First of all you need to sterilize all jars and utensils you intend to use.
Fresh herbs must be slightly wilted before infusing. Any moisture in the oil will cause mold. Roots need to be thoroughly washed and chopped. Once picked. Place them on a clean paper towels to absorb any moisture from the plant. Also place one on top and gently press. Let it sit for a couple of hours and then place in the oil. You can use any oil, but Sweet Almond Oil is a great option as it’s not too expensive and is very similar to the skins natural makeup. Use 1 cup of fresh herbs or ½ cup of dried in 250mls of oil. Stir to make sure the herbs are fully immersed in the oil. Leave ½ inch head space and cap tightly. Place in an area where the jar receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day. Each day, remove the cap carefully and wipe the top of the jar with a paper towel to remove any moisture that may have accumulated. Also shake the jar once daily. Allow to set for at least 1-2 weeks. From there you take the jar and pour into another sterilized jar through a sieve and cheesecloth. Squeeze the herb to make sure you get the good nutrients from the plant. Look carefully at the jar for any bits of herbs remaining. You may have to strain again. Add 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E an ¼ teaspoon Rosemary Oil Extract to each 250ml jar of finished oils to prevent oxidation/rancidity. From there you can use as is, or repeat the infusing process to obtain a stronger infusion.
I like to infuse my oils at least 4 times.
And that’s it … ready to use
How to Infuse Oils for Health and Wellbeing
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18 October 2006
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