How To Make An Infection Fighting Massage Oil | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how to use essential oils to make a massage oil to support the body and keep infections at bay in this post.

How would you like to know how to make an infection fighting massage oil that will help support the body in fighting infections on the skin?

When my youngest had cellulitis, this is what was recommended to me by some natural mama friends of mine before I decided to take him to the doctor. I honestly believe this would have been very effective for him if I’d started it sooner, but hey, you live and learn right?

Now, you can use this “infection fighting” massage oil a number of ways.

  • any skin issue that you think may have the chance to become infected like minor cuts, scrapes, bug bites
  • ear infections – rub this right around the outside of the ear
  • strep throat – rub this on your child’s neck and around the tonsil area several times a day
  • hang nails or  ingrown toenails to keep the infection down as well
  • eczema scratching – add these essential oils to an appropriate carrier oil and use that on them to help prevent an infection from scratching
  • and more

Okay, so let’s get the recipe, shall we? It’s so simple. Anyone can make it.

DIY Infection Fighting Massage Oil

What you’ll need is:

1-ounce extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or any other preferred carrier oil
7 drops lavender essential oil 
7 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix all this together, put it in a bottle, and label it. Store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight and use it as needed. It should last anywhere between 1-2 years if stored properly and not contaminated.

This mixture will make a 2.5% dilution which is sufficient for an infection fighting oil, and it shouldn’t be used on children younger than 6 months.

A Word of Caution

There are a couple of things I want to caution you about when it comes to this oil.

First, don’t make it into a salve and use on deep cuts or wounds. The wax can seal bacteria in the wound and make worse. If you want to make this oil into a more solid form, I’d suggest making it into an ointment and only use it on minor surface issues. There are other natural ways of dealing with deeper cuts and wounds. We can discuss that another time if you want.

Second, know what the signs of infection are and monitor the area. If your child get’s scratched by a cat, you clean and dry the scratches really well, then start putting this oil on the scratches 2-3 times a day, but the area continues to look worse by getting more red, hot, and swollen… then it’s getting infected and your oil isn’t helping. That means it’s time to take stronger herbal action or head to the doctor. The choice is yours.

How do you approach infection (or potential infection) naturally? Share your wisdom with me in the comments below!