slow beauty// solar method: infused herbal oil

Infused Oils are one of the very best ways to add an extra plant-powered boost to your skincare creations. There are several ways to infuse herbs into your oils, but at Maker + Merchant, we prefer the solar method. Try infusing your oil over a full moon cycle for a powerful remedy. 

After your oil has been infused and decanted, use it in lip balms, salves, body oils, and more. 

The recipe below is shared with permission from Erin Lovell Verinder, featured in her book Plants for the People.

Ingredients:

  • Plant material of choice (e.g. calendula, chamomile, lavender)
  • Oil base of choice (e.g. olive, almond, apricot or sunflower)

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Sterilized dry jar and lid
  • Sterilized knife
  • Muslin or fine-mesh sieve

Method:

Cut the plant material into coarse pieces. 

Place the plants in the jar, leaving around 2-3inches of space at the top. Fully cover the plant materials with the chosen oil, then press down and stir with a sterilized knife to release any air pockets - this will create more room in the jar for extra oil. 

Top up the jar with an extra inch of oil which should float above the plant material and protect against mold formation. 

Place the sealed jar in a warm, sunny location- a windowsill or lovely garden spot is ideal. Remember to visit the jar every few days and give it a gentle shake. 

Let the oil infuse for 4-6 weeks, before straining out the plant material and decanting. 

Seal and label, nothing the date created, type of oil, and plant ingredients used. Store in a cool, dry, dark place to preserve the longevity and the plant powers.

Make Good Tip: Using vulnerary herbs like Calendula, Lavender, and Chamomile is a great way to enhance your oils and may assist in remedying sensitive skin challenges. It is important to make sure your herbs and equipment are dry - you don’t want mold in your beautiful oil!