There are three methods used to make essential oils: distillation, expression and extraction. Most of us lack the large amounts of plant material, time and equipment needed in order to make a true essential oil at home. You can, however, make your own infused oil. Although it's not as potent as a true essential oil, you can capture some of the plant's therapeutic properties. You can use your homemade infused oil as body moisturizer or in a diffuser. It's easy to make and doesn't take special equipment.
Step 1: Sterilize the glass jar by dipping it into a pot of boiling water. You can also sterilize the jar by running it through the dishwasher.
Step 2: Chop and/or tear the herbs. Set aside until ready to infuse.
Step 3: Fill the glass jar with the 1/2 cup of the carrier oil.
Step 4: Add the herbs to the jar.
Step 5: Screw on the lid and give it a good shake.
Step 6: Let the mixture sit in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. The herbs will have infused into the oil.
Step 7: After 2 weeks, strain the infused oil through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
Step 8: Pour the infused oil into a dark glass container. Store the infused oil in a cool, dark place. The infused oil will keep for 6 months.
If you are short on time and do not want to wait 2 weeks for the oil to infuse, you can also infuse the oil by "cooking" it in a Crock-Pot on low for about 6 hours. Once the oil has infused and cooled, strain it and pour into a dark container.
Now your infused oil is ready to use! Rub it on your skin as a moisturizer, add a few drops to a diffuser to scent a room or into your bath for a relaxing aromatherapy session. Make a few extra jars... they make great gifts!
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