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Infused Herbal Oils to Heal and Repair you Skin

Infused Herbal Oils to Heal and Repair you Skin

January 30, 2016

Why Infused Herbal Oils?

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.

Herbal Oils 

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:

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Apricot Oil 
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil 

Herbs to use for Infusion 

  • Calendula Flowers
  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Chamomile
  • Rose Petals
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

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.

herbal oil infused

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.

How to Infuse Herbal Oils

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.


infused herbal oil

Cold “Infused Oil”  Recipe

  1. Infuse your favorite herbs into your oil of choice (prefer organic olive oil)
  2. Combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave 4-6 weeks, shaking daily for the first two weeks 
  3. Strain her herbs out of the oil by pouring through a cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil out.
  4. Discard the herbs.

straining herbal oil

Creating your Salve  

  1. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler with the beeswax and any additional carrier oils that you would prefer (sweet almond oil and hempseed are great additions to a great salve) until melted and mixed. Add your own essential oil blend.
  2. Pour into small tins, glass jars or lip balm tubes and use on bites, stings, cuts, or other wounds as needed.

herbal salve

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