I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past 40 days and I can finally share with you this amazing, marvelously scented herbal infused coconut oil with lavender and vanilla beans. Why did I have to wait for 40 days? 😉 Keep reading and you’ll understand why 🙂
If you are new to the herbal infused oil concept, well, herbal oils are obtained by soaking dried or fresh herbs in a pure vegetable-based oil such as sunflower, olive or almond oil or a mix of vegetable oils which will allow the fat-soluble parts of the herb to be extracted.
The result you’ll get may be used externally as a massage oil, or as bases for creams, ointments, salves and balms or as you will see, if you keep reading, as a handmade 100% natural solid perfume stick 😉
There are various methods to make herb infused oils, the hot infusion method (which is also pretty quick, around 4 hours) and the cold infusion method, which I fully recommend and use. It’s good for exercising your patience 😛 as it requires up to 30 – 40 days to extract the active principles from the plant.
Some herbs work better with one type of infusion than another, just make your researches on line or read specific books before getting infusing a specific herb 🙂
The use of fresh herbs places your oil at a greater risk for bacterial growth due to the high moisture content of the fresh plant material and you may end with a spoiled oil with mold in it. Therefore always prefer dried herbs over fresh herbs for your herbal infused oils. Nonetheless, some herbs release their fat-soluble parts if they are infused fresh like arnica montana or St. John’s wort.
Also keep in mind that not all herbs are suitable to be oil infused, there are a lot of herbs which have water-soluble active principles, therefore you won’t be able to extract any or little active principle.
Anyway, before deciding on which plant to use, I strongly advise you to not just blindly trust internet sources and to make your own researches in order to understand its potential strength. It’s important that you get to know from trustful sources the various properties and active principles of the plant and if there could be any problems for a topical use. Some infused oils are safe to be used on wounds or broken skin, but others aren’t, so its important to know these things about your herbs before you start working with them. Natural does not always mean SAFE!
Remember that it is recommended to always first try a small amount of the herbal-based oil when you are applying it for the very first time. Give it always some time, from 12 to 24 hours to make sure you are not allergic to it.
In my below video tutorial I share with you the cold infusion method, which is the longest one, but also the safest one, especially if done with dried herbs. Remember to add a few drops of vitamin E to avoid that your oil gets rancid and to very gently shake the jar once every 2 days making sure you don’t create air bubbles.
Infused herb oils help us make the most of all the substances that nature offers us, as they can last over time preserving their properties and are so easily achievable and with so little expense.
You can use only 1 herb or you can blend 2 or 3 herbs, depending on the properties you’d like your final oil to have. You may use calendula dried flowers for a final oil supercharged with antiseptic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties or lavender which has known skin healing properties as it is a strong natural relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-depressant, antiseptic, detoxifying and analgesic plant. For a soothing, relaxant, antispasmodic, astringent, detoxifying, effect you may use chamomile dried flowers or you may blend the 3 of them and obtain an awesome supercharged oil.
Once you strain the oil, bottle it and don’t forget to label it writing on the label the date you created it. You will get about a year shelf life before the oil starts to go rancid (depending on the vegetable oil you used for the infusion) , so it’s important not to make too much.
This herbal coconut oil infused with lavender and vanilla is so incredibly perfumed…
The delicious result can be applied directly onto your skin as a luxurious all over skin conditioner, on your hair as a hair moisturizer/defrizzer and not only..it can also be a yummy treat as a lavender vanilla bean infused scrub or the perfect ingredient for chapped lips (stay tuned to see my next tutorial on a rescue balm lips), dry skin or cracked heels.
Or it may be the perfect ingredient for a soft, 100% natural solid perfume for wrists and neck. It’s up to you to decide whether you would like it as a balm or as a perfumed stick. Every time you want to smell good, apply the perfume stick or balm to pressure points, or wherever you would like your skin to smell good. The perfume in contact with your skin will warm and the scent will be released even more. Get the recipe in my video-tutorial posted above. Of course it won’t last as long as synthetically made perfumes, but for a 100% natural perfume it’s an awesome compromise. You may anyway enhance its scent using lavender essential oil or vanilla extract 🙂
Enjoy it and smell yummy!
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