Today it seems that natural essential oils are becoming more popular with every passing day. With that being said, it also seems as if the prices go up alongside their popularity. What if I told you that there was a way for you to make them at home with ease and for a lot less cost? In this quick little article, we are going to show you just how to do it.
By using different combinations of oils and herbs, you can make many different kinds, from strong medicinal oils to sweet-scented bath and massage oils. The base of any good oil is the quality of oil that you use. Though you can use any good-quality vegetable oil, the only choice if you are making a medicinal is olive oil, which is great due to it being soothing and super rich in omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids.
How to Make Your Own Medicinal Oils
One of the quickest and easiest ways to make your medicinal oil is using a double-boiler method, because it is so important that you do not burn it. Boiling normally in a pot will do, but it will require some extra attention so not to burn it. This quick, simple method helps to make quite beautiful oil, as long as you are able to keep it at the proper temperature, which is between 95-110 degrees.
1. Make sure to chop the herbs you are using and put them in the top part of a double boiler, or if you don’t have one, a regular pot will do. Remember that if you do not use a double boiler, you could burn it. This happens quickly if you are not careful, destroying both your herbs and oil.)
2. Cover up the herbs in an inch or two of cooking oil (preferably olive).
3. Slowly bring the oil to a very low simmer, with very few bubbles rising, ensuring all the while that it doesn’t overheat, or your batch will be burned. Simmer gently for 30-60 minutes, always checking frequently to avoid overheating.
When the oil looks and smells “herby”, it will become the color of deep green or golden and smell strongly of the herbs. This is how we know for sure that the oil has picked up the herbal properties. Remember, the lower the heat and longer you allow it to infuse, the better the oil will be.
4. Strain out the herbs. Use a larger stainless-steel strainer, and if possible, line it with cheesecloth. Then discard your spent herbs. Allow the oil to cool before bottling and labeling.
Quick little hint
If you are going for a nice and clean look for your storage bottles, don’t try and put your labels on before you put the oil in the containers to avoid staining your labels. We also recommend using a dark glass container because the UV rays from the sun can damage some oils.
Sources- Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, p 35