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Creating Herbal infusions is easy - just gather a few basic items and create your own herbal infused oils today

Making the Most of your Carrier Oils {how to infuse herbs}

Plant Therapy Infusing Herbs with Carrier Oils to Compliment Essential Oils DIY


Infusing herbs can be a great way to make the most of your carriers and compliment the use of essential oil in your homemade products!

For example, arnica is great for sore muscles and stiff joints as well as being useful for bruising. Perfect for a muscle rub for high school or college sports players. When combined with marjoram, it can provide soothing relief for sore muscles. Another great example is comfrey, which is excellent for bone health and can be useful when dealing with a break or fracture, combined with essential oils for pain management it’s a winning combination. Calendula is soothing for the skin and Chamomile is wonderful for itching, irritated skin. The list is endless!

A great resource for all things herbal is The Herbal Academy of New England. I have taken the Intermediate Herbal Course through their on-line school. It’s a fantastic course and I really learned a lot. Of course, as with essential oils, learning about herbs is a lifelong pursuit. This is a great start! You can learn about different herbs that may boost the blends you are currently making or learn about something new!

Why don’t we take a closer look HOW to create herbal infusions.
Plant Therapy How to Create Herbal Infusions DIY
Creating Herbal infusions is easy – just gather a few basic items and create your own herbal infused oils today!

What you’ll need:

  • Carrier Oil
  • Herb of choice
  • Glass jar, quart size is preferable
  • Lid for glass jar
  • Cheesecloth (not immediately, but necessary for straining later)
  • Additional, smaller, jar for storage

What you’ll do:

  1. Add herb of choice to your quart jar
  2. Pour carrier oil over your herbs until they are covered
  3. Choose method below to complete the process
  4. Use this infused carrier to boost the benefits in your essential oils blends!

 

There are two different methods you may use cold (or solar) infusion and heat infusion.

The first method, you simply add the herbs and oil to your jar and allow to sit in a warm place for approximately 6 weeks. Strain, bottle and store in a cool dark place until ready for use.

For the second method, add herbs and oil to your jar then place in a heatproof pan in the oven. TO prepare your oven, heat to 250 degrees then turn it off when you place the jar inside. Allow the jar to remain in the oven, closed, for 24 hours. Remove the jar, strain and store in a cool dark place. Additionally, you may add the oil and herbs directly to a pan on the stove, set to low) and warm that way. Be very careful not to overheat (or burn) your oils/herbs. Heat for approximately 45-60 minutes. Once cool, strain and store in a cool, dark place.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about herbal infusions. Herbal learning and essential oils go well together, and many times compliment each other beautifully. There are many benefits to using essential oils, but sometimes they simply aren’t the answer you need. For those times, we turn to herbs and food to be truly holistic and to live vibrantly!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact on of our on-staff aromatherapists at [email protected]

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30 thoughts on “Making the Most of your Carrier Oils {how to infuse herbs}”

  • Do you think infusing tea leaves is ok? Maybe even whole tea bags? I think I would have to buy dried herbs online otherwise.

    1. You could try using fresh plant material, and in some cases (St. Johns Wort, for example) it’s better to use fresh… however it poses separate risks. Fresh plant materials hold water and could cause bacterial growth and other nasties in your infusions.

  • I know this is an older blog post but I just had to come say that I shared for this blog awhile back. I then got some vanilla beans and infused them into some jojoba oil and oh my. I could just sit all day smelling it. i have now made some others with calendula flowers, rose hips, lavender and chamomile. I am loving this little extra adding of benefits. So thanks for teaching us another great DIY.

  • Thank you! So excited! I infused calendula flowers in olive oil last night! I’m also collecting dandelions in my backyard for my next project.

    1. We wouldn’t recommend doing that, unless perhaps you wanted to add them to some bath salts and use within a couple of days, that would be fine to do 🙂

  • I love this idea! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it before. I would love to infuse a carrier oil and create some wonderful lotions in combination with my Eos! I am so curious what other people have used infused carrier oils for. This will give me some great projects to do for autumn!

  • I could really use a recipe for a bug repellent. I can run to the mailbox and get bit like 5 times. Mosquitos just seem to love me. Lol

  • What about infusing coffee beans in oil? Or vanilla beans? Are these dry enough for oil infusions to avoid spoilage (without a preservative)?

  • We had lots of parsley this year so I cut it and rinsed it off. Removed some yellow pieces that were close to ground. Then preheated oven to 400 put the towel dried parsley on parchment paper on a cookie sheet in the oven. Turned off oven and put the light on. Left in closed oven for 12-16 hours. I had a lot of layers of parsley and that is the reason for 16 hours. Now have great tasting dried parsley. I did have a pizza in the oven that night so really was perfect timing for making it. Will have to look into the benefits of parsley and consider the above infusing.

  • Is it best to use fresh or dried herbs or does it matter? I am wanting to infuse lemon balm to use in a cold sore lip balm. Can you recommend a good carrier oil to use for the infusion?

    1. It’s best to use dried herbs. Since fresh pant material contains water – and water can mean mold growth (not always, but many times) – this reduces the instance of mold.

  • Thanks for the info. I’ll definitely be trying this. Been wanting to for a while but was unsure as to the proper way.

  • Have you ever tried this in the crockpot? I’m just thinking it might be a good option but wondering if anyone has ever tried that. Thanks!

  • Hi Christina. Perfect timing for this post as I was just going to make the homemade salve you also suggested. I was wondering on the ratio of herb to oil. I know you said “until the herbs are covered”, but that could potentially be very little infused oil. Is that the idea, you just do little batches? I was thinking of doing Calendula & Chamomile. Thank you so much for your amazing recipes and help.

    1. Yes, there is no exact measurement in this type of “kitchen” herbalism. Some herbs/plant parts are rather dense and woody – so it take less to cover them. Other’s are light & fluffy so more oil is require to get into all the space in between. I typically do my infusions in pint or quart jars. I fill about 3/4 full of plant material and fill until covered in oil.

  • Thanks for this suggestion. I am definately going to try this. Approximately what is the suggested herb to oil ratio?

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