Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How To Make Herbal Infused Oil and Salves




Infused Oil

Useful for applying herbs topically or for massage, infused oils are easy to make. Simply combine dried herbs and a good quality oil such olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil.
  • Combine 1/2 cup of dried herbs with 1 cup of good-quality oil.
  • Use a widemouthed jar to hold the mixture, cover it, and let it stand in a sunny place for about two weeks.
  • Strain the oil through a mesh strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth.
  • For a quicker method, place your covered jar of herbs and oil in a shallow pan filled with enough water to cover the lower half of the jar. Put the pan into the oven, set it to its lowest possible temperature, and heat for several hours. Allow the mixture to cool before straining it.
  • Store for up to several months in a cool, dark place.

Herbal Salves

Another popular way to use herbs topically, a salve is like a cream for the skin. It can be made from any infused oils you create for medicinal benefits, or with plain, uninfused oil for simple skin protection.
  • Combine 1/2 cup of the oil with 1/8 cup of grated beeswax
  • Place the mixture over a low heat until the beeswax melts. Be sure to use a double boiler or a mixing bowl over a pot of hot water.  Never heat beeswax directly over a burner.
  • Pour the mixture into a widemouthed glass jar, or balm container.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Then cover.
  • Store in a dark place.
  • Salves will keep for several months.

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