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