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Hill Country Herbalist: Making Infused Oils

Hill Country Herbalist: Making Infused Oils
One of the basic components in making natural homemade products that are good for you and nutrient rich is infused oils. Infused oils can be any one of your favorite carrier oils, i.e., extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. I typically use extra virgin olive oil for it's long shelf life, but many people rely on grapeseed oil for its light texture and affordability. Mindy Green recommends olive oil and coconut oil for a longer shelf life and I agree. So, what's an infused oil? Here's a simple process you can follow so you can make wonderful infused oils at home. Here's a picture of the "marc" - basically depleated of it's plant powers and ready for composing. As you know, I grow lots of yummy herbs in the garden and here are some of the infused oils I've made just from what I've grown: Although I don't grow enough Calendula to harvest all I would need to make an infusion, I do buy it organically from Mountain Rose Herbs and let me tell you..

Patchouli Essential Oil Profile, Benefits and Uses Home Page > Essential Oil Profiles > Patchouli Essential Oil I'm not alone in my fondness for Patchouli Essential Oil... Despite its aroma being an "acquired taste" (so to speak) for some, Patchouli Oil is remarkably versatile. I use Patchouli Oil in skin care applications, emotionally in diffuser blends, romantically in sensual blends, spiritually at times for meditation, and in making natural personal fragrances. Unlike most essential oils that oxidize and diminish in therapeutic and aromatic quality over time, Patchouli Essential Oil improves with age like a fine wine. Often associated with the hippies and the 1960s, the fragrance of Patchouli Essential Oil is rich, earthy and grounding. Patchouli thrives in tropical regions and can be found in Hawaii, regions of Asia and other tropical areas of the world. Aromatic Description: Rich, earthy, woody aroma with a nearly hidden fruity note. < Return to Essential Oil Profile Index

TLC Style "Aromatherapy Massages: How do they work?" If you're feeling stressed, sore and overtired -- in other words, in need of a massage -- but you're not quite in the mood for a strenuous muscle-kneading session, an aromatherapy massage could be right up your alley. The purpose of an aromatherapy massage is not so much to physically work out all the kinks and sore spots in your body, but to use the restorative properties of essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind. Essential oils are 100 percent natural, highly concentrated plant essences. There are more than 3,000 essential oils out there, each with its own therapeutic qualities. Stress: lavender, clary sage, lemonInflammation: German chamomile, helichrysumInsomnia: Roman chamomile, clary sage, marjoram, patchouliLack of energy: eucalyptus, grapefruit, lemongrass, rosemaryDepression: nutmeg, lemon, bergamot, anise Other oils can have purifying, calming, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, soothing and even euphoric effects.

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