I usually have around eight to ten oils on the go at any one time, they are my skin elixirs, first aid, calmatives and all round fix-its.
Herbal Oils can be made a few different way, my preference being the Folk Method, also called the Sun (or Solar) Infused Method.
There are a number of carrier oils that work perfectly. My two favourites are olive or jojoba oil. Both have a long shelf life, and can be used in all of the above mentioned ways. Coconut oil is extremely healing, and I often use it, but the oil does go solid in cooler temperatures. Sweet almond oil is another excellent choice, and of course it is always fun to experiment with your own personal preferences.
Whichever oil you choose, organic and cold pressed will be best. Organic will ensure that there are no chemical nasties, and ‘cold pressed’ means that the healing properties of your oil are preserved, as opposed to when the oils is obtained by heat extraction.
How to make Folk Method Herbal Oils…
- Gather the herbs (and/or flowers) you wish to use.
- Make sure your herbs are totally dried out before you use them; this stops the Herbal Oils from going rancid.