The idea behind infusions is basically improvisation. Substituting the scarce oils for the readily available.
When I decided to make infusions, I had use the right herbs so as not to make the oils that I already had. Picking Chamomile was a no-brainer. I had read how great it was for the skin so I was itching to make some to add to my soaps and butters. Luckily, dried chamomile is available in supermarkets and stores in form of tea so it wasn’t difficult to find. I only had to empty the tea bags. Of course I set to work immediately.
The first thing I did was to get a base oil. I chose Olive oil because of its shelf life. The chances of the infused oil going rancid was low even though I knew that was impossible. I’ll probably exhaust it before then. Then, I had to look for a mason jar. I didn’t have one so I improvised – an empty honey jar.
The only thing you really need to do is to fill a quarter of the jar with your chosen herbs – single or mixed. Then fill the rest of the jar with your chosen base oil to the brim and close it tightly. Ideally, you should leave it for 4 – 6 weeks. I left mine for 8 weeks. I literally forgot about it. Don’t forget to shake it every once in a while because the herbs tend to settle under the jar. When you’re ready, strain the herbs with a strainer or a cheesecloth. I used a clean white handkerchief. The handkerchief makes sure they don’t pass through. So, you have a clear well infused oil.
After straining, I tried to compare it with the original olive oil and I saw a difference. The Chamomile infused oil was way darker than the Olive oil. Although, there isn’t much difference between the two as they both have a yellowish colour.
So, there you have it! Since, it’s targeted towards the skin, I’m going be using it in place of Coconut oil in my products for now.
Next is a herbal infused oil with Basil, Sage and Parsley! This time, I’m using Sunflower Oil as a base.© Copyright 2016 Ebun Oluwole, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!