HERBAL INFUSED OILS
Simply infusing oil with herbs can transform them into healthful preparations. You can use
herbal-infused oils as the base for homemade massage oils, salves, lip balms, facial serums,
hair treatments, body creams, soaps, and more!
A variety of dried herbs and organic carrier oils can be used depending on your specific needs.
Jojoba oil and olive oil are wise choices because they have a long shelf life and are suuitable for a
variety of topical applications.
HERBS TO INFUSE
Feel free to combine herbs or infused oils to create special blends.
St. John’s wort
Floral Oil: This aromatic oil smells divine and will lift the spirit. Apply to the skin after a shower, bath, or during a massage. To make, infuse organic rose petals, lavender flowers, and/or chamomile flowers in organic jojoba oil.
Sleep Oil: A fragrant blend of relaxing herbs, use after a bath or shower to help find tranquility. You can also rub on the temples at night before bed. To make, infuse a mixture of organic hops, chamomile flowers, and lavender flowers in organic olive or jojoba oil.
FOLK METHOD OR THE QUICK METHOD
Moisture will cause your oil to go rancid, so we prefer dried herbs in infusions. You can find an extensive selectionof dried herbs online.
Place dried herbs in a clean quart jar. Pour enough oil to cover herbs by at least 1 inch and leave at least 1/2 inch of space at the top of the jar so the herbs will have room toexpand. If your herbs soak up all of the oil, then pour more oil on top to ensure that the herbs are completely covered.
Stir well and cap the jar tightly.
Place the jar on a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day. You can also cover the jar with a brown paper bag if you prefer that to direct sunlight.
After 4 to 6 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil usingcheesecloth. Make sure to squeeze out every precious drop of oil!
Pour into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place. Vitamin E oil may also be added to prolong the shelf-life. The oil should keep for at least a year if stored
properly Another way to infuse oils in a pinchuses direct heat. Much care needs to be
taken when creating herbal oils this way,so you don’t want to burn your herbs!
Place herbs in a crock-pot, double boiler, or electric yogurt maker, and cover with
organic extra virgin olive oil (or other carrier oil of choice), leaving at least an
inch or two of oil above the herbs. Gently heat the herbs over very low heat
(preferably between 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for 1 to 5 hours until the oil
takes on the color and scent of the herb.
Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
Once the oil is ready, strain usingcheesecloth and bottle into dry, sterilized
amber bottles for storage in a cool,dark place. Vitamin E oil may be added at this point to prolong the shelf-life.