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Infusing herbs in oil for its medicinal benefit

December 6, 2016

 

 

What is herb-infused oil?

 

Herb-infused oil is a result of steeping dry or fresh herbs in carrier oil for several days to weeks. The plant matter is then discarded, leaving just the oil, which has been infused with the medicinal properties of the herb.

You can use easily accessible plant oil such as olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and coconut oil as your carrier oil. You can also use more expensive options such as jojoba oil, avocado oil, and argan oil for face application.

Since herbs contain a lot of medicinal properties, herbal oil can be really powerful for healing and beauty purpose.

 

Common herbs for oil infusion and their benefits

 

Calendula – Facilitate wound healing due to antioxidant and antimicrobial effect.

Cayenne Pepper – Contains a constituent called capsaicin, which relieves muscle pain.

Chamomile – Soothe and calm allergic skin.

Comfrey – Facilitate wound healing

Ginger – Relieve pain and aid digestion.

Lavender – Soothe and calm irritated skin. Relieve bug bites, sunburnt skin and other skin rashes.

Peppermint – Relieve skin rashes and aid digestion.

Rosemary – Stimulating oil for hair treatments. Relieve muscle pain.

 

Before we start, there are few points to take note:

  1. Use good quality dried herbs for best result as they are less likely to spoil throughout the process.

  2. Always use clean and sterilized jars with tight fitting lids.

  3. Add a few drops of vitamin E to prolong the shelf life. If Vitamin E is not available, use a dark colored bottle to reduce oxidation due to sunlight.

  4. Olive oil is commonly used as it offers better resistance to oxidation and rancidity.

  5. Label jars with the starting date and the weight of each ingredient during the infusion time. Write down the dates and ingredient list right after bottling for storage. This practice is good for future reference.

(Picture Above: Calendula flower petal infused in sunflower seed oil) Shop our products with calendula here.

 

There are TWO ways of infusing herbs in oil:

 

FIRST, Cold Infusion/Solar Infusion

 

Materials:

  • Good quality dried herb – with intended function

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Wax Paper/Plastic Bag

  • Clean, dry glass jar with tight fitting lid

  • Labels and permanent marker

  • Vitamin E oil (optional)

  • The sun or a consistently warm area

Use approximately 10 gram of dried herb to 100 gram of oil.

 

Directions:

  1. Fill the jar with the dried herb and cover completely with oil. Add a few drops of Vitamin E.

  2. Use a clean spoon to stir the mixture, making sure all the plant material is covered with oil.

  3. Before closing the lid, cover the top of the jar with a small wax paper/plastic bag then screw on the lid. It is to prevent any chemical reaction between the oil and the lid.

  4. Leave the jar in a warm spot but not directly in the sunlight unless using dark colored bottle.

  5. Check on the oil every few days and give it a gentle roll back and forth.

  6. After 4-6 weeks, the oil will be ready to decant.

  7. Use a strainer to separate the plant material from the oil. Store the oil in a clean bottle and label accordingly.

 

SECOND, Heat Infusion.

 

Materials:

  • Good quality dried herb – with intended function

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Clean, dry glass jar with tight fitting lid

  • Sauce pan

  • Labels and permanent marker

  • Vitamin E oil (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Fill the jar with the dried herb and cover completely with oil. Add a few drops of Vitamin E if available.

  2. Use a clean spoon to stir the mixture, making sure all the plant material is covered with oil.

  3. Place the jar filled with herb and oil in a sauce pan that has been filled about ¼ full of water.

  4. Simmer for 4 to 8 hours at a temperature not warmer than 50 Celsius Degree. 

  5. Remove jar from sauce pan and allow to cool.

  6. Decant, bottle, label, and store in a cool dark place.

 

Applications:

Incorporate these powerful herbal oils in your natural skincare routine such as moisturiser, body oil and bath oil. You can also mix the herbal oil with beeswax to make healing balm. Adding sugar and/or salt with the herbal oil makes a great body scrub too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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