One of the things I like, is herbs herbs, and MORE HERBS.
Herbs are nature's healers and comforters. And if you haven't already guessed, my household is only Au Naturelle, from our cleaning supplies down to our medicine cabinet.
One of the most interesting things I have done is that I have began infusing oils. I found this awesome wholesale company called Frontier where I was able to buy herbs in bulk. They have a wide selection of herbs, and also coupons for repeat customers.
Infused oils can be used in soapmaking, but not just for their scent quality, but their benefits. They can also be used as natural colorants, depending on the herb that is used.
You can liken infused oils to the making of tea. When you boil regular water with a specific herb, what occurs to the water? The herb infuses with the water. So, let's take chamomile for instance. Both German and Roman Chamomile are wonder herbs, said to calm frayed nerves, treat various digestive disorders, relieve muscle spasms, and to treat a range of skin conditions and mild infections. In the same way you can transfer these same benefits to a carrier oil, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil. From there, it can be used as a massage oil or in soap.
If you decide to infuse your own oils, it's best to use Grape-seed oil. Why? Because the aroma is virtually not there. I once used Extra Virgin Olive Oil to infuse Peppermint Oil, and although I could smell a lovely peppermint aroma, the olive oil aroma stuck around ( and I mean STUCK AROUND). If you are going to use olive oil I recommend using a less virgin oil.
I also recommend using dried herbs because it reduces the molding factor. And trust me, you DO NOT want to wake up one morning and see a mason jar full of fuzzy nasties. Fresh herbs are great, but make sure that they are slightly wilted, washed, and dried before placing them in any oil.
So, now, you may want the instructions right? I have made three batches of infused oils recently, so if you want to start, and don't want to use the herbs I talk about today, be sure to research the benefits and properties of the oils and herbs you are using, to find what's best for you.
Get three sterilized mason jars and get started. It's sooooo easy. Get some herbs, a carrier oil, and whatever amount you are using, make sure you use enough oil to cover them.
Rose Pedal Infused oil:
In this batch I used dried rose pedals, and it's on what I call its second strength cycle. When you make IOs, you can use solar infusion or heat infusion. Solar infusion just involves placing the herbs in a carrier oil, and letting it sit in a sunny window for a while. The more days you leave it, the more potent it will be. Hot infusion just involves sticking the mason jar (after you have your herbs and oil in it it) in hot water (kind of like how you boil tea). You can also make the oil more potent by repeating the process every few weeks. So I did the hot process, then let the roses sit for a few weeks. Then, I strained out the roses, and put a new batch of roses in it. I'll keep doing this until I get to the potency I want.
Peppermint Infused Oil
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