‘Backyard plants you can infuse with oils’

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

by Renee Lindstrom

Infused Oils & Tinctures from the garden

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.

by Renee Lindstrom

Olive Tree

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

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
  • Cedar
  • 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
  • Forsythia
  • 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
  • Parsley
  • Rose
  • Rosemary Flower – antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
  • Rue
  • 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

More on infusing flowers, leaves and root in oil

This post may contain Affiliate Links, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee


Recommended Reading:

  • Herbs for Children’s Health: How to Make and Use Gentle Herbal Remedies for Soothing Common Ailments. A Storey BASICS® by Author – Rosemary Gladstar

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.

7 Steps to infuse natures Wild Flower, Leaf & Root Oils

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

 

A  flower oil is a remedy that has infused the properties of fresh plants preserving and concentrating their qualities in liquid form.  I believe flower oils can be effective and that energetically they are in alignment with our own bodies electrical system.  Have you ever considered that any product you use on your skin and hair is absorbed into your internal organs?

Infused Oils

Infused oils can be used in recipes, as massage oils and in skin & hair products.

Picking Fresh Ingredients

In making my oils, I use fresh ingredients.  This makes it a seasonal activity.  I pick the flowers and leaves during their growing season ensuring to leave a greater amount growing than I take.  Here is a list of fresh plants that have been explored:

  • Bamboo
  • Basil
  • Bay Flower
  • Calendula
  • Cedar
  • Chickweed
  • Comphrey
  • Dandelion
  • English Daisey
  • Feverfew
  • Forsythia
  • Gingko
  • Gumweed
  • Hollyhock
  • Lavendar
  • Lilac
  • Mullein Flower
  • Mullein Leaf
  • Mullein Root
  • Oregon Grape
  • Parsley
  • Rose
  • Rosemary Flower
  • Rue
  • Self Heal
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Tea Tree
  • White Birch
  • Wild Violet
  • Yellow Dock
More on plants foraged for oils  in the Pacific Northwest visit Inventory of a Backyard Forager.

 


Materials 

  • Any size mason or recycled Jars with lids
  • Oil
    • Almond, Coconut, Olive
  • Plant Material – enough to fill jar 3/4’s full

7 Steps to infuse natural oils

1st Step – Jars

Sterilize the jars by boiling them in a large pot or canning pot for 5 minutes to create steam. Let dry and cool to room temperature.

2nd Step – Plants

Fill dried jars 3/4’s full with your  fresh flowers or leaves.

Currently I do not combine different species of plants.  My interest is in exploring and learning about one plant at a time.  I do combine the oils however when making products that I use.

3rd Step – Oil

Pour to cover plant material completely and continue to fill to the top of the jar.  Filling your jar with oil leaves less room for oxygen which  reduces the chances of mold growing.

I have noticed that to begin with the plant material expands as it absorbs the liquid and then shrinks down in size.

4th Step – Setting

Some suggest letting the plant and oil set for 5 to 6 weeks in a sunny window before filtering and decanting, while others suggest a warm place out of the sun.

I have set it in a sunny window (except through record heat waves), in a window that receives the morning sun and on a counter out of the sun.  I believe that the sun’s solar heat speeds up the process and adds it’s own benefits to the oil and plant mixture, however it also heats the oil up which could speed the process up to just a few weeks. I prefer a window with morning sun as I love having the oil where I can see it and my choice is to not have it get as hot as in the full sun.  

5th Step – Jostling

It is recommended to lightly jostle them each day to move the material about.

This step is my favorite! I love jostling the jars each day as I can observe the changes inside.

6th Step – Filtering

Use cheesecloth and/or a coffee filter to strain the oil and *plant material into a sterilized mason jar.  If necessary strain the oil a couple of times to remove any fine dust like material.

*Filtered plant material – I use the filtered plant material as a skin or hair oil before discarding.

7th Step – Storing

Store the oil in a cool cupboard or fridge until ready to use making salves and creams.  I have had oil stored for up to a year with no complaints.

This post may contain Affiliate Links, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

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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.