I love to infuse botanical herbs and various other plants. Herbal infused oils contains all the healing and healthy benefits of the herb used. These healing infused oils can be used as a base for homemade salves, ointments, lotions, or creams. Oils infused with herbs are a lovely way to utilize the healing properties of plants. Unlike essential oils, they are easy to make at home and are very gentle on the skin.
Herbs are a great way to add extra nutrients and therapeutic properties to your oil.One of my favorite herbs to infuse is Calendula Flowers. I recently made a homemade salve for myself when I had an insect bite and for a friend, after getting a new tattoo she wanted a healing salve that would heal her skin under the tattoo. I infused calendula flowers with comfrey leaf to make an anti-microbial botanical base with powerhouse oils to heal and repair the skin. I also made a herbal baby oil, Nourish, for my friend who is a new mom (herbal oils are amazing for babies skin)
Some of my favorite oils to use for infusion:
Herbs to use for Infusion
My personal favorite herb is calendula flowers, it is also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, it has been used for centuries for wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has properties that make it useful for minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, bee stings, rashes (especially diaper rash), and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. It is gentle enough to use for babies and children.
Comfrey Leaf, also known as knit-bone, strengthens and heals the skin. Comfrey in Latin means “knitting together”. Comfrey is the ideal healer for wounds, sores, bruises, sore joints and broken bones. Much of the beneficial properties of comfrey are attributed to its high content of allantoin, a substance that promotes new skin cell growth, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and maintain healthy skin. Comfrey ointments have been used to heal bruises and pulled muscles and ligaments.
I infused my calendula flowers and comfrey leaf with oils of Organic Olive Oil and Organic Sweet Almond Oil. Oils should be stored out of direct sunlight in a cool environment. After infusing your oils, place the glass jar on a bright sunny windowsill. I stir the oils every day for two weeks then leave to infuse for another two to four, that’s four to six weeks in total. After the 4-6 weeks, I strain her herbs out of the oil by pouring through a cheesecloth. Then the healing begins by making an all natural and healing salve for your skin. FYI, add your favorite essential oils to create a powerhouse healing salve. The calendula flower and comfrey leaf salve is naturally antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and astringent. Use it for your cuts, scrapes, insect bites, after tattoo ointment and other skin irritations.