How to Make Warming Body Oil

by Christopher Godwin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Warming body oil is simple, homemade massage oil that uses natural ingredients to create a product that rivals even the most expensive commercial massage oils. Making your own massage oil has several benefits, including saving you a lot of money over buying retail oils. Homemade massage oil also eschews the use of unnecessary fillers and preservatives present in many commercial massage oils. This recipe makes enough massage oil for about 15 applications, but it is easily doubled or tripled for more uses or as gifts.

Items you will need

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 60 drops juniper berry essential oil
  • 10 drops ginger root essential oil
  • Sterilized glass jar with tight-fitting lid
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • Glass bottle with fine-spray mister
  • Clean plastic funnel
Step 1

Combine the coconut oil, juniper and ginger root essential oil in a sterilized glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake gently, and let the mixture infuse for about 24 hours.

Step 2

Add the rosemary and lavender essential oils, and shake gently for 30 seconds. Replace the lid, and store in a cool, dry place for 72 hours.

Step 3

Shake the jar to combine its contents. Transfer the mixture to a clean glass bottle with a fine-spray mister, using a clean plastic funnel.


  • Store the bottle in a cool, dark place between uses. Shake gently before each use to make sure the oils are blended.


  • Avoid mixing or storing any type of homemade cosmetics, skin-care or massage oils in an aluminum container, as there is serious concern about heavy metals entering the body through the product.


  • "Natural Beauty at Home," Janice Cox, 2002

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."