How to Make Your Own Simple Herbal Oils

It is easy to make your own herbal oils from scratch. Infused herbal oils require a small amount of plant material while essential oils require a lot more plants. Infused herbal oil is safe to use externally, it is good for the skin, unlike the essential oil which can cause rashes and other skin reactions. Infused oils are used full strength – there’s no need to further dilute this type of oil.

To make an infused herbal oil you’ll need fresh plants, a knife, a clean dry glass jar with a tight lid, and olive oil. Chop the leaves or flowers of your chosen plant. Some of the most popular plants used to make infused oils are Lavender, Spruce needles, St. John’s wort, Dandelion flowers, Kutus Kutus Yarrow blossoms and others. You can also experiment with mixes. Pack fresh and clean herbs loosely into the jar. Cover the herbs with olive oil, until the jar is completely full (sesame and almond oils are also good). Put the lid on as tightly as you can. Put the jar in a warm place such as a warm sunny window. Leave the jar on there for 30 days. Remember to shake the mixture gently every day.

After this time, get another large, clean glass jar with a tight lid, a large funnel, and some cheesecloth. Strain the mixture – slowly pour the oil into the clean jar through the funnel. The cheesecloth packed in the funnel will strain the mixture, letting the oil filter into the jar. Then transfer the oil into a dark bottle, and store in a cool and dark place. The multi-purpose herbal oil you make will be semi-clear or lightly cloudy, and also very fragrant. It can be used as massage oil. You can rub it on sore muscles, hands, dry skin or anywhere else you want, avoiding sensitive areas, like eyes.

 

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