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..