infusion, not to be confused with transfusion!
OK, yes I'm afraid herbs and flowers beginning with I are a bit hard to find. There is Iris, of course and Irish Moss, which is quite lovely; but that's about it as far as my memory bank goes (not that my memory is all that great by any means...).
Nevertheless, today I'm going to tell you how to make an infusion of herbs in oil. (If you read this post at The Renegade Farmer last week please don't tell Mrs. Matlock! Have you seen that look she gets when she's not happy, she's scary! And besides, I did write this myself, it's not like I'm copying someone elses homework, you know) .
So, here we go ...
Herb Infused Oils
Creating your own herb infused oils is easy to do and only takes a few items.
You will need herbs, a good quality oil like olive or almond, and a jar or other covered container (preferably glass).
There are many herbs that can be used to create herbal oils for skincare, healing wounds, soothing bumps and bruises, and so forth. Calendula makes an excellent oil for the skin, and is what is pictured above. I am also making Comfrey oil and Arnica oil for easing bumps, bruises, and muscle aches and pains. If you are just getting started making herbal oils, dried herbs are less tricky to work with and what I use most often.
I make my herbal oils using what is known as the simpler’s method, which is really quite simple!
Place the desired amount of herb into a jar. (Use a jar that will be filled almost to the top when the oil is added, too much air space can sometimes cause a problem with spoilage.)
Cover the herbs completely with oil adding enough to cover by about an inch or so.
Cover your jar with a lid.
Place it in a sunny spot to infuse for 2 weeks.
Shake your jar several times a day to stir things up a bit and help the herbs infuse.
After 2 weeks, strain the oil through a piece of cheesecloth or muslin fabric into a clean container.
If you want an extra strong infusion, add more herbs and let it sit for another 2 weeks and then strain again.
Now you have a beautiful herbal oil to use!
If you’d like a nice fragrance, you can add a few drops of an essential oil to the jar. I like to use lavender essential oil when making skin care products. It smells wonderful and is good for the skin, as well.
I hope you will try creating your own herbal oils, it is a fun activity and the resulting infusion is a lovely thing!
*Herbs can also be infused in water, resulting in a lovely herbal tisane or tea; but I'll save that for another day.
OK, now that my homework is done, I'm off to the zoo with my children ... perhaps we'll see an Ibis or an Ibex, or some other Incredibly Interesting creature!
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