Herbal Liniments- Recipes

Herbal Liniments

A liniment is an herbal extraction in a liquid, such as alcohol, oil, or vinegar, which is rubbed into the skin to treat arthritis, inflammations, sore muscles, and strains. Herbal liniments are easy to make and so easy to use. Herbal Liniments are not as popular as they used to be, but if you are an athlete or active, you will love this herbal application.

Herbal Liniments made with oils.

Essentially a liniment oil, is an infused oil. But because I am using them like I would a traditional liniment, I am calling them liniment oils. These recipes would also be at home in the infused oil section. You can make these with oil, vinegar or alcohol.
To make one of my favorite liniments, place four ounces each fresh or dried Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and eucalyptus leaves in a 16-ounce jar.
Cover with a pint of vodka or vinegar. (Do not use rubbing alcohol.)
Personally I really like vodka for my liniments, it has very little scent once applied, extracts plant constituents well and has a very long shelf life. Vinegar is good also, but I thought I would share my preference.
Let the mixture set in a dry place for fourteen days and shake the contents twice a day. (You can also add a few drops of essential oil, such as eucalyptus, Peppermint (Mentha piperita), or Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), if you like.)
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Some of my favorite herbals to use in liniments are:

  • Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis) – is a great herb for nerve pain, nervous tension in muscles, varicose vein pain.
  • Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) – Wonderful for muscle trauma, pain and injuries. This is a great herb for athletes in a liniment, we have used it for skateboarding, football and dancing injuries.
  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) -Divine for any kind of swelling, bruising, blunt trauma kind of thing as well as broken bones. Don’t apply on puncture wounds.
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)- This herb in a liniment is excellent for herpes issues like chickenpox and shingles. Also excellent for promoting relaxation and sleep.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) or Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – cooling pain relief.
  • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) flowers- excellent for muscle and nerve pain. These as a liniment are invaluable in shingles treatment especially when also infused with Lemon Balm.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – warming liniment, good for muscular pain, nice option for fibromyalgia.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)– A strong pain relieving herb.
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) – Strong pain relieving herb.

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