I am an aspiring herbalist and want to share my knowledge because I believe everyone should be able to be in charge of their health and vitality. Please ask me things, I don't know a whole lot yet, but am learning everyday and would love to try and help.
This is also just a place for things I find beautiful and for me to write lil ditties about my life.


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.
YOU WILL NEED:
Double boiler or two pots that fit inside each other or a pot and glass bowl
Herbs. Your choice. Think about what you want to use the oil for— all-purpose, specific thing, ingredient for another herbal concoction, just for funsise?
Oil of your choosing. Olive is good, but has a strong odor and is not super fast absorbing into the skin. Apricot kernel, coconut, avocado, or sweet almond are recommended. Only use extra virgin.
HOW TO:
Make or use your double boiler and fill halfway with water.
Place herbs in inside pot or bowl.
Cover herbs with oil, enough to cover by about two inches.
Turn heat on low, you want the water to simmer not boil.
Leave covered for about 2-4 hours
Strain and bottle

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.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Double boiler or two pots that fit inside each other or a pot and glass bowl
  • Herbs. Your choice. Think about what you want to use the oil for— all-purpose, specific thing, ingredient for another herbal concoction, just for funsise?
  • Oil of your choosing. Olive is good, but has a strong odor and is not super fast absorbing into the skin. Apricot kernel, coconut, avocado, or sweet almond are recommended. Only use extra virgin.

HOW TO:

  1. Make or use your double boiler and fill halfway with water.
  2. Place herbs in inside pot or bowl.
  3. Cover herbs with oil, enough to cover by about two inches.
  4. Turn heat on low, you want the water to simmer not boil.
  5. Leave covered for about 2-4 hours
  6. Strain and bottle
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