One of the more popular and often used ways to utilize natural herbs are herbal infused oil. An herbal infused oil (sometimes referred to as a “macerated oil”) is a carrier oil that has already been infused with the beneficial goodness of a specific herb or a floral essence. By allowing flowers and herbs to infuse into the carrier oil for a specified length of time, the plant can extract most of the herb’s beneficial and medicinal properties into a usable state often, much more easily than a pure extract would be. You can take an herbal infused oil with many different uses; it’s simply a matter of finding the one that is right for you.
I have often used herbal infused oils with essential oils for a variety of different ailments in my practice. I will take a half-pint of flower or herb liquid for coughs and colds and fill a clean, quart-size glass jar with it. For sore throats and allergies, I will add a half-pint of flower or herb liquid to a half-pint of carrier oil and fill the jar with water. To apply to a sore throat, I will put a little bit of oil under my tongue, hold it there for about 30 seconds, and then blow hard with my mouthpiece. This works great for minor problems that respond well to infusions.
Boiling A Kettle Of Herbal Infused Oil
If you want to infuse an entire bottle of carrier oil with a variety of different herbs, you can do so by boiling the kettle of herbal infused oil, stirring it very gently, and adding the carrier oil while it’s still hot. This allows you to make a really tasty tea, much like you can get at your local cafe. You can strain out the leaves after the brewing process and keep them in the refrigerator for a few days, which will help the leaves go longer without losing flavor. Once you’ve strained the herbal infusion, pour it into a clean jar, and let it sit for about two weeks. You can strain again and serve your tea with plenty of fresh filtered water and some whipped cream.
For a quick view on how the herbal infused oil helps relieve dry skin, headaches, rashes, it promotes healing of the capillaries underneath the skin, helps ease inflammation of small and large wounds, and helps relieve the symptoms of many stomachs and intestinal complaints. It also stimulates the lymphatic system and helps drain toxins from the body. This is the perfect carrier oil if you are traveling and expect to suffer from diarrhea, dehydration, or severe stomach cramps.
A quick view of how the herbal infused oil helps relieve bruises is that it contains capsaicin derived from chili peppers. Capsaicin helps to burn off the skin’s outer layers and helps relieve pain, swelling, and discomfort from burns. If you have been in an accident and need quick relief, this is a great choice to use. The oils can be applied to minor and serious burns, bandages, and the affected area must be cleaned with antibacterial soap and water right away for the capsaicin to work effectively.
For a quick view on how the herbal infused oil helps heal varicose veins, pulleys, or arthritis, consider using a blend of grapefruit seed extract, avocado oil, and comfrey. All three combine to form a powerful natural treatment for conditions like these. The antioxidants in the avocado oil and grapefruit seed extract improve circulation. At the same time, the comfrey increases the internal flow of bile and eliminates waste products from the liver and digestive tract. The final step is to blend into a clean glass jar, fill it with clean water, and add a few drops of essential oils, such as eucalyptus or marjoram. The oils will quickly begin to infuse the jar with a sweet scent, and the combination of dried herbs and vegetable oil will help the healing process go faster.
In addition to using herbal infused oils to treat various ailments, you can also use them to infuse herbs with other items. The oils can make a delicious potpourri or add to recipes to give them extra flavor. You may not realize the many ways that they can be used, but there are a few simple ones that you should try today. If you use the proper oils, you can create various concoctions, including those that will provide relief from colds, flu symptoms, and even pain.
Many of the ingredients necessary to make infused oils can be found at home, but you can purchase them fairly inexpensively from specialty shops and online stores if you don’t have them.
You can also save money by making your infusions, although many people choose to purchase them from local grocers and pharmacies. Regardless of how you choose to make your herbal infused oil, the important thing is that you know what you’re doing. Many people do not pay enough attention to these products’ safety instructions, which is why many people end up with bad tasting, unstable infusions. With a little care and attention, however, you can create high quality, tasty, and safe infusions that will provide you with everything that you need to make great homemade recipes, as well as great gifts for friends and family members.