Herb-infused oils are easy to make, and all you need is high-quality oil and some herbs.
Infusing herbs into oil of your choice
To make herb-infused oil, you need:
- Clean sterile jar
- Carrier oil (sunflower, olive or sweet almond)
- Herbs of choice
- Heat (sunshine)
Dry fresh herbs to make herb-infused oil
Improperly dried plant will give you moldy oil because of the moisture in the herbs. Scatter the herbs in one layer. Use tissue paper and place it in a warm, humid-free room.
Let the herbs dry for 1-2 days. You can also tie your herbs in a bouquet, and hang it upside down in a dry area.
Pack the jars for an herb solar infusion
Break your dried herbs into small pieces, and fill the jar. Make sure there’s enough space for the oil. You can always add more herbs after adding the oil. Put the lid on, and shake carefully.
If you decide to use the solar infusion method, you need to have a warm window sill that gets enough sun. Place the jar on the sill, and leave it for 2-4 weeks. Shake every few days and add more herbs if needed.
Strain the oil after few weeks, and transfer it into a clean Mason jar.
The double boiler method
This is a quick and modern method. All you have to do is place the herbs in the top pot of the boiler, and pour in your oil.
If you don’t have a double boiler, put two pots inside of each other. Fill the bottom pan with two inches of water. Bring the water to a boil, and turn the heat on low. Put the other pot on top.
Make sure it doesn’t touch the water. Simmer for a few hours, and check the water level and the oils. Turn off the heat once the oil changes its color and aroma.
Strain and transfer the oil into a clean container.
There are so many ways to use herb-infused oils, and we give you the three best recipes.
1. Calendula infused oil
You can use it as a skincare oil, and moms can use it on their baby’s bottom.
Calendula infused oil for babies
- 1-oz calendula infused sunflower oil
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
Combine the oils, and apply this on your baby’s bottom to relieve diaper rash or treat a skin issue.
Caution: Don’t use this oil on babies under 6 months and above. Don’t use lavender essential oil if your skin is sensitive. Consult a doctor if you notice some reactions.
2. Chamomile infused oil
It does wonders for your skin
Chamomile-infused oil for cracked skin
- 1-oz chamomile-infused sweet almond oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops geranium essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
For this purpose, use Roman or German chamomile plant. Combine the oils and use them on your skin.
Caution: Avoid open wounds. You may also deal with skin sensitivity.
3. Peppermint and rosemary essential oil
For this recipe you need two infused oils. Rosemary and peppermint are great for your mental health and they also calm the soul.
Peppermint and rosemary infused oil roll-on for clarity
- 0.33-oz peppermint- and rosemary-infused olive oil
- 1 drop basil essential oil
- 2 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
- 1 drop clary sage essential oil
Infuse the oils as separate blends, and combine them together. Combine both infusions and add in the essential oils. Transfer the oil into a roll-on applicator. Cap, and shake. Apply the oil on your wrists and temples to treat brain fog and confusion.
Caution: Avoid this blend if you are pregnant. It’s not recommended to those dealing with hypertension and children.
Use of herb-infused oils
You can use these oils instead of essential oils. Of course, the therapeutic effect depends on the extraction method.
You can make them at home, and they don’t cost as much as essential oils. Combining herb-infused oil and essential oils to enjoy more benefits.