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Herbal Infusion

Homemade Herbal Oils

Making your own herbal infused oils can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Not only do you know exactly what the oil is contained and the quality of these ingredients (unlike many off-the-shelf "products), but you can choose what to put in oil, depending on what you want to use it for – and create your own blend.

Herbal oils can be used to condition and enrich hair, or as an oil luxury bath, or as a fragrant, healing oil massage or natural moisturizer, or as an ingredient of balms and ointments. There are two main methods for producing of herbal oils – a method of cold and hot method. The hot method is mainly for hard herbs, bark, roots and seeds while cold is a slower method suitable for sensitive method infused petals.

Herbal Oil – Cold Method

Place your chosen herb / petals (see below) in a clean glass jar and fill with a suitable carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil or oil grape seed, for example). The oil level must be greater than the level of grass so that the grass is completely covered (to help prevent weeds from going moldy.) Place the cap on the bottle, gently shake the mixture and place in a warm, sunny to infuse for a fortnight. Stir gently every day. Strain the oil and you want stronger oil, fill the bottle with a new batch of petals and infused oil reuse. Leave a fortnight, stirring new every day and then tension and checking the quality and strength of its oil. Pour into a clean glass jar and store in a cool, dark place.

Herb oil – Hot Method

1 / 2 liter of olive oil
2 to 3 oz dried herb

Find a glass container that can be placed comfortably in a pan without touching the bottom of the pot. Pour enough water into the pot so that water contact with the glass bowl, but does not come from the sides of the bowl (which is creating a kind water bath set up).
Put the olive oil and herbs in glass container and place the saucepan (with bowl and oil and herbs) to fire medium. The idea is to boil the water in the pot for this, heat the oil. Simmer for 2 to 3 hours, checking regularly to ensure that the water level ok. Never let the pot boil dry! This can burn oil and herb mixture (and ruin your pan!) and a mixture of burning oil is useless.
The oil has the fragrance of herbs, as infused and changes color – if you do not find strong enough resulting infusion after the first 2 to 3 hours tension and you reuse the oil with a new batch of dried herbs, simmer for 2 to 3 hours as you want. I usually find that an infusion enough.
To the strain of oil using a muslin cloth or fine mesh strainer proper, with a clean glass jug underneath to catch any oil casting. Make sure all plant material is extracted the oil and pour into a clean glass jar.
If you use fresh herbs you may find that the resulting oil is layers – with a watery (possibly green) film of oil on the bottom – this layer of water has to be separated and discarded otherwise the oil will spoil quickly. For this reason, it is more convenient Use dried herbs.
Olive Oil is my preferred choice for herbal infusions because they detereorate not heated, has a long shelf life, and less likely to go rancid. Its infusion should last about a year – kept in a clean bottle or a jar of dark glass (and out of direct sunlight in a cool).

Grass Options: The hot oil method herbal best suits harsh herbs like rosemary, and roots, bark and seeds. That said, the more delicate as rose petals, can be used, but I would suggest keeping the heat lower and control force after an hour – it may be wise then strain and reuse the oil with a new batch of dried petals. The condition of the petals after an hour will tell – if they are still quite colorful continue, but if they lack color and then use a new batch. Some of my favorite herbs for infusions of oil:
Calendula (Marigold) – useful for a hair oil red hair, also makes a soothing oil for irritated skin – ideal for nipple ointment breastfeeding mothers (wipe clean the nipple before breastfeeding though). Blends well with chamomile – Other skin care herb is also good as a blond hair oil.
Comfrey – soothing oil for stiff and painful joints – Particularly good to help heal small fractures, ligaments and tendons damaged. Do not use on open wounds.
Lavender – the familiar, relaxing fragrance of lavender oil is ideal for relaxing, calming. Ideal for a bath before bed or massage oil.
Nettle – another friend hair herbal, as well as a hair oil in general, also makes for a soothing oil for irritated skin.
Parsley – Completion ideal for a hair oil herbal remedy for hair fine o.
Rosa – A delicately scented oils, soft emotions and good for dry or mature skin.
Romero – an excellent choice for hair oil (dark hair) – will condition and nourish hair scalp Romero also makes a wonderfully soothing massage oil for sore muscles and bruises. It also helps to deter mosquitoes.
Sage
– Another excellent choice for a hair oil – again dark hair, gray. It is also useful for the repair of dandruff.

A resin as incense or benzoin or orris root powder can be added with the herbs and oil – these, of course, spread their medicinal and aromatic to the mix and as a fixative for fragrance and work as a natural preservative.

Its oil infusion may be mixed with other carrier oils once completed – You can find olive oil too heavy an oil for general skin for a soft try massage oil infused oil half and half almond oil. For an oil in the hair you may want to add the jojoba oil to infuse – then heat the oil (put the bottle into a cup with water and boil for 5 minutes – if Try a little oil in your hand before use to check the temperature!) and apply liberally from root to tip. Wrap a hot towel around your hair to keep warm and rest for at least half an hour. Shampoo and wash out – the oil can be stubborn to change but fresh lemon juice and water will change at any time and leave your hair smelling fresh and looking great! (Lemon also adds a shine to the hair and improved highlighting).
Infused oils can also be mixed with oils essential (need to use less drops of essential oil in an oil infusion of a common carrier oil), or used as an ingredient for the preparation of other – Such as an ointment:

Herbal Ointment

1 / 2 liter of oil infused herbal
1 oz bees – Grated *

Establish a water bath with a glass container suspended in a bucket of water and add the oil and beeswax infused into the container glass. Simmer until the wax melts. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before pouring into sterile clean glass jars, filling to an accuracy of 1 / 2 inch of top. As stated in the ointment that will leave a dip in the center. Reserve a bit of pomade to fill the bottles – a warming consitency invertible.
If you want to include essential oils add them just before taking the ointment from heat and stir well. You only need a few drops.

* (Solid) cocoa butter could be used instead of beeswax. To produce different consistencies alter the proportion of beeswax oil / butter Cocoa – more oil and beeswax less / = cocoa butter cream / lotion, and more beeswax / oil cocoa butter balm less = / Ointment stronger.

• For more herbal information, articles related to grasses, or to purchase organic herbs, spices and resins, oils, quality, mixing herbs and oils and more, please visit Gaia's Garden: target = "_blank"> http://www.gaias-garden.co.uk/

About the Author

Gillie Whitewolf has an affinity with herbs and a passion for nature, along with an insatiable appetite for creating – from herbal remedies and wildcrafts to visual and aural arts.
…musician/artist/crafter/herbalist/author/muse/dreamer…email : whitewolf@gaias-garden.co.uk

Gillie also runs Gaia’s Garden, a place to explore the world of herbs and the natural magic of mother earth. Visit the Gaia’s Garden Shop for organic herbs, spices and resins, quality oils, the Gaia’s Garden range of herbal and aromatherapeutic products, meditation music, art and crafts and much more… http://www.gaias-garden.co.uk

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