About Infused Oils


Not all infusions are made solely with water. Infused oils are perfect for external use such as in massage oils, creams and ointments. There are two methods for extracting active herb ingredients in oil: cold infusion and hot infusion.

Cold Infused Oil – Pack as much herb material into a clear glass jar as you can and cover with oil (vegetable or olive is fine). Seal tightly with a lid and place in the sun, or another warm place for 2 – 3 weeks. After that, strain the infused oil into a dark glass bottle. The oil is ready for use straight away and if stored away from direct light will last for up to a year. To increase the strength of your infused oil you may repeat the process by packing a jar with new herbs, covering it with the already infused oil and leave again for a few weeks.

Hot Infused Oil – There are a few different approaches to the heating process. — > Add herbs and oil to a saucepan and heat gently for approx 3 hours. In order to avoid frying the plant material you may need to turn off the heat occasionally to keep the oil at a low enough temperature.

— > Add herbs and oil to a glass bowl and heat over a pan of simmering water for 3 hours. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the bowl and you may wish to occasionally top up the water so it doesn’t boil dry.

— > Add herbs and oil to a casserole dish, bring to heat on the stove then transfer to the oven set to a low heat for 3 hours.   Some herbs contain more water than others and are best used dried. Other herbs such as St John’s Wort are more potent when fresh.

If you use fresh herbs make sure all plant material is completely immersed and that you have shaken out all air bubbles. Some herbs contain a lot of water and you may find a layer of water beneath the oil layer. If that is the case discard that water. The more water, the shorter the shelf life will be.

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for April 12th

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Two qualities so well liked in people are brightness and warmth, both parts of the sun. Sir David Brewster was a Scottish physicist of the eighteenth century. His study of the material world and its phenomena called the sun glorious, “the center and soul of our system, the lamp that lights it, the fire that heats it, the magnet that guides and controls it, the fountain of color which gives its azure to the sky, its verdure to the fields, its rainbow-hues to the gay world of flowers, and the purple light of love to the marble cheek of youth and beauty.”

What more beautiful qualities for any human being to possess than to have a soul at the center of its system, to light the appearance, to warm the feelings, to guide and control it through its colorful moods, and to let it rise as high as the azure skies and as wide as the gay world of flowers. But better yet, to be most beautiful with the purple light of love. What more to be given than the same qualities of the sun – by one Creator.

To live we need more than light, we need warmth. We need more than strength, we need grace. And more than all these we need love. There can be no greater joy than to see our respect for each other – the warmth and grace and love that bind together people in mutual concern.

Only when we can lay aside our personal feelings, our self-concern and worry of our own gain, can we join in true communion and fellowship with others. And to feel a sense of belonging is necessary to humankind.

It is the nature, not only to be liked and wanted, but to like and want others. And in this relationship find not just warmth but light, not only grace but strength, and in all of these find love.

“Walk in the light and thou shalt see they path, though thorny, bright; for God, by grace, shall dwell in thee, and God himself is light” – Barton.


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