Infused Herbal oil can be made through a cold process or a hot process method. The following oils make good oil infusions. Infused oils can cost a lot of money so it is nice to be able to make your own. Infused oils are used to make other herbal remedies and can be used as liniments or making herbal salves.
Make your own blends to suit your family’s needs.
Sweet Almond Oil;
is cold pressed, it can be use by itself or mixed with other oils. Almond oil
has a low odor that will not interfere with the infused herbs. It absorbs into
the skin for soft and smooth skin and is slow to go rancid. Almond oil helps
relieve skin irritations, inflammation and relieves muscular aches and itching.
It has very good emollient properties.
Grape seed Oil; is rich in vitamin E an antioxidant, has a low rancid factor and is economical. It can be purchased in the local grocery store. Grape seed oil helps in healing and can be used as a rubbing liniment or cooking oil.
Olive Oil; is a
heavier oil than almond or grape seed oil. It has its own aroma. It can also be
use as massage oil or cooking oil. Olive oil helps with healing wounds and
scars, it provides a great moisture barrier.
Choose the oil
based of your preference for making herbal oil. The oils can be used straight
or mixed with each other. Almond and grape seed oils work well together.
I like to use
olive oil to infuse herbs because it is the most cost effective. A 3 liter
bottle at Sams Club is $12.99 (as of this printing 2013). I can than use the
infused olive oil in combination with other oils when I make salves and
To make infused oil you use a ratio of 1:10 of herb to oil. Measure the herbs by weight and the oil by volume. If you have 4 oz’s of herbs you will use 40 oz’s of oil. You weigh both the dry herbs and the oil on a scale.
Let the jar set
in a warm place for 3 to 6 week. Stir every week. Strain the oil through a
cotton cloth after 3 to 6 weeks. Squeeze as much oil from the cloth as
Pour oil into
clean jars and seal. Infused oils can be stored 6 months to a year in a cool
place. To increase the shelf life of the oils add 4 drops of Benzion essential
oil for each 8 oz’s of oil.
Use herbal oil for liniments, salves, lotions or herbal soaps.
infused oils are ready in a shorter amount of time because you are heating the
oil which helps extract the herbal properties more quickly.
Dried herbs and oil are heated no hotter than 180 degrees F. You may use a pan placed in a warm oven set on 180 degrees F, a crock pot set on low or a double boiler to heat the oil and dried herbs.