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How to infuse carrier oils (quick heat method)

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Let’s talk about to infuse carrier oils using the quick heat method.

So, I’m not the most patient person.  When I make a decision to do something I typically like to do it right away.  Spontaneous? Sure!  Last minute?  I’m in!  Infusing my herbs in my carriers was no different.  I noticed that my Peppermint and Melissa were ready for their first trim of the season (perennials from last season), I was immediately excited at the prospect of infusing my carrier oils and wanted to start creating right away.  However, I didn’t want to wait six weeks for them to dry and infuse so I took some shortcuts.  I was able to go from fresh herbs to infused oil in two hours flat!  I infused my Melissa into solid coconut oil and my Peppermint into a jojoba/Almond  Carrier Oil combination.

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Now that your herbs are dry it’s time to infuse them into your carrier oil!

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We would love to hear about your infusion creations!  What herbs do you like using?  What is your favorite use?  What are your carrier oils of choice?


23 thoughts on “How to infuse carrier oils (quick heat method)”

  1. This sounds like an excellent way to utilize the lemon balm growing around my house. I can see using chives, also!

  2. This is very exciting. I have lemon balm growing all over my garden. It comes up voluntarily. I have been looking for some way to use it. It smells amazing. I am glad I don’t have to pull them out like weeds. Melissa EO is so expensive. Thank you for this.

  3. Does drying with heat (instead of a lengthy air-drying process 🙂 ) alter the “goodness” at all? I have loads of melissa, and would love to try this quick dry method! Thanks!

    1. You could definitely try infusing with seeds, though it’s not going to give you the same product as Hemp Seed Oil or Flax Seed Oil. These oils are actually pressed from the seeds and extracted that way. They aren’t infused.

  4. I have not tried this but am excited to try. If you infused oregano and thyme would you get the same resukts as using the essential oils?

    1. Kerry, I do not believe that is correct, but this is not a method I have personally tried and tested. Please reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] and I’m sure they will be able to help you out more with this question!

  5. I have infused Arnica, Calendula, White Willow, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, and Thyme. I tried using EVOO, but I don’t care for the smell it adds, so Generally I use a mix of Grapeseed oil and Safflower oils. I’m currently infusing rose petals, and I’m collecting dandelion blossoms and plantain for future infusions.

  6. You should really strain your infused oil through either cheesecloth, muslin, a coffee filter (I used unbleached ones) or even an old clean t-shirt. You want to make sure that you get all of the ‘grit’ that the plant material can leave behind.

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