Folk Method: Making Herbal Infused Oil with Calendula
“Folk method” is not measured science. It has been handed down through the ages and has been effective for thousands of years. The herbs always give their properties to the oil.
1. Grind the dried herb to a fine powder or use 4-8 oz. of fresh herb.
2. Put the powdered herb in a jar, 1 inch at a time, or pack the jar with fresh herbs.
3. Start alternating with olive oil. Mix the oil and herb together.
4. Let this sit for a few minutes and add more herb powder and oil as needed to fill the jar, leaving ¼ inch head space to add more oil.
5. Check the mixture in 24 hours.
6. Fill the remaining headspace with olive oil, eliminating as much air space as possible.
7. Cap the jar tightly.
8. Place the jar in a thick paper sack to keep out the light, and place in the sun for 7-10 days.
9. Shake the herbal oil several times a day.
10. When the oil is ready, strain the oil from the herb, pressing out any remaining oil from the murk.
11. Allow the oil to sit for a few days inside, then decant and filter.
12. Put into glass bottles and store in a cool, dark place. Shelf life will vary based on conditions. I recommend using within 3 months.
Read our article on the benefits of Calendula in edible SOUTH SHORE’s spring 2011 issue.
The information contained herein is for educational purposes and has been gained through acquired knowledge, research, and various sources throughout herbal medicine time. The information has not been evaluated by the FDA. Be your own wellness advocate.
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