Now that it's late spring, you've probably got your garden well on its way! Whether you've got a vegetable garden, herbal garden, flower garden, or a combination (our favorite!), you've probably planted it with purpose and have big plans for the final product!
Many types of herbs and flowers can provide quite wonderful benefits for your body, both internally and externally. If used correctly, they can give nourishing vitamins and minerals and often have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Depending on whether you want to use them for skin and scalp care or internally for sickness prevention, culinary purposes, or overall body wellness, will determine how you move forward with their use! Below are a few DIY ideas for both routes!
Different Methods for Making Oil Infusions
Making infused oils is a great way to put herbs and flowers to beneficial use! These oils can then be used directly on the skin and scalp or used in recipes for soap, lotion bars, salve, chap-stick, face creams, makeup, and bath salts. You can also use infused oils for culinary purposes! For example, you could infuse your olive oil with rosemary, garlic, basil, or any culinary herbs for an extra flavor kick!
Below are some popular methods to make infused oils. They will vary slightly. For all strategies, although you can use fresh herbs and flowers, it's best to used dried plants. Fresh ones have a higher water content, which can lead to the oil turning rancid more quickly.
For all methods below, you will need:
Simple Sun Infused Oil
This is the old-folk practice and traditional way to make infused oil. It can be used both for culinary and body care oils. Please make sure the herbs/flowers you are using are safe for what you intend them for!
If you prefer not to place your oil directly in the sunlight, you can either place a paper bag over the jar or put it in a cool dark place. This way will take a few weeks longer, though.
Double-boiler Infused Oil
This method can be used if you need infused oils in a much shorter time frame of time. You will also need a double boiler and kitchen thermometer.
Alcohol Intermediary Infused Oil (External Use Only!)
This is the quickest way to make infused oils, as it only takes 24 hours. It has the benefit of being much less prone to contamination than those infused using the other two methods described above. It cannot be used for culinary/medicinal purposes, only topical. You will need organic whole grain alcohol such as Everclear or vodka, a blender, and a heat-safe glass bowl.
Popular Herbs and Flowers For Infusing Oils
These are some of the popular flowers and herbs for making infusions. Of course, there are many more! You can even mix multiple herbs and or flowers in the same oil for extra nourishment!
Garden Kits For Herbs and Flowers
We have multiple kits available that would be perfect for growing to use in infused oils!
Our Culinary Herbs Seed Set comes with 10 popular herbs used for cooking: Genovese Basil Seeds, Chives, Coriander / Cilantro, Dill, Oregano, Large Leaf Italian Parsley, Sage, English Thyme, Arugula, and Mint (Mentha Piperita).
Our Herbal Tea Garden Seed Set comes with 10 popular herbs used for making tea, decoctions, and medicinal purposes: Cinnamon Basil, Echinacea, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lemon Balm, Dandelion, Lavender, Fennel, Chamomile & Catnip.