Herb Infused Oil

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Herb Infused Oil is a versatile way to use the properties of your herbs long after you’ve harvested them. You can use the infused oil to make salves, creams, and body butters; or to anoint candles or people in ritual or spell work.

One way of living a magical life is to listen to the hidden voices, the spirit saturated ones, and follow them. You can tell you’re doing it by the synchronicity and rightness of all the steps.
Here is the story of this batch of herb infused oil, which was totally a spirit project:
I’d known for a little while that the urge was going to strike me. I’d thought it would happen on the Equinox, but in hindsight I was pretty busy with other things just then and the oil’s efficacy won’t be affected by when they start or finish provided I listened well.
So I went shopping for the materials. I didn’t have any sort of list prepped, I just had to follow my gut and get what I needed.
I got just the right amount.
8 4 oz jars (far too adorable) perfectly held the kinds of herbs I cultivated and dried last year, and the olive oil was the perfect (and I mean to the drop) amount to fill each of them to the brim.
I used:
calendula
plantain (wild-crafted)
rose
rosemary
borage
echinacea
lemon balm
lavender

I also made my first version (test run) of my theory that I can infuse a whole potion at once, rather than combining individual herb oils to make it. I made Heart Bloom, because it is the first and so versatile.

Here’s how to infuse dried herbs in oil:

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Herb Infused Oil
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 4-6 weeks
Servings
pint
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup herb dried
  • 15 oz olive oil (or other carrier oil like almond or avocado oil)
  • 1 pint mason jar with tight-fitting lid
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 4-6 weeks
Servings
pint
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup herb dried
  • 15 oz olive oil (or other carrier oil like almond or avocado oil)
  • 1 pint mason jar with tight-fitting lid
Instructions
  1. Place dried herb into sterile, dry glass jar.
  2. Pour oil over plant matter to cover and fill jar.
  3. Place filled jar in cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Strain plant matter out with cheesecloth or coffee filter, squeezing to extract as much oil as possible from the herbs. Discard plant matter and store oil, labeled (!!!) back in a cool, dark place. The oil will last at least a year and retain the properties of the herb.
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