Summertime activities like hiking, gardening, and camping often result in sore muscles, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, sprains, sunburns, and other discomforts. Luckily, you can treat yourself to homemade herbal remedies straight from your garden! These simple recipes can turn classic herbs into medicinal preparations that soothe, heal, and rejuvenate.
Aloe vera, lavender and peppermint sunburn spray
Aloe Vera and Lavender offer immediate relief, shorten healing times, and are soothing while Peppermint is cooling and refreshing.
- 4 oz organic aloe vera gel
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 2-5 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients, pour into a 4 ounce spray bottle, and apply to the skin as often as desired. Store in refrigerator to increase its cooling effect upon the skin.
Herbal massage oil
This botanical-infused goodness accelerates healing times and soothes aching muscles, sprains, and areas that are inflamed or swollen.
- 4 oz herbal infused oil - choose one or a combination: calendula, chamomile, or lavender
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops juniper berry essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. Massage into sore and tender muscles. If in a pinch, organic extra-virgin olive oil may be substituted for the herbal infused oil oils, but it will not have quite the same medicinal effects.
Calendula, Lavender and Shea butter balm
A soothing and healing balm. Rub into sore muscles or apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, chapped skin, and other skin irritations.
- 3 oz calendula flower infused herbal oil
- 1 oz shea Butter
- 1/2 oz beeswax
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
Melt beeswax, shea butter, and calendula oil over a double boiler until melted, then remove from burner and mix in the lavender oil. Quickly pour into tins or glass jars and allow to cool thoroughly before using or capping jar.
Herbal Foot Soak
Soak those tired “dogs” with this rejuvenating and therapeutic blend of salt and herbs fresh from your garden.
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Sprigs of fresh chamomile flowers, eucalyptus leaves, lavender flowers, peppermint leaves, rosemary, thyme, or oregano. If fresh herbs are unavailable, substitute with dried herbs or a few drops of essential oil.
Boil water and pour over herbs, then add salt and olive oil. Once the water has cooled to a comfortable temperature, soak feet for as long as desired. For an even more luxurious experience, place a few smooth stones into the bottom and gently roll your feet over the stones to naturally massage and relax them.