How to Make an Infused Oil

How Tos
By: HippieofColor    
12-Jun-2016

Introduction:Directions on how to make a rich, benefit packed infused oil.

  • 01

    Select Your Carrier Oil

    Carrier oils are oils that dilute essential oils in many blends. They are the base oils in many products and help tone the strength of essential oils down to a safe level. For this use a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil.

  • 02

    Grab Your Infusion Ingredients!

    Essential oils are much stronger than carrier oils and often are herbal in nature. They are distilled from plants so a little bit goes a long way! Examples of essential oils are peppermint, clove, lemon, rosemary, lavender. There are many more out there so feel free to research the benefits (and potential dangers) of an oil. Other ingredients include herbs and coffee beans. The ingredients largely depend on the use of your oil.

  • 03

    Slow Cooker or on the Stove

    Infusing oils can be done in a slow cooker (optimal) or a boiler in your kitchen. For this heated infusion fill your container with your required amount of oil. Feel free to mix carrier oils depending on your uses. Add your infusion ingredients and turn the heat on. For slow cookers go on low heat for several hours (6-8) stirring frequently. For boilers you have to watch the mixture carefully to avoid burning. Turn your heat on low and mix around every hour, checking frequently on the mixture. Six to eight hours is a general guideline--you can leave it for as little as four hours. Just don't burn your oil and you should be fine.

  • 04

    Seperation!

    After your oil has infused you will need a strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter to strain your oil. Grab a container and slowly pour the oil in your strainer. I let my coffee oil drip into a heat-resistant bottle using coffee strainers to catch the beans. Make sure to squeeze out the remains once it has cooled to a reasonable temperature.

  • 05

    Done!

    Now you have your infused oil! Transfer your oil into a sealed container and put it to use! For example, my coffee oil is used with other ingredients for a hair care cream. You can easily create your own products with your oil infusion!




Final Thoughts

*I wouldn't recommend consuming infused oils unless you KNOW it is safe. The ingredients used should be edible and not a threat in theory, but make sure to be safe if in doubt.




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