Herbal oils – the sun method

There are more than one ways to make a herb oil extract. These preparations are actually herb infusions in oil.

The oil must be some kind of plant oil; I use olive oil or almond oil. The second one, -almond oil-, has a lighter texture, so sometimes it is better for skin applications.

sterilizing jars  You need:

  • 1 small jar
  • Dried flowers/leaves of the herb
  • 3oz  organic plant oil

Pick a small, dark glass jar or bottle. Clean well and sterilize.

homemade herb oil extractCollect (or buy) flowers and leaves of the herb you want to make an oil extract. Let them dry for 1-2 days.

oil-extract-6If you have already dried herb, use it. Just remember that herbs lose their properties over time. So, don’t use an herb that you have it stored for over a year.

Place the flowers and leaves in a jar, well cleaned and sterilized.

how to make an herb oil extractPour the oil to cover them.

Close the jar and place it in a spot full of sun.

Mark the starting day with a label on the cap.

It needs about 2 weeks, if it is under direct sunlight.

However, you have to take care a few things, such as:

  • During the first week, open the jar every day, to check the inside of the cap and the oil for any signs of fungi.
  • Also, you have to shake the jar every day, during both weeks.
  • If you see any bubbles of air in the oil, open the jar and stir with a wooden stick. (bubbles of air can cause fungi)

When the 2 weeks pass, check the colour and the scent. You have the option to add more of the herb and let it for 1-2 more weeks to make it stronger. Otherwise, remove the herb, strain in a dark glass bottle and store it in a cool dark place, or in the fridge. I prefer the first.

Notes:

  • The smell won’t be as strong as in some oils you buy in the market; these might have some kind of scent enhancers. Natural oils have a mild scent.
  • The less sunny the spot you place your jar, the more time it needs to be done.
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