Oil Infusions for Medicinal Salves
I personally believe that there is an herbal remedy to nearly every ailment, and while these remedies are often served in the form of a tea, there are many different ways of preparing herbs so that their benefits can be reaped both internally and externally. One method is through creating oil infusions that can be mixed with butters and/or or wax to create a salve.
In my last post, I shared information about the benefits of red clover and included a recipe for a healing tea that I consume regularly. I also mentioned in the article that I would include a recipe for red clover soap/salve in my next post.
Well, in this post, I have something even more. I will show you how to make your own oil infusion so that you can create customized herbal skincare. You can use red clover, or any other herb that you know of, to create a healing oil infusion that you can add to many different skin and hair preparations. Best of all, you don’t need many ingredients at all. All it takes is some herbs, a high quality oil, and a mason jar. If you want to make a stove-top infusion, you will also need a double boiler.
I will be providing two different methods so you can choose which ones best suit your needs.
Solar Infused Oil
The first recipe is for a solar infused oil. This is exactly how it sounds. It is an oil that uses sunlight to infuse the healing properties of the herbs into the oil.
It’s an awesome, back-to basics method of infusing oil, that is basically fool-proof. I learned this method from Rosemary Gladstar in her book, Medicinal Herbs. It is a great starter book if you are interested in herbalism. I have used this method so many times to make healing oils for my soaps. You can also use infused oils to make marinades, salad dressings, and more!
Follow the steps below to make your own solar-infused oil.
- Place a handful of desired herbs in a wide-mouthed jar and cover with a high-quality oil.
- Place the jar in direct sunlight for at least 2 weeks.
- Strain herbs using cheesecloth.
- Pour finished oil into a bottle and give it a label that includes the type of oil and the date it was made.
- Be careful to keep finished oil in a cool, dark place to maintain it's integrity.
Stovetop Infused Oil
- Place chopped herbs in a double boiler.
- Pour quality cooking oil like grapeseed or olive oil on top of the herbs. The oil should rise about 2 inches above the herbs.
- Simmer herbs on slow, low heat for 45-60 minutes. The longer the oil simmers, the stronger the oil will be.
- Strain herbs using cheesecloth.
- Pour finished oil into a bottle with a label that includes the type of oil and the date it was made.
- Be careful to keep the finished oil in a cool, dark place to maintain the integrity of the oils.
As I said before, you can add infused oils to a multitude of skin and hair preparations. Below is the recipe for an eczema salve using red clover and burdock infused oils.
Feel free to adjust the recipe according to your needs. You can create a salve for so many different ailments; the sky is truly the limit!
Momma Phoenix’s Eczema Salve
- Using a double boiler, melt 4 oz of shea butter on low heat. Avoid letting the shea butter get too hot, because excessive heat will kill the healing properties of the shea.
- Add 1.5 teaspoons of burdock-infused grapeseed oil.
- Add 1.5 teaspoons of red clover-infused oil.
- Add 5 drops of neem essential oil.
- Pour melted oil mixture into 4 oz jar.
- Place jar into the freezer for 20-30 minutes so that it solidifies smoothly.
- Remove from freezer and enjoy.
You can purchase pure, West-African shea butter from my online shop under soap making essentials.
Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar
Alkaline Herbal Medicine: reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body by Aqiyl Aniys
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