I enjoy infusing olive, coconut and almond oils with herbs, weeds, flowers, leaves and roots from the backyard. These go beyond the well-known herbs commonly used to infuse in oil. The infused oil can be used in recipes, medicinally and for skin and hair products. A surprising and enjoyable combination was Basil and Olive Oil. The fragrance was powerful and the taste was enjoyable enough to use in place of dressings and sauces over pasta, with eggs and salads. It is fun to explore and sample the tastes.
Olive oil has been a favorite to experiment with. Coconut has become popular due to its anti-bacterial properties, however I am becoming alarmed at the environmental consequences due to the mass use of this oil. I am phasing out my use of coconut oils. Almond oil is lighter that olive oil and a nicer massage oil.
To enhance relationships with the food resources I am combining and integrating in my lifestyle I have begun to acquaint myself with a growing olive tree. It’s a wonderful way to deepen a connection.
Here is a list of backyard plants that I infuse with oil. Some are for adding to recipes, however, many are medicinal.
Infused oils can be used in recipes and in skin & hair products.
- Bamboo – longevity, rejuvenation, anti – aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immune booster, thyroid health, hair, nails, skin, gums & teeth
- Basil – stress, energy, arthritis, heart tonic, cough & colds
- Bay Flower – aches & pain, headaches & migraines, stress, sleep aid, colic, flatulence, eyes, antiseptic, diuretic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
- Calendula – antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties, as well as strong antiseptic, astringent, rashes, diaper rash, minor burns, acne, and eczema
- Comfrey – colitis, diarrhea, laxative, sedative, bleeding gums, hoarseness & throat infection, fatigue, cramps in the legs, anemia, pain & arthritis
- Dandelion – PMS, depression, fatigue, digestive aid, natural diuretic, blood cleanser, detoxify, tinnitus, tonsillitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, osteoporosis, abscesses, heart health, mammary tumors, warts
- English Daisy
- Feverfew – migraines, toothaches, nausea, vomiting, sleep, digestion, asthma attacks, dizziness, tinnitus, arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, menstrual cramps & prostate problems, indigestion, colds, fevers
- Ginkgo – headaches, sinusitis, vertigo, circulation, Reynaud’s disease, Parkinson’s, dementia, depression, fatigue, attention span, memory, astringent, anti-fungal and antibacteria
- Gumweed – sedative, antispasmodic, and expectorant, ear & throat infections, muscle relaxer
- Hollyhock – sore throat, ulcers, IBS, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney infections –
- Lavender – sleep aid, stress release, migraine, energizer
- Lilac – worms, malaria, fever
- Mullein – sore throat, pain, cold, flu, sleep aid, sedative, cramps, astringent, antibacterial & antiseptic, joints, arthritis & muscle pain, earache, immune system booster & swollen joints
- Oregon Grape – colds, flu, blood purifier, jaundice, hepatitis, eczema, acne, herpes, & psoriasis, natural antibiotic qualities, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal & antibacterial
- Rosemary Flower – antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
- Self Heal Herb – ulcers, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, mouth ulcers, sore throats, swollen glands, liver gallbladder stimulant, conjunctivitis, hypertension, headaches & fevers
- Shasta Daisy
- Tea Tree
- White Birch
- Yellow Dock
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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.