Infused Oils

Infused Oils

Infused oils can be used in various ways in herbal pharmacy both topically and internally. Various herbal preparations require the use a carrier oil, and infusing our oils provides added therapeutic benefits, whether it’s to a salve or a salad dressing. Some examples of medicinal oils include:

  • Infused oil of Calendula officinalis – applied to eczema, psoriasis or diaper rash
  • Infused oil of Hypericum perforatum – applied to sunburn or herpes simplex
  • Infused oil of Mullein – used for earaches
  • Infused oil of Comfrey – used as the base for a healing salve

When choosing an oil it’s important to consider how the medicine is going to be prescribed (eg. Topically or internally) and also if it will require heating in it’s preparation. Remember that the less saturated the fat or oil, the more likely it is to oxidize. Some examples of oils that can be infused include:

  • Olive
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Almond
  • Coconut

How to make an Infused Oil

  • Sterilize a jar with boiling water and ensure it is completely dry
  • Loosely pack jar with fresh or dried herbs
  • Pour oil right to the top of the jar and seal it well
  • Let stand for 2-4 weeks in a dark place & agitate daily
  • Strain off into another sterilized jar
  • Will keep for a few months
  • Note: For a faster method, heat herbs & oil over low heat or in a double boiler for at least 3 hours

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