The herbal infused oil that we can make at home is easy to make and wonderful to use. The reason we infuse the herbs into oil is to break down the herbs and make their constituents easier to use. They absorb beautifully into the skin and do their work amazingly. You can use it as is or as a base for homemade salve.
*This herbal infused oil is not to be confused with essential oil. Essential oils are the distilled, highly concentrated volatile oils of the plant. They are pretty much impossible to make at home without investing in expensive distilling equipment.
There are a few things that we need to know before we start.
Okay, let's make infused oil.
Infused oil can also be made with heat. Follow this link on making salve steps 1 through 3, for the fastest way to make infused oil.
Infused oil can also be made in a crock pot by putting the oil and herbs into a jar, as above, fill the crock pot 3/4 full of water. Sit the jar in the water and simmer on low for 4 hours. Check it occasionally to be sure the water doesn't dry out.
Remember. Heat breaks down and destabilizes the oil which will make it go rancid faster. Be sure to watch your oil if you use heat to be sure it doesn't get too hot.
Here are some recipes:
Though I thoroughly enjoy gathering and drying my own flowers, sometimes it isn't possible. If you need them and don't have them Mountain Rose Herbs has dried mullein flowers, dried dandelion flowers, dried St. John's wort flowers, dried calendula flowers, or any other flowers or herbs you need.
After clicking on their link, click on "products", then on "bulk herbs". It's easy, just like making your own infused oil is easy. Enjoy it!
Mullein Flower Oil for Earaches
Dry mullein flowers to fill half a jar
Olive oil to completely fill the jar
This is the first oil I ever learned about. Using this infused oil is the very best thing you can do for earaches which often come with colds and flu.The only way to make it better is to add some garlic oil (made the same way). Works like magic.
Dandelion Infused Oil
Sports Massage Oil from Rosemary Gladstar
2 parts St. Johns wort
1 part Hops
1 part Arnica
1 part Mullein leaves
2 parts Camphor oil (available in some health food stores or pharmacies)
Essential oil of wintergreen or clove
Make the oil using the first four ingredients. After straining the herbs from the oil add the Camphor oil and enough essential oil to give it a strong pungent odor.
St. John's Wort Oil for Aches and Pains
Make the oil as described above just using St. John's Wort flowers and leaves. (You can purchase them dried from Mountain Rose Herbs) but if you have fresh flowers they are the very best.
This oil also makes a wonderful rub for sore muscles or for arthritis and rheumatism. I wonder what would happen if you combined Dandelion Flowers and St. John's Wort?
Calendula Oil is another multiple use oil that works well for many ailments. It's antiseptic properties help promote painless healing of minor wounds by reducing inflammation and preventing infection. Calendula improves blood circulation so is useful for alleviating bruises, skin ulcers and for reducing scarring.
As you learn the properties and uses of different herbs you will find many ways to use them. What an exciting journey. Enjoy!
Be sure to visit our page on Herbal Remedies.