How To Make an Oil, Salve, or Cream from a Herbal Infusion

Step 1: Create Herbal Infusion

  1. Fill a glass jar with the herb of your choice (arnica, lavender, fireweed, mint, etc) and top it off with oil (olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc).
  2. Put on the lid, date the lid, and keep in a secure location for 6+ weeks, turning the jar upside down occasionally to keep all the herbs coated. I like to use dark colored jars so I can keep them in a window where I won't forget about them. The warmth from the sun also speeds up the infusion process.
  3. At this point, you get to decide exactly what to do with that oil infusion. You can either leave it as an oil or create a salve or cream.
 

Step 2: Create an Oil, Salve, or Cream

How to Make an Oil

  1. Create herbal infusion (above)

  2. Strain the oil and either use as-is or add vitamin e and essential oils


How to Make a Salve

  1. Create herbal infusion (above)

  2. Strain the oil

  3. Combine oil and beeswax, melt on low heat or use a double boiler on medium heat. Stir often until melted fully and combined.

  4. Pour oil & beeswax mixture into glass jars, add vitamin e and essential oils. Stir to combine. Let Set.

Ingredients:
makes 4 oz
6 oz Olive Oil (herbal infusion)
1/4 oz Beeswax
4 drops Vitamin E Oil
12 drops Essential Oil


How to Make a Cream

  1. Create herbal infusion (above)

  2. Strain the oil

  3. In a bowl, combine the oil, shea butter, honey, vitamin e, and essential oils. Using a mixer, mix the ingredients together on low until thoroughly combined.

Ingredients:
makes 4 oz
4.5 oz Olive Oil (herbal infusion)
4 Tbs Shea Butter
1/2 oz Honey
8 drops Vitamin E Oil
135 drops Essential Oil

 

Step 3: Enjoy!


General Guidelines when using beeswax:
For an oil, use no beeswax.
For a rub/salve, use 1/8 oz beeswax for every 1/2 cup oil.
For a stick/tube, use 5/8 oz beeswax for every 1/2 cup oil.

How long will this oil infusion last? It will have the same expiration as the oil you used. For example: Olive Oil is good for 2 years if unopened and kept away from light and it's good for a few months once the bottle is opened.