How to infuse herbs the easy way
When I make products, I usually add infused herbs to the blend. You may sometimes see infused herbs as one of the ingredients listed on my product labels. I Infuse most of my herbs during the summer because they can sit in a jar on the windowsill of my kitchen and soak up the sun's energy for up to 6 weeks. This method is preferred. During the winter months, when I am running low on oil, I infuse herbs the more natural way by using the heat of the crockpot. This method was done this way because solar energy may not be available. Today I'm going to show you how to infuse herbs
Items you may need to make herb-infused oils.
• Mason Jar with lid
• Carrier Oil
• Dried Herbs
• A Crockpot
• Metal strainer
What Oil is Best for Making Infused Oil?
A good quality olive oil is traditionally used to make herb-infused oil. Olive oil is full of antioxidants and vitamins, as well as being antibacterial. The moisturizing effects of olive are suitable for the skin's hydration making these the reasons why olive oil is best suited to use for a herbal infusion. You can also use sunflower oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and any other carrier oil that you have available. I also add Vitamin E for a lasting moisturizing effect.
The benefits of adding vitamin E to your infused herbs?
Vitamins E plays multiple roles when infusing herbs. For skincare products, vitamin E gives that ultra-moisturizing protection and works as a preservative to stabilize the herbal infusion. When adding Vitamin E, all that is needed is a few drops.
The benefits of infused herbs and their uses?
Herbal Oils are made from dried or fresh plants and discarded, leaving just the infused oil. Some common herbs, I use and their benefits.
Comfrey- Speeds up wounds healing
Ginger- Relieves pain and inflammation.
Calendula- Can help wound healing due to its antimicrobial effect.
Lavender- Soothes irritated skin.
Rosemary- Stimulates hair growth and is used to ease muscle pain.
How to make herb-infused oils the easy way?
Knowing how to select the right herb is paramount to infusing. Each herb has many medicinal properties, and there are thousands of herbs. Determining the herb, you will use rest upon the usage needed; some usages are skincare, wellness, massage, hair care, hand feet and nails, baby care, skin conditions, and pain relief, to name a few.
I use dried herbs purchased from a variety of places such as Frontier Co-Op, Mountain Rose Herb, and in some instances, Amazon and Etsy play a small role. I also use a local vendor when I need a quick supply. Local vendors are the best because they live in your community, and the relationship you have established with them is one of trust. Now that we have the reasons why we infuse herbs and how and where to select them, we can begin to make the infusion.
• Place herbs in a clean mason jar and leave enough room to cover the herbs with oil.
• Fill the jar with your choice of carrier oil. Cover and submerge the herbs at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) from the top of the herbs.
• Screw the lid on the mason jar and shake well
• Place the jar in a crockpot on low heat between 1-5 hours, or until the oil has taken on the color and scent of the herbs
• After infusing let the oil cool
• Place the cheesecloth in a metal strainer and strain herbs
• Store the herbs in dry bottles, and add a few drops of Vitamin E oil, store in a cool dark place and be sure to label them.
• To prevent the herbal infusion from going rancid, make sure the herbs you are using are appropriately dried.
• Use gloves to make the infusion because infusing oils can get messy, and some herbs will stain your hands when touched barehanded.
• Research the herbs you want to use and buy them from a trusted source. All herbs are not created equally.