Herbal Infused Oils

June 23, 2016 1 Comment

Herbal Infused Oils

You can use herbal infused oils to create lip balms, salves, soaps, shampoo's, serums, message oils and more!

What is Herbal Infusion

An infused oil consists of a carrier oil that has been permeated with one or more herbs and or flowers. The benefit to using an infused oil as opposed to a plain carrier oil is that the infused oil will contain the properties of both the carrier oil and the herbs that were infused into the oil.

Some plants do not have much essential oil contained in them, and in those cases, it is rare or impossible to commercially find an essential oil for that plant species…and if you do it could cost you some serious money!

Dandelions

New Soap Recipe! Sun Kissed Dandelions infused in Coconut Oil

 

How to Infuse Herbs

Method #1 Sun Kissed - the most economical and natural way to infuse

  1. Place herbs in a clean quart jar. If using fresh herbs, wilt them first for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause your oil to go rancid), cut into small pieces, and if desired you can crush them before adding to jar. You can skip these extra steps if your herbs are dried.
  2. Pour carrier oil into the jar, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1” and leaving at least 1” of space at the top of the jar so the herbs will have room to expand and you have room to stir!
  3. Stir well, and screw your lid on tightly.
  4. Place the jar in a sunny and warm area, and shake at least once a day. You can also cover the jar with a brown paper bag if you prefer that to direct sunlight. Play around with this! you can really achieve dramatic color differences. 
  5. After 3-5 weeks, carefully strain the oil by using unbleached muslin or cheesecloth. You should strain the oil at least twice. If any herbs remain in the infused oil, the oil can go rancid.
  6. Pour into glass bottles, and store in a cool dark place. Depending on the carrier oil used your infusion can keep up to a year.

 

Want to speed up the process? Try Method #2 - Crock Pot Infusing

 

Follow steps 1-3 but instead of a quart jars use pints.

  1. Place pint jars in crock pot with a small amount of water
  2. Turn Crock pot on LOW and gently heat your oils. You need to be very careful not to overheat your oils. Do not use a crock pot with only one setting as it is most likely to warm for this project.
  3. Every 15 minutes, being careful not to burn yourself, grab a dish towel and carefully lift pints to shake.
  4. After 3 hours remove pints and let cool. As mentioned above strain and store properly.

 

'Hemp Muscle Rub' 
Cannabis leaf, flower and root, cleaver, arnica, comfrey, devil's claw, elder, yarrow and plaintain patiently infusing in a hemp and argan oil blend.

Best Herbs to Infuse

There is a wide variety of herbs used for medicinal reasons, do your research and experiment! As always, try to use organic or wild crafted items. Below you find a list of some of my person favorite items to infuse.

Arnica– Muscle aches, bumps and bruises.

Calendula–Ridiculously soothing and is suitable for sensitive skin and for babies. 

Cannabis- Lovely for aches and pains, muscle soothing.

Cedar Tips – Minor skin irritations.

Chickweed – Wonderfully soothing for minor skin irritations and bug bites.

Comfrey – Deeply penetrating and traditionally used as a topical oil or as an ingredient in salve.

Dandelion- Not just a weed!Known to help with fungal infections. itches, ringworm, eczema.

Elder Flower-  The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances.

Goldenseal– Use for minor cuts and abrasions.

Hops- Used for relaxation and sleep aid, acne, hair repair.

Lavender- Anxiety, stress and helps promote healthy sleeping patterns. Known to help heel cuts and protect from infections.

Nettle- Perfect for muscle aches and pains, oily scalp, oily hair, and hair loss.

Peppermint – Great for massaging into sore muscles and sinus issues.  

Plantain – Soothes and helps speed the recovery of damaged skin, blisters, and insect bites. Lovely in lip balms!

Rosemary– A stimulating oil for hair treatments, sore muscles, or even for culinary use.

St. John's Wort – Use topically for bruises, bee stings, scrapes and even diaper rashes.

Thyme– Used externally for cuts and scrapes, and it is great for sore muscles.

Yarrow – Used for cuts, scraps, and minor rashes.

 

Carrier Oils for Infusions

Many different carrier oils may be used depending on the beneficial properties you are seeking, but Coconut, Jojoba and Oilve oil are lovely choices because they have a long shelf life and are suitable for a variety of applications. Feel free to venture out and try others; Apricot oil, Hemp oil, Argan Oil or Primrose!

Infused Oils

 

Want to try a few Herbal Infused products?

Try our Chamomile Lavender Lip Balm, Herbal Infused Cedarwood Beard Balm or the Rosemary Watercress Bar

Time to infuse some oils, please remember to always pick responsibly and protect our environment and wildlife....and above all HAVE FUN!





1 Response

Sylvia
Sylvia

June 11, 2017

I always have been interested in how to make your own natural oils and this was very informative. Thank you!

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