Herbal Oil Infusions for Beauty Treatments

Herbal Oil Infusions

How to make Herbal Oil Infusions for Beauty Treatments to use in home made Creams, Lip Balms, Salves, Massage Oils and more.

Herbal Oil Infusions

There are 2 types of Oil Infusions you can make

The process of infusing the oils is the same for both types, but the ingredients used can be very different. To make Oil Infusions to use in Beauty Treatments you want to use oils, herbs and spices that are good for your skin.

Best Oils to use in Herbal Oil Infusions

There are 5 Oils commonly used in Beauty Treatment Infusions.

Coconut Oil is usually solid when purchased but can be Fractionated which keeps the oil liquid. It has antibacterial and moisturising properties and it’s my favourite choice. It can be purchased from health shops like Holland and Barret, HomeBargains, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and online. My favourite is the one from HomeBargains. The price is right, it has a nice subtle smell and works well.

Olive Oil is also beneficial and a little easier to come by than Coconut Oil.

Safflower Oil ( Carthamus Tinctorius) – I have not used Safflower Oil, yet. It’s available on Amazon. Judging from the reviews it has from the brand I buy from its great for people with dry skin and Eczema. One buyer saw results within 3 to 5 days. It’s a very light oil and absorbs well into your skin. From £6.99 on Amazon, it’s a bit more expensive but versatile in homemade Hair, Skin and many other Beauty Products and Makeup removal.

Sunflower Oil is cheap to buy but doesn’t have many benefits. After you finished the infusion it can be upgraded by adding other beneficial oils like sweet almond oil, castor oil, Argan oil etc.

Vegetable Oil is the cheapest and like Sunflower Oil doesn’t have many benefits. It can also be upgraded after infusion.

Equipment you may need to make Herbal Oil Infusions

Slow Cooker: I have a triple pot slow cooker out of HomeBargains. For some recipes you need to warm up ingredients in separate pots at the same time. That slow cooker can save you some time making treatments and have dinner on 😉

Fine strainer, Nut Milk Bag or Cheesecloth to squeeze the used herbs out of the oil.

Bottles, Plastic or Glass Jars, Cream or Lip Balm Tins to store the finished products.

Choosing and Preparing the Herbs for your Infusion

Herbs can be used fresh or dried and its best to have a recipe to hand, especially if you are just starting out. Some ingredients aren’t cheap and you don’t want to waste the whole lot if you buggered up, winging it. You can find Links to my recipes at the end of this article.

Wash fresh herbs well and towel dry them. Then chop them into smaller bits. This way they infuse better.

Dry herbs can be crumbled up if they are not already ground up.

There are various herbs and spices that are great for topical (on the skin) use.

Plantain, Dandelion, Ginger Root or Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Rosemary, Arnica, Safflower, Aloe Vera, Turmeric, Lemon, Calendula Flowers, Echinacea, Comphrey and more.

How to make the Herbal Oil Infusion

Once you have all your ingredients together, place all your fresh or dry plants and or spices in the pot. Then add the Oil, stir well and leave to stand on the keep warm function of your slow cooker.

There is the long version to making Oil Infusions as well. For this you need to add all the ingredients into a glass jar and leave it to stand for 3 weeks to a month. I don’t have the patients for this method. If something ails me I want to be able to make a remedy pretty quick.

Once the Oil Infusion is done, you can use it as a massage oil or make it into lotions, creams, lip balms etc.

My Recipe Recommendations to make Herbal Oil Infusions

Cayenne and Ginger Pain Relieve Salve

Calendula After Sun and Burn Relieve Oil or Salve – coming soon

Comphrey Clear Skin Serum – coming soon

Herbal Oil Infusions for Cooking and Salad Dressings

Herbal Oil Infusions

How to make herbal infusions for cooking and salad dressings

Herbal Oil Infusions

There are 2 types of Herbal Infusions:

Herbal Infusions for food use:

There are various Oils you can use for Infusions. The most common ones are Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sunflower Oil and Rapeseed Oil. All of the oils infuse equally well but taste differently. So depending on your preference and if you want a healthy option, Olive Oil would be the best option for most people. Otherwise just go with the one you are most familiar with.

Olive Oil: Not my favourite on its own. Olive Oil has a distinct aftertaste but infused with herbs and spices they mask it a bit. It has various health benefits and can be integrated into diet plans.

Rapeseed Oil: Rapeseed Oil also has a distinct aftertaste

Sunflower Oil: Has a slightly nutty taste and is a bit cheaper than Olive, Safflower and Rapeseed Oils but a bit more expensive than vegetable oil.

Vegetable Oil is the most neutral in taste of the oils mentioned. It doesn’t have many health benefits and is also the cheapest.

Choosing herbs and spices

Once you have your Oil you have to choose the herbs and spices to infuse your oil with. Below are a few herbs and spices to start with:

  • Chilli or Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic (Peeled Cloves, sliced or chopped)
  • Ginger Root or Powder
  • Basil, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Cracked Pepper or Pepper Corns
  • Piment
  • Cloves

You can get quite creative with the ingredients. You can mix chilli and garlic or garlic and pepper, Basil and garlic. It depents on the flavours you like and what you want to use the oil for.

Infusing the Oil

There are 2 options to do this.

The Long Version is to put all your dry ingredients into a glass jar or bottle. Then fill the jar with the oil and close it tightly. Leave the jar to stand in a warm but not hot place for 3 weeks to a month. You can open the jar to taste your concoktion, add more ingredients and leave it to stand a little longer.

The Short Version uses a slow cooker on the keep warm function. Again, you add all your dry ingredients and then add the oil. Leave it for 4 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste it after 2 to 4 hours to see if it’s to your taste and add more ingredients, if needed.

Let the infusion cool and bottle it for later use.

Most of the oils have a shelve live of 12 months. This is how long your oil infusions will keep.

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