FREE SHIPPING OVER $75 - 3 SAMPLES SENT WITH EVERY ORDER - OUR PRODUCTS ARE PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA

Infused Oils Benefits And Warnings

by Kelli Parisian December 17, 2020

Infused Oils Benefits And Warnings

Infused Oil Benefits 

Let's begin by explaining just what an infused oil is, before we dive into how to make them and what you should be careful of.

An infused oil is where you gather an herb or flower (preferably dried) and soak it in a carrier oil ( learn all about carrier oils) for an extended period of time. This allows the beneficial chemical compounds from the herb to extract/infuse into the oil.

Once you’ve let the herbs soak, you then strain them off and the oil is ready to be used for many different body care purposes. They can also be used for culinary purposes. Keep reading :-)

Why Dried Herbs or Flowers Are Best

Fresh plant materials hold water and could cause bacterial growth and other nasties in your infusions. It's best to use dried flowers and dried herbs when infusing.

How To Properly Infuse A Carrier Oil 

There are several methods to infusing oils, but our favorite is the "folk" method which relies on the sun to naturally infuse oil with herbal properties. 

Directions

  1. Place dried herbs/flowers in a clean, dry quart jar. Leave at least 1 to 3 inches of open space above your herbs to cover with oil.
  2. Fill remaining space in jar with carrier oil of choice, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1 inch or more. If the herbs emerge above the surface of the oil at any point while infusing, pour more oil on top to ensure the herbs remain covered.
  3. Cap the jar tightly and shake well.
  4. Place jar in a sunny, warm windowsill and shake once or more per day.
  5. After 2 to 6 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil using cheesecloth or a fine strainer. Make sure to squeeze out as much of the precious oil as possible!
  6. Pour into clean glass bottles. 
  7. Be sure to label with the date, type of oil, and herbs used.
  8. Store in a cool, dark place. The oil may keep for up to a year. Vitamin E at up to a 1% concentration may also be added to prolong the shelf life or oils to be used topically.

This method is used for oils that will be topically applied to the skin.

For Culinary Purposes

Endless culinary possibilities exist for preparing and using herb and garlic-infused oils at home. Herbs are easy to grow in home gardens or containers, providing an inexpensive and plentiful supply for infusion.

Warning!

While it's tempting to infuse rosemary and other herbs with fresh cloves of garlic, keep in mind, infusing with fresh garlic can be tricky.

Infused oils have the potential to cause botulism. Before getting too creative, make sure your infused oils are safe to eat by following food safety guidelines. 

Here's a great article on how to properly infuse garlic into oil. 

Infusing Oils for Skincare

There are many wonderful benefits to infused oils for our skin. Herbs such as Calendula, Chamomile, Arnica flowers, and lavender flowers all have properties that support our wellness and benefit skin afflictions from dry skin to conditions like eczema.

This is the process I'm in the middle of for a salve I'll be creating for my precious granddaughter. 

I started with jojoba oil infused with wonderful organic wild calendula flowers.

 

jar oil calendula infused jojoba oil jar of calendula infused jojoba oil, infusing oils, benefits, warnings

The first image is day one of the oil infusion process. In the first photo, the petals are neat and oil is clear. Second image is 4 weeks later. I've shaken the jar daily, and stored on a windowsill.  The petals have become crushed a bit and now the oil is a lovely shade of pale orange. 2 more weeks to go!

Whether you're infusing oils for body care treatments, culinary purposes, or just the lovely scent of a lavender oil, enjoy the process and the gratification of a job well done.




Kelli Parisian
Kelli Parisian

Author

Kelli Parisian - Founder of Parisian's Pure Indulgence Organic Skin Care. Contributing writer to LivingBetter50 online Woman's Magazine. Come along with me, and learn how to have a healthy, vibrant, beautiful life after 50!


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Kelli's Blog

Ageless Aging - 7 Healthy Habits For Better Living After 50

by Kelli Parisian January 18, 2021

Mature woman in yoga pose for balance

Continue Reading

A Soul In Hurt

by Kelli Parisian January 11, 2021 5 Comments

sad woman looking out a window

 

Continue Reading

jar of jojoba oil and calendula petals
What Are Carrier Oils and Their Benefits?

by Kelli Parisian December 08, 2020

Continue Reading

See what people are saying!


My skin is glowing
It’s been almost two weeks since I started Retinol treatment. Wow, what a change, my skin is glowing! I’m noticing fine lines disappearing. I’m so impressed with all Parisians products but this is by far my favorite ~ Lynda F. CA

Great Product!
I have been using the Peptide Line Diminishing Eye Gel for several months now and have noticed that my eyes appear brighter and less “tired”. The puffiness is less and the skin under them is brighter. ~ Jeanne M. NC

Great for sore muscles/joints
Serenity Premium CBD Gel works for me! Highly recommend for relief from sore or strained muscles! I have an old ACL injury that acts up from time to time and this quiets the aches quickly. Smells nice without being too strong, too. ~ Connie M. HI

Platinum C gets a "A" from me!
I started using PPI's Platinum C about a year ago when I decided to dump the toxic department store brand from my beauty regimen.The Platinum C meets and exceeds my expectations and has kept my skin texture smooth, even and yes - YOUTHFUL!! The same type product in department stores would have cost me almost double what I pay for PPI. ~ Nicole R. CA