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HERBAL OIL INFUSIONS
Oil infusions are a lovely way to borrow the healing properties of various herbs and plants. It is a simple process. Just jump right in and give it a try.
CHOP DRY PLANTS – into smaller pieces
FILL GLASS JAR HALF FULL – with dried plants
FILL TO THE TOP – with a carrier oil. I recommend OLIVE oil as it is readily available AND it has a nice long shelf life.
SET IN THE SUN – and let the plants warm up gently and infuse the oil. Invert regularly to ensure that the plant material is not sitting on top of the oil. Let infuse for 6 weeks.
STRAIN WITH CHEESECLOTH – and bottle into dry and sterilized amber bottles for storage. Store in a dark and cool place. It should keep for about one year.
Here are a few different plants/herbs that you might try. Which one looks good to you?
- CALENDULA FLOWERS – wonderful for sensitive skin
- COMFREY – strengthens and heals bones, tendons and ligaments
- LAVENDER – is wonderful for skin irritations; bug bites, minor cuts and scrapes. Also very good for relaxation
- ROSEMARY – good for aches and pains. Massage the infused oil into any sore muscles, or add 2 tsp to bathwater.