WHY MAKE AN HERBAL-INFUSED OIL-
herbal oils are a great way to apply medicine topically. They (can) smell great and be helpful for a variety of things such as massage oils, hair treatments, body oils, healing moisturizes, and other things I’m sure. They also are main ingredients in lotions and salves. They are very easy to do, and fun to experiment with. If using your own herbs, make sure they are fully dry before using or else one runs the risk of mold.
Salves can be made for specific needs, or general use. They are for external use only. I use mine for everything: chapstick, dry hands/ feet, cuts and scrapes, and especially for when I am sick to keep my nose from becoming raw.
HOW TO MAKE OIL-
There are a few different ways to do it, the key to all being to heat the oil for an extended time with the herb soaking in it.
Method 1: My favorite method is the simplest that uses the sun to heat and infuse the oil. Fill a jar with herb to no more than 3/4 full. Pour oil of your choosing into the jar, making sure to cover by two inches. Place in a warm sunny spot that gets sun all day and leave for two weeks. Strain and bottle.
Method 2: Since I live in rainy Portland, the above method only works for me in the summer. I use the stove (and will go over this method because it is the only one i have tried) but I know people who use crock pots and the oven. The problem with those is making sure the temperature stays low enough, about 130. Any indoor method you use is going to take several hours, but the stove seems to be the quickest.
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