Infused oils are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and even have some unique medicinal properties, such as helping with weight management. They are easy to make at home and are usually very gentle on the skin, so consider trying out this DIY guide to making your own for a fraction of the price.
- Carrier oil of your choice (sweet almond, grapeseed, avocado, olive, apricot kernel, wheat germ, jojoba, etc.)
- 2 glass jars with lids, minimum size of 8-ounces
- Crock pot
- Dish towel (one you don’t care about)
- Glass measuring cup
- Dark glass bottles with lids
- Herbs or flowers of your choice (enough to fill one jar)
Step 1: Fill one jar with your chosen herbs and/or flowers until jar is almost full but not packed too tightly.
Step 2: Pour your chosen carrier oil into the jar of herbs and flowers until it reaches the base of the jar’s neck. Close the jar lid tightly. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for as many jars of infused oils as you would like (as long as they can all fit in your crock pot at the same time).
Step 3: Place a dish towel in the bottom of your crock pot to keep the surface of the glass jars from overheating and possibly shattering. Fill the crock pot half-full with water and place the jars inside. If necessary, add more water to ensure the crock pot is full and the jars are almost completely submerged.
Step 4: Set your crock pot to low heat and allow the jars to simmer for a minimum of 8 hours. During that time, periodically check the water level and add more as needed to keep the basin full.
Step 5: Carefully remove the jars and turn the crock pot off. Working with one jar at a time, use an oven mitt to pour the contents through a strainer and into a glass measuring cup. Then pour the strained contents from the measuring cup through a cheesecloth (to remove any small remnants of herbs) into a clean jar or glass bottle with a lid. Store in a cool, dark place in your home.
Now you can enjoy your own batch of fresh, natural homemade oils! Next time, try experimenting with different types of herbs, flowers and carrier oils to find your favorite mixture.