One of our favourite ways to utilize the therapeutic benefits of herbs in a whole new way is through oil infusions, they are simple, easy to make with items you already have in your kitchen and incredibly beneficial! Depending on the herbs you choose they can be applied topically in a variety of ways that we will explore below or used in salad dressings and cooking to enhance flavours and nutrients in each meal. Below I'm going to walk you through the few simple steps to create an oil infusion using our Beauty Base Tea blend for a topical face and body oil, perfect for extra hydration during the colder months.
What are herb oil infusions?
Exactly as it sounds, the process of infusing herbs in an oil to extract the therapeutic benefits by binding their properties to the chosen oil. They are easy, approachable and almost foolproof to make. All you need is a little patience for the infusion to occur over a 4-week period. Oil infusions are incredibly beneficial on their own or can be used as the foundation of many other recipes such as creams, salves and balms. With two infusing methods: cool and solar and endless herbal combinations you have the space to create anything you are needing in your wellness rituals.
Best herbs for oil infusions
The best part is that most herbs are great for oil infusions, seeking aromatic herbs with strong volatile oils are best such as lavender, calendula, rose, dandelion etc. The only thing you need to be aware of is if a specific herb is not meant to be used topically such as Stinging Nettle Leaf, as it may cause skin irritation. A quick Google can answer those questions if you are ever wondering about a specific herb!
Make it easy with herbs you already have in your kitchen or wellness cabinet: our Beauty Base Tea blend was strategically designed to be equally as beneficial internally as it is topically. The blend of organic: chamomile, rosehips, horsetail, dandelion leaf, calendula and rose petals is the perfect blend to infuse into an oil to hydrate, balance, soothe, tonify and brighten the skin.
Beauty Base is naturally supportive for:
- Imbalanced skin
- Occasional breakouts
- Uneven skin tone
- Brightening skin tone
- Redness or puffiness in the skin
- Dryness or excess oil
- Dull and tired looking skin
Photo by Cristina Gareau
Best oils for herb infusions
When infusing an oil for skin use it is best to choose an oil for your skin-type. If you are infusing an oil for culinary purposes using whatever oil you have in your kitchen works great such as avocado or olive oil. Below are a few common oils used for different skin-types and ailments.
- For oily or blemished skin - use lighter oils such as apricot and grapeseed and sunflower oil.
- For normal to dry skin - use oils such as almond or jojoba oil.
- For dry skin - use heavier oils for extra hydration such as olive or avocado oil.
What you'll need:
- Two clean glass jars with lids
- Beauty Base Tea Blend (enough to fill the jar halfway)
- Chosen oil (enough to fill the jar after the herbs)
- Muslin or cheese cloth
- Sunny window ledge
- Optional: glass dropper bottle
How to make an herb infused oil for skin
- Fill one of the empty glass jar halfway with the Beauty Base blend
- Pour high quality fresh pressed oil of your choice over the herbs until the jar is full
- Stir to release any air bubbles hiding in the herbs
- Seal the jar and place it in a sunny window for 2 - 4 weeks
- Every few days give it a gentle shake
- After 2 - 4 weeks strain the infusion through muslin or cheese cloth into a clean glass jar and make sure to squeeze all remaining oil out from the herbs. Discard the herbs.
- Your oil is now ready to be used and can be directly applied to your skin!
It's as simple as that! All it requires is a little patience and planning ahead.
Tea blend and recipe created by Colette Yeomans celebrity facialist and skin expert of Clarité Wellness
How to use your Beauty Base infused oil for skin
Your simple yet powerful infused oil is a great addition to your skin routine and can be used on your face or body in a variety of ways. I simply have mine in a pump bottle on my bathroom counter for all over moisturizer and an extra dose of hydration on my face at night. Here's a few ways to use yours:
- Face Oil - Seal in your toner and serum by applying as your final face layer. If you are needing extra hydration add in a moisturizer and apply after.
- Body Oil - Apply immediately after your shower when skin is still damp for better absorption.
- Before Dry Brushing - Using an oil before dry brushing makes the process more gentle and allows the oil itself to absorb deep in the skin
- Before Gua Sha Facial Massage - Help your gua sha tool glide with ease and penetrate deep during facial massage
- Add it into a bath - Add a few drops of oil into a warm bath for extra hydration
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