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Making Infused Oils

Many people know and have heard of or used essential oils, but what are infused oils? And why are they something to consider instead of essential oils? Read on to find out why and how to make them! 

The main reason infused oils are well worth considering are because they only use a small amount of plant material, essential oils use huge amounts of material which, especially if you are hoping to make your own is a huge benefit, having the space to grow the amount of flowers and herbs needed for essential oils makes it a really hard job!

Essential oils need to be treated with real caution – they are great but extremely potent, essential oils used internally or directly on the skin can cause huge amounts of damage, infused oils can be taken safely both internally and undiluted on the skin.

 

Many people are finding huge benefits from using the more subtle scents of infused oils instead of essential oils, and given that they are really easy to make there is no reason you cant make the switch too while also saving yourself a lot of money in the process!

 

HOW TO MAKE

You will need:

Some fresh plans/flower material – this could be calendula, pine needles, dandelion, burdock, plantain, arnica etc.

Scissors

A clean jar with a lid that does up very tight

Olive oil (if you can use your own homemade olive oil all the better!)

Labels & pens

A glass bowl

You first need to harvest your plant material, the best time to do this is after all the dew has been dried off by the sun, in the heat of the day when the flowers are open, if it has been raining you really ideally need to wait 48 hours after the last rain before taking any plant materials, if the plants are wet they will mould in the oil.

Chop up the roots, leaves or flowers of your chosen plant and pack it into your clean, dry jar so it is filled right up, press down and ensure the jar is well packed with your chosen plant, top up with olive oil until the jar is totally full, using the pointy end of a knife or a chopstick can be helpful here, you want to ensure there aren’t lots of air bubbles inside.

Put your lid on tightly, label the jar clearly and put the jar in your small bowl (this will stop the oil seeping out and damaging a surface the jar is sat on. Leave your jar out of the sun for 6 weeks, tip it up periodically if you remember, but don’t worry if you forget (I usually forget!)

After six weeks you can strain your oil into smaller clean bottles by tipping the oil through a clean sterilised muslin fabric square, keep the bottles out of sunlight and away from heat sources!

USING YOUR OILS

You can use oils to ease bruises, burns, sore muscles, insect bites and stings and general aches and pains, you can also apply them after bathing to moisturise and even as salad dressings!

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