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A flower oil is a remedy that has integrated the healing properties of fresh plants preserving and concentrating these qualities in liquid form. I believe flower oils can be effective and that energetically they are more in alignment with our own bodies electrical system.
Picking Fresh Ingredients
In making my oils, I use fresh ingredients. This makes it a seasonal activity and I pick the flowers and leaves all during the growing season. I leave a greater amount growing than I take. More on plants foraged for oils in the Pacific Northwest visit Inventory of a Backyard Forager.
Materials and Recipe
I use sterilized dry Mason jars (any size) and fill them just above 3/4’s full with the fresh flowers or leaves individually or a combination of leaves and flowers. I use olive or coconut oil in my recipes. I pour enough to cover it completely and then add some more. To begin with the plant material expands while it absorbs the liquid before it shrinks.
Each day I jostle the jar a few times to provide some movement through the plant materials. Some suggest letting this sit for 5 to 6 weeks in a sunny window before filtering and decanting. I have set it in a sunny window except through record heat waves. I monitor the heat and if it is too hot I do put them in a cooler place.
I let them set 6 weeks and then use cheesecloth and/or a coffee filter to strain them. On occasion I strain them more than once as a fine dust like material needs to be captured from the tincture. I strain them into a sterilized mason jar.
*Filtered plant material – I use the filtered plant material as a skin or hair oil before discarding.
I store the oil in a cool cupboard until I am ready to make salves and creams.
- The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants: An A-Z of Healing Plants and Home Remedies Hardcover – by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Author), Jason Irving (Author)- Feb 15 2017
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