In the first post in this series, we talked about how many, if not most, skin care products are made with ingredients that can be toxic to your body and harmful to your health. We discussed the top 10 ingredients to avoid to make sure your skin care products are safe.
In this post, I want to show you a remarkably simple way to bring the medicinal, skin healing properties of these herbs into a form you can use to benefit your skin.
We are going to learn how to make herbal infused oils.
Making infused medicinal oils is deceptively simple and amazingly useful. Here is a short and sweet tutorial of how to make herbal infused oils. For our purposes, I will use St John's Wort as an example:
St John's Wort Infused Oil
- clean glass jar with lid
- organic olive oil
- freshly picked and wilted St John's Wort blossoms
Harvest the blossoms (or flowering tops) of St John's Wort and let them wilt for 6-24 hours. This allows some of the moisture to evaporate as well as any critters hiding in the petals to leave…
Place in a clean glass jar leaving some headspace. Pour olive oil over the petals until the oil covers the herb about an inch.
Place the lid on the jar tightly and set in a protected area in the sun, or a sunny windowsill for about 4 weeks. Open the lid every day or two and wipe out any condensation that forms.
Your oil will quickly turn blood red from the medicinal constituents of the St John's Wort herb infusing into the oil. After a month, you can strain out the herb and use the medicinal oil that is the result!
You can use this same process for any of the five skin healing herbs we went over in the last post. Once you have made your herbal infused oils, you can use it in many ways to benefit your skin. You can use it as a massage oil, body oil, a base for a facial serum, a base for salves, balms or ointments. It can be used as part of your every day skin care routine, or reserved for first aid situations. There is never a shortage of ways to utilize herbal infused oils!
- Note – Herbal infused oils are not the same as essential oils. If you are confused about the difference between the two, please read my series on Aromatherapy 101.
If you are interested in learning more about natural ways to take care of your skin, head on over to my complementary course 4 Steps to Radiant Skin!
Do you make your own herbal infused oils? Which are your favorite herbs to infuse?