How To Make Infused Oils

Infused Oils are an easy and effective introduction to the world of herbs in your own home, allowing you to start taking responsibility for your own health and that of your family. You can even use some herbs you have growing in the garden. Infused oils are most amendable to herbs which have properties that are best applied topically.

Method
  1. Fill a sterile glass jar halfway with dried or to the top with fresh herbs.infused oils
  2. Top up with an appropriate cold pressed oil (olive, almond, coconut) leaving some space in the top.
  3. Loosen herbs with a wooden spoon to dispel air bubbles.
  4. Fresh herbs must have no moisture in them and all herbs must be fully submersed in the oil. Damp herbs and those in contact with air encourage mold growth.
  5. Label the jar with the herb and the date.
  6. Leave in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks inverting the jar every few days.
  7. Strain through cheesecloth. Do not leave longer than 6 weeks.

 

Infused oil Ideas

Calendula flowers– antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, healing and moisturising so perfect for varicose veins, leg ulcers, chilblains, wounds and minor cuts, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch.

Arnica – antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties therefore great for muscle aches, spasms, pulled muscles,  rheumatic pain, delayed onset muscle soreness, sprains, bruises and swelling.

Comfrey leaves – anti-inflammatory, analgesic and bone setter so is useful for sprains and broken bones. Is also effective for psoriasis, and eczema.

Lavender – anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antispasmodic. Useful for muscle or joint pain and injuries, as well as for skin conditions like burns, acne and wounds.

St John’s Wort  – anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic and analgesic. Soothes burns and damaged skin and calms the pain of neuralgia, sciatica, arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle aches, PMS and breast tenderness.

Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-septic, analgesic, anti-fungal. Can be used to treat acne, rashes, eczema, wounds, dermatitis, and dry and itchy skin as well as infections caused by bacteria and fungi.  Muscle cramps/tension as well as, arthritis are also relieved.

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