by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com
A flower oil is a remedy that has infused the properties of fresh plants preserving and concentrating their qualities in liquid form. I believe flower oils can be effective and that energetically they are in alignment with our own bodies electrical system. Have you ever considered that any product you use on your skin and hair is absorbed into your internal organs?
Infused oils can be used in recipes, as massage oils and in skin & hair products.
Picking Fresh Ingredients
In making my oils, I use fresh ingredients. This makes it a seasonal activity. I pick the flowers and leaves during their growing season ensuring to leave a greater amount growing than I take. Here is a list of fresh plants that have been explored:
- Bay Flower
- English Daisey
- Mullein Flower
- Mullein Leaf
- Mullein Root
- Oregon Grape
- Rosemary Flower
- Self Heal
- Shasta Daisy
- Tea Tree
- White Birch
- Wild Violet
- Yellow Dock
More on plants foraged for oils in the Pacific Northwest visit Inventory of a Backyard Forager.
- Any size mason or recycled Jars with lids
- Almond, Coconut, Olive
- Plant Material – enough to fill jar 3/4’s full
7 Steps to infuse natural oils
1st Step – Jars
Sterilize the jars by boiling them in a large pot or canning pot for 5 minutes to create steam. Let dry and cool to room temperature.
2nd Step – Plants
Fill dried jars 3/4’s full with your fresh flowers or leaves.
Currently I do not combine different species of plants. My interest is in exploring and learning about one plant at a time. I do combine the oils however when making products that I use.
3rd Step – Oil
Pour to cover plant material completely and continue to fill to the top of the jar. Filling your jar with oil leaves less room for oxygen which reduces the chances of mold growing.
I have noticed that to begin with the plant material expands as it absorbs the liquid and then shrinks down in size.
4th Step – Setting
Some suggest letting the plant and oil set for 5 to 6 weeks in a sunny window before filtering and decanting, while others suggest a warm place out of the sun.
I have set it in a sunny window (except through record heat waves), in a window that receives the morning sun and on a counter out of the sun. I believe that the sun’s solar heat speeds up the process and adds it’s own benefits to the oil and plant mixture, however it also heats the oil up which could speed the process up to just a few weeks. I prefer a window with morning sun as I love having the oil where I can see it and my choice is to not have it get as hot as in the full sun.
5th Step – Jostling
It is recommended to lightly jostle them each day to move the material about.
This step is my favorite! I love jostling the jars each day as I can observe the changes inside.
6th Step – Filtering
Use cheesecloth and/or a coffee filter to strain the oil and *plant material into a sterilized mason jar. If necessary strain the oil a couple of times to remove any fine dust like material.
*Filtered plant material – I use the filtered plant material as a skin or hair oil before discarding.
7th Step – Storing
Store the oil in a cool cupboard or fridge until ready to use making salves and creams. I have had oil stored for up to a year with no complaints.
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- 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
- Herbal Cosmetics – Recipes for Hair, Face and Body Preparations You Can Make from Your Garden & Kit by Author Jim Long
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.