Herbal Oils

Oils infused with herbs. For carrier oils and ingredients, view Carrier Ingredients

Base Recipe

  • Fill jar 3/4 way full with herbs

  • Top off with oil, within 1/4" from top of jar

  • Let sit in sunny spot for 3-4 weeks

  • Strain and put in air-tight container.

Organized Alphabetically

Calendula Oil

From: Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide by Rosemary Gladstar

  • Prep time: 3-8 months

  • Shelf life: Year

  • Uses: Rashes, eczema, cosmetics

Ingredients

  • calendula buds, dried

  • olive oil (for medicinal) or grapeseed, almond, or apricot kernel oil (for cosmetic)

Making

  1. Fill glass quart jar three-quarters full with calendula buds. Fill the jar to within an inch of the top with oil of choice. Place the jar in a warm spot (near a sunny window is fine) and let sit for 3-4 weeks.

  2. Strain and pour into a glass jar or bottle. Store in a cool, dark location, where it will keep for a year. Can be refrigerated.

Variation For double-strength: When straining, add a fresh batch of calendula buds to the oil and let it infuse for 3-4 more weeks.

Using

Apply to skin for rashes, eczema, or swollen lymph glands. Good for massage oil or for any cosmetic recipe that calls for oil.

Calming Herbal Oil

From: Crone Vibes: A Year of Recipes and Rituals

  • Prep time: 3-4 weeks

  • Shelf life: Year

  • Uses: For anti-inflammation and calming skin issues

  • Warnings: For external use only

Ingredients

  • Clean glass quart jar

  • 2 parts dried rosemary

  • 1 part dried violet leaves

  • Apricot oil

Making

  1. Fill glass quart jar halfway with rosemary. Add violet leaves until jar is three-quarters full. Fill the jar to within an inch of the top with apricot oil. Make sure oil covers all the dried herbs; herbs exposed to air will grow mold and you’ll have to toss the whole infusion out. Place the jar in a sunny spot and let sit for 3-4 weeks.

  2. After 3-4 weeks strain and pour into a glass jar or bottle. Store in a cool, dark location.

Variation Use portion of the oil to make a salt rub or skin balm.

Using

Apply to dry skin. Good for massage oil.

Herb Notes

  • Rosemary: Anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, relieves stress.

  • Violet leaves: Anti-inflammatory, helps skin irritations.

Garlic Herb Oil

Edible, so it is is Medicinal Food