Homemade Herbal Oils
How to make your own herb infused oil for your skincare recipes
An easy way to power up the healing porperties of your aromatherapy recipes is to use herbal oils.
You can either make them yourself or buy them already made.
Here's some easy instructions for making your own herbal aromatherapy carrier oil,
followed by a few popular healing herbal oils and some notes on what makes them so great.
Scroll down the page to browse through the oils or use the links below
to jump to a particular oil. You can also see which aromatherapy carrier
oils are best for your skin and hair type.
Arnica Oil | Calendula Oil | Comfrey Oil | Neem Oil | Rosemary Oil | St John's Wort Oil
How to Make Your Own Herbal Oil
- Mix 1 part dried herbs with 2 parts oil in a container.
- Leave the mixture in a warm place for two or three weeks.
The longer the herbs are left in the aromatherapy carrier oil, the
stronger it will be. (Mountain Rose infuses their herbs in olive oil for
over 3 months.)
- Strain out the herbs and store your herbal oil in a cool, dark place.
So I tried an experiment...
Since jasmine essential oil is so ridiculously expensive, I used infused
some dried jasmine flowers using the method above into sweet almond
And, oh my goodness, was the result ever incredible!
I'm so in love with my jasmine infused oil - it's not too sweet, it's just rich and smooth and spicy.
I use it as a body oil after my shower, and I feel strong and beautiful when I wear it.
It would work just as well with dried roses or any other flowers you love the smell of. This is a must-try experiment!
Get dried jasmine flowers,
lavender or rose petals to play with. Awesome!
Healing Properties of Herbal Oils
Used to treat physical trauma, sprains, bruising and other injuries.
Prevents, relieves and reduces swelling, bruises and pain.
Buy arnica oil or
One of the most effective topical oils. Gentle, cooling and soothing.
Heals dry, damaged and inflamed skin, rashes (including diaper rash) and other skin problems.
Used to disinfect minor wounds. Good for treating slow-healing cuts and people with compromised immune systems.
Stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to minimize scarring.
Suitable for sensitive skin (including babies.)
Buy calendula oil or
Used for centuries for general wound healing, bruises and for speeding the growth of new skin cells.
Breaks down red blood cells, which helps heal bruises, and promotes the growth of muscle, cartilage, and bone.
Effective in treating eczema, dermatitis, viral skin infections and skin ulcerations.
Do not use on dirty or open cuts or wounds. Do not use when pregnant or nursing. Do not take internally.
Buy comfrey oil or
One of the oldest medicines available - used in India since 2000-4000 BC, where it's still considered a cure-all today.
Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antiparasitic.
Moisturizing and regenerative, neem oil contains Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
Good for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, hives, athlete's foot, cold sores and warts.
Also good for dandruff, hair loss and head lice.
Helps relieve headaches, nausea, heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, colds and flu.
Used to deter mosquitoes, fleas, flies, ticks, mites and lice.
Very strong odor, dark color and thick viscosity.
Dilute to a total of 5% or less of the recipe - its strong scent WILL affect your blend.
Do not take internally. Pets, children and pregnant or nursing women should not use Neem.
Buy neem oil or
An aromatic, refreshing, versatile oil with a wide range of uses.
Antioxidant, antiseptic and antispasmodic.
Excellent for scalp problems like damaged hair, dandruff and itchiness. Especially effective used as a hot-oil treatment.
Traditionally used as a pain relief rub for muscle
pain, cramps, spasms, gout, arthritis, rheumatism and headaches, as well
as strains, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Buy rosemary oil or
St. John's Wort Oil
Anti-inflammatory. Helps speed the healing of wounds, bruises, varicose veins, sunburns, bee stings and mild burns.
Sedative, astringent and anti-depressant (taken internally as a
or tincture for depression.)
Often used as a breast massage oil after cancer radiation treatments.
St. John's Wort infused oil used in salves and lotions is made only from fresh material.
Buy St. John's Wort oil.
So now that you know which herbal oils you want to try, what next?
Which essential oils do you mix them with? How do you know what to choose or how much to use?
What about safety?
Luckily, I have the answers for you! I wrote an eBook called 6 Secrets for Mixing Essential Oils,
which teaches you how to classify essential oils into categories so you
know what to blend together to create delicious, healing scents. It
also gives you safety information for 34 of the most popular essential
oils. And lots more!
Click the link to learn how to mix essential oils.
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