Infusing oils with medicinal herbs

September 16, 2015

To make salve, you need to make your herbal infused oil(s).  This will take several weeks, but once finished, the rest of the salve making process will only take minutes!

Here is a recipe for a skin healing recipe: this recipe is will help with bruises, cut, scrapes,  dry skin, scars and also fungus, so its pretty all purpose.

Herbs: We grow many of our herbs in the garden but when I need to order herbs I order them from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup calendula

1/2 cup comfrey

1/2 cup arnica

1/2 cup oregon grape

Extra Virgin Olive oil ( enough to fill up jar)

Jar to store herbs while infusing

Method:

Solar Method: When making herbal infused oils, I prefer the solar infused method.  Place dried botanicals into a dry and sterilized glass jar. Coarsely crush or grind herbs first, or adleast finely chop herbs and leave delicate flowers whole.  Cover with Extra Virgin Oil Oil , leaving at least 1-2” of oil above the herbs to allow the herbs to swell.  Cap the jar tightly and place in a sunny, warm window.  If desired, the jar can be covered with a bag or box so that the oil is not exposed to direct sunlight.  Shake the jar once or twice per day, or as often as you remember.  Allow to infuse for 4-6 weeks, or until the oil takes on the color and aroma of the herb.  Once the oil is ready, strain and bottle into dry and sterilized bottles for storage.  Make sure to squeeze as much oil as possible from the herbs so that you do not waste any precious oil!   Vitamin E may also be added to extend the shelf life.

Quick Method: Another way to infuse oils, which is sometimes necessary when herbal oils need to be created in a pinch, is the quick method which utilizes heat.  Much care needs to be taken when creating herbal oils this way because you do not want to deep-fry your herbs!  Place herbs in crock-pot, double boiler, or electric yogurt maker, and cover with EVO, leaving at least an inch or two of oil above the herbs.  Gently heat the herbs over very low heat  for 1-5 hours until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herb.   Turn off heat and allow to cool. Once that the oil is ready, strain, and bottle into dry and sterilized bottles for storage.  Store in a dark and cool place, Vitamin E may also be added to extend the shelf life.

Once your done with this you can go to the next step which is making the actual salve.

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