Infused oils transfer the medicinal properties of the plant into an oil, usually olive oil because of its longer shelf life. Initially, until stronger skills are developed, it is best to work with dried herbs when making an oil because the water in fresh herbs may cause the oil to become moldy or rancid if not properly prepared.
Infused oils are used to create healing salves, topically applied healing oils or as part of the base for lotions and massage oils.
- Olive oil is the best base as it doesn’t usually turn rancid, is easily absorbed, and has numerous healing benefits.
- Chop plant coarsely.
- Fill a clean, very dry jar with herb.
- Fill jar completely with oil, removing all air.
- Cover tightly. Shake well.
- Infuse at room temperature for approx. 3 – 6 weeks.
- Add more oil after first day if necessary.
- Strain oil into clean jar & squeeze oil out of plant material.
- If using fresh plant, let sit for several days for any water to settle to the bottom, carefully pour off infused oil. Dried plant material will not have water.