"Herbal Oil, whaaaaat is that?" you may be asking. Have you ever received a simply divine massage with an aromatic oil that transported you to a universe of calm? Or used a facial lotion that boasted the healing power of certain plants or flowers? Both of those experiences are thanks to an herb infused oil, and I'm going to tell you more about it.
Herb infused oils can be used for so many things - massage oils, skin treatments, a base for salves, lotions, and creams, or even to help make candles (<-- that was foreshadowing!).
You can infuse oils with herbs as a way to harness the healing properties of herbal plants. One thing to note is they are not the same as essential oils, they are gentler on the skin and so much easier to make at home.
The concept is pretty simple. You have a base oil (called a menstrum), which is usually a mellow oil like almond, olive, or coconut. Once you have your base oil you can use either dried or fresh herbs. Here, I am using dried herbs (Jasmine and Elder Flower specifically). From there, you can infuse two ways - using the sun or a heat infusion In this instance, I used the heat infusion method as it takes less time.
Fill a saucepan (or double boiler) with water and place a glass bowl on top. Fill the glass bowl with 2/3 dried herb and 1 1/4 cup base oil (I used almond oil). Turn the heat on low and allow for the herb to infuse into the oil for approx 2 hours. Be sure the water doesn't boil away and the oil mixture doesn't start to bubble up and pop. I recommend stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 mins before straining out the herb from the oil. I did this by first straining the herb then using cheesecloth to squeeze out every last bit of infused oil from the oil-soaked herbs.
Place the infused oil in a glass jar and label. Oil should be fresh for 4-6 months.
I love the smell of this oil with the combination of jasmine flowers and elder flowers. The jasmine flower is known to increase circulation and have an aphrodisiac effect with it's sweet aroma. The elder flower is powerful - helping with toxin removal and relief of skin. Together, this romantic combination of herbs in a gentle almond oil creates a luxurious, healing mixture. Now that it's infused, I've got some exciting plans for this lil guy. You'll have to stay tuned to find out!
Jasmine & Elderflower Infused Oil
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