Making an Infused Herbal Oil


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 soap. 

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.


Cold Process Infused Herbal Oil

You’ll need;

     2 oz of dried herbs

     20 oz of oil

     Mason jar

     Cotton cloth

1. Weigh out dried herbs with an electronic scale. 

2. Place dried herbs in a jar large enough to hold the herbs and the oil.

3. Pour the oil of your choice over the dried herbs until covered.

4. Place a cloth over the jar so the moisture can evaporate and set in a warm place.

5. Stir the oil mixture each day for the first week.

 

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 possible.

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. 


Hot Process Infused Herbal Oil

Hot processed 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.

Use the double boiler method for small amounts of oil and the crock pot for larger amounts of oil.

1. Measure out the oil of your choice and dried herbs using a 1:10 ratio of dried herbs to oil.

2. Place the herbs and oil in a pan or double boiler.

3. Heat up and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Stir often. The herbs will become a little crispy as they get near the end of the cooking time.

4. Strain the herbs through a cotton cloth.

5. When the oil cools enough to handle squeeze the oil out of the herbs.

Store the infused oil in a container in a cool place.

You will want to have your favorite herbal oils on hand to make salves, lotions and soaps.




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