HEALING HERBS: LEARN HOW TO MAKE MACERATED OILS

Happy day, freaks of natural!

If you’ve got herbs growing in your garden or locally, why not try making herb-macerated oils and replace some of those cosmetic products full of petrolchemical that are not missing in our cabinet?

Macerated oils, also called infused oils, are carrier oils used to extract the therapeutic properties of a certain plant or plants. Using infused oils in any skin care preparation is extremely therapeutic, as they contain the nutritive properties of both the carrier oil and the herbs.

When making macerated oils, the most commonly used carrier oils are asunflower, olive, sweet almond and jojoba oils, as they are easily obtained and suitable for all skin types

Sunflower oil have less nourishing skin care benefits of olive oil, but it spreads well on the skin, it’s lighter in colour and scent and makes a great macerated oil choice. Olive oil is especially suitable for dry, mature and sensitive skin types, and as an anti-inflammatory, is beneficial for eczema and psoriasis. it has indeed a stronger scent and one may wish to mix it with another oil to neutralise the scent. Jojoba and coconut oils are also often used of added, while sweet almond oil is often use to make smaller batches as it goes rancid faster then other.

Choose properly dried herbs with high levels of natural volatile oils such as yarrow, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, st. john’s wort, chamomile, calendula, rose.

INSTRUCTIONS: Cold Infusion 

  • Fill a jar halfway with plant material
  • Pour oil over the herbs till covering them
  • Stir to release air bubbles
  • Cap with a lid and place in a warm place
  • Shake your mixture daily
  • Your infusion will be ready in 3-4 weeks
  • Strain the oil
  • Allow to cool and pour into clean bottles, label and date

 

This is the preferred method because it preserves better the delicate constituents found in plants. However it’s possible to speed up the process by gently heating up the jug or jar containing your infused oils with a slow cooker or with the bain marie method.

Herbal oils will nourish the body and heal dry skin, dressed up in nicer bottles will make lovely gifts or could be used as a massage oil or added to the bath.

 

 


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