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how to infuse oils with herbs

Here's How to Infuse Oil for Homemade Skin Care

When infusing oils with flower petals and herbs you’re aiming for a 1:7 ratio. Use 7 ounces of carrier oil with 1 ounce of dried herbs/flowers/ or botanicals. Wanna make a big batch? Infuse 21 ounces of your chosen carrier oil with 3 ounces of dried herbs, flowers, or botanicals. (A single jar of body butter, needs ½ cup of your infused oil or 4 ounces.) A 21-ounce infusion is enough to make 5 jars of DIY Moisturizing, Skin Food Body Butter Jars, perfect for gift-giving. Plus, you'll have a little bit of leftover oil to use yourself!

4 Ways You Can Infuse

#1 Heat-Infusion

Herbs do best when not exposed to heat during the oil-infusion process because it doesn’t damage the medicinal properties. However, heat can be used as a shortcut for a shorter infusion time frame. While infusing, use a double-boiler method to prevent damaging the herbs. Temperatures should be kept low at roughly 100°F to 140°F. 

 

infusing oil with herbs with double boiler

 

#2 No-Heat Oil Infusion 

No-heat herbal infusions must be done in advance. Infusing olive oil (or try any other liquid carrier oil) and herbs of choice requires 4-6 weeks to extract the flower or herb’s essence. Vitamin E oil 

 

infusing oil with herbs for skin care

 

#3 Cold Infusion Alternatives If You Don't Have 4-6 Weeks

Alternatively, you can start the no-heat infusion process for your friend if you're short on time. Using the 1:7 ratio, place the herbs in the oil and then inside the gift basket. The instructions and the remaining ingredients can then be included in the gift basket.

 

#4 No DIY Oil-infusion Option 

In the event that you insist on giving a finished product, you can use essential oils. (However, homemade creates a far cleaner product because it contains fewer ingredients than store-bought, but we understand the holidays sneak up on everyone.) 


Herbs, Flowers, and Botanicals That Work Well in Lotion

Calendula Flower: perfect for protecting a healthy skin moisture barrier.

Rose: say hello to even skin texture. It’s a classic in skin care for a reason.

Dandelion Root: rich in vitamin C, dandelion root brightens and refines tired, dry skin.

Lavender Buds: improves body aches and smells so fresh.

Lemon Balm: this botanical is very effective in lotions and can boost blood circulation and tighten skin.

Chamomile Flowers: in skin care, it is believed to create a youthful glow and help with anti-aging.

Echinacea Angustifolia Herb: shown to reduce eczema symptoms and protect skin barrier.


Measuring it Out

When infusing oils with flower petals and herbs you’re aiming for a 1:7 ratio. Use 7 ounces of carrier oil with 1 ounce of dried herbs/flowers/ or botanicals. 

Wanna make a big batch? Infuse 21 ounces of your chosen carrier oil with 3 ounces of dried herbs/flowers/ or botanicals. (A single jar of body butter, needs ½ cup of your infused oil or 4 ounces.) A 21-ounce infusion is enough to make 5 jars of DIY Moisturizing, Skin Food Body Butter Jars, perfect for gift-giving. Plus, you'll have a little bit of leftover oil to use yourself!