Making herbal oil at home is simple, and requires no more than dried herb, oil and warm sunlight. They are a great way to utilize the healing properties of plants and transform them into healing, soothing and relaxing medicinal preparation. Used for hundreds of years for their abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, herb infused oils are extremely useful and practical to have on hand.
BENEFITS OF HERBAL OILS
Unlike essential oils they are easy to make at home and very gentle on the skin and hair. You can use them to make massage oils, facial serums, healing salves, lip balms, hair treatments, soaps and used them even as cleansing agent. You can use a variety of different oils as the base for the infusion. Olive oil is classic for the leafy herbs and have long shelf life, sweet almond makes great base for creams and jojoba is well absorbed and suitable for a variety of applications.
Herbs have a number of overall benefits for your body nourishing it with vitamin and mineral content. Arnica infused oil is great cure for bruises, muscle soreness and also helps to speed healing of injuries. St. John’s Wort oil combined with Lavender flowers makes topical remedies for rashes, minor burns and sunburns, diaper rash, cuts and bruises.
Calendula infused oil is excellent for all skin preparations and extremely suitable for baby lotions, skin moisturizers, as well as in soothing remedies like healing salves. You can also use rosemary, peppermint, comfrey or your favorite herb.
There are two different ways to do herbal oil: through sun infusion and through stove infusion. The first method is most preferred because it is natural and seems to produce stronger, more potent oils. The stove-infusion method is known to work better with roots, seeds, or woody herbs – substance that don’t extract or give up their properties easily.
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