’ve been using mine up in 2 weeks.

Thank you for letting me share my herbal remedies adventures with you !

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