Essential Recipes for Late Summer
These are some of my very favorite tried-and-true recipes for the summertime. Essentials for the home medicine chest, these simple remedies come in so handy during the warm summer months.
Herbal Relief Oil
This botanical-infused goodness soothes and helps aching muscles, sprains, bruises, and areas that are inflamed or swollen.
- 2 oz Calendula flower herbal oil
- 1 oz St. John’s Wort herbal oil
- 1 oz Arnica herbal oil
- 10-15 drops organic Lavender essential oil (optional)
Pour all ingredients into a 4 oz glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. Massage into sore and tender muscles as needed.
If you’d like to make your own herbal infused oils, you can learn how to make them in this blog post: http://mountainroseblog.com/diy-herbal-salves/
Herbal Cooling Mist
Apply this mist on sunburns or whenever in need of a little cooling off. Aloe Vera and Lavender offer immediate relief to sunburns and other skin discomforts, shorten healing times, and are soothing, Peppermint is cooling and refreshing, and Green Tea helps reduce inflammation, redness, and the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure.
- 4 oz distilled water
- 2 oz organic Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 oz organic Lavender or Calendula Hydrosol
- 2 TBSP dried organic Peppermint leaf
- 1 tsp organic Green Tea leaves
- 5-10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
- 1-2 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
Pour boiling water over the Peppermint and Green Tea leaves, and infuse until cool. Strain out the leaves, and mix the strained infusion with Aloe Vera Gel and hydrosol. Pour into a spray bottle, then add the essential oils. Shake to combine all ingredients. Use within 1-2 days or store in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Shake before each use as ingredients will naturally separate.
All Purpose Healing Salve
This is a very gentle, soothing salve. Perfect for minor wounds, cuts, bug bites, chapped lips, bruises, or other skin conditions and irritations.
- 2 parts organic Calendula flowers
- 2 parts organic Lavender flowers
- 2 parts organic Comfrey leaf
- 2 parts organic Plantain leaf
- 1 part organic Comfrey root
- 1 part organic Chickweed
- 1 part organic Yarrow flowers
- Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Beeswax (1 oz per 8 oz infused oil): more may be added during the warm, summer months
- Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- Essential oils of organic Lavender or Tea Tree (optional)
- Tins or jars
Place dried botanicals into a dry glass jar, and cover with Olive oil, leaving at least 1-2” of oil above the herbs to allow the herbs to swell. Place jar in a sunny window and shake once or twice per day. Allow the oil to infuse for at least 4-6 weeks, or until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herb. Once that the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth. Place the infused oil and Beeswax in a double boiler, and gently warm over low heat until the Beeswax melts. Remove from heat and add Vitamin E Oil (if using). Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil may also be added during this time. Quickly pour into prepared tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely. Store in a cool location where they will last for 1-3 years.
Lavender, Calendula, and Shea Butter Lip Balm
This nourishing lip balm is made from healing ingredients which soothe dry and chapped lips.
- 1 Tablespoon organic Shea Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Calendula herbal oil
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
- 10-15 drops organic Lavender essential oil
- A few drops of Vitamin E Oil
Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oil in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oil and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or small containers.
Simple to make, liniments have been made for hundreds of years to offer instant relief for occasional pain, inflamed muscles, bruises, and sprains. Depending on which botanicals are included, liniments may benefit a variety of conditions including sore and inflamed muscles, joints, circulation problems, arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, strains, and bruises. Adding a dab to insect bites (especially with the addition on menthol), really helps to reduce the itching and inflammation.
- organic Witch Hazel Extract, Vodka, Rubbing Alcohol, or Vinegar
- Fresh or dried herbs. Combine any of the following: Arnica, Calendula flowers, Cayenne, Chamomile flowers, Comfrey, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender flowers, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, or Yarrow.
- Optional additions: organic Menthol crystals and/or essential oil(s) of choice.
Chop herbs finely and place in a clean glass jar. Cover thoroughly with menstruum of choice, and cap with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm area and shake daily or as often as possible. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. If desired, add Menthol crystals (they will dissolve overnight) and/or essential oil(s). Pour the liniment into dark glass bottles. Make sure to label the liniment for “External Use Only”.
These are just a smidgeon of all of the wonderful summer recipes on our blog! Here are links to some of our other favorite recipes from our blog: