I’ve been on an infusing kick lately! What is infusing you might ask? It’s when you throw dried herbs in a jar, pour in a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil or rosehip seed oil, heat the jar up, strain out the herbs and benefit from the “infused” oil! Simple process that yields a very customized DIY product! Go HERE to learn exactly how to infuse. Today, let’s take one of the most versatile and calming herbs and make a DIY chamomile infused oil.
Chamomile is a medicinal herb that was common in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Chamomile was common during the Middle Ages when people used it as a remedy for asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea and skin diseases and cancer.
- Calms redness and irritation
- Counteracts sun damage–Levomenol is found in chamomile and is known for reducing photodamage and improving skin elasticity.
- Speeds wound healing
- Anti Aging properties
Chamomile is one of the most calming and soothing herbs. Infusing chamomile in to an oil and having that oil on hand is a helpful staple for any natural medicine cabinet. Not only can it be used as a gentle sunburn soother, rash soother or dry skin soother-it also can be used in healing balms or just simply applied to broken, damaged skin for accelerated healing.
Uses for a Chamomile Infused Oil:
- Healing/Calming/Redness Reducing Facial Oil
- Gentle Facial Cleanser
- Healing Salve
- Body Moisturizer
- Massage Oil
- Hair Oil-Tame Frizziest and replenish damaged hair
- Diaper Rash Salve
- Hormone Balm
- Muscle Soreness Balm
My chamomile infused oil was made with avocado oil. I like avocado oil because it is so insanely nourishing for dry skin.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
“Our unrefined organic Avocado oil is cold pressed from the soft green flesh around the pit of the avocado. Avocado oil is an emollient, highly penetrating oil. The natural content of Vitamins A and E work synergistically to improve the skin texture. The impressive nutritional profile of our Avocado oil makes it an ideal ingredient for inclusion in skin care recipes intended for dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Its notable content of unsaturated fatty and essential fatty acids also makes it ideal for inclusion in nourishing, moisturizing hair care formulations.”
You can use any carrier oil you’d like or have on hand. Almond Oil is a simple, yet beneficial oil that would work well. You could even use an organic olive oil or unrefined coconut oil! The options are endless.
I made my chamomile oil in order to make a healing vaseline! I’m also planning to use it as a body oil this summer that will help replenish the skin after being in the sun.
Find dried chamomile HERE.
Find avocado oil HERE.
DIY Chamomile Infused Oil:
- Fill a jar half way full with dried chamomile.
- Pour oil into the jar so that the chamomile is completely covered with your chosen oil.
- Fill a medium sized pot or crockpot halfway full with water. Place your jar in the water and heat the water to 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep the jar in the water for 4-8 hours.
- Once infused, use a cheesecloth or coffee filter and strainer to separate your herbs from the oil.
- Once separated, use a funnel and pour oil into a glass jar or bottle.
Basic Salve/Balm Recipe:
- 1/4 cup Chamomile Infused Oil
- 1 TBSP Beeswax
- Fill a pot half way full with water and place a glass pyrex measuring cup in the pot.
- Add beeswax and infused oil in the glass cup and allow to thoroughly melt.
- Remove from heat and pour in to 4 ounce glass jar.
Infusing herbs is really such a rewarding practice! I hope you’ll explore the power of dried herbs and how effective and luxurious they can be when infused in to a high quality oil! It’s definitely worth your while!
I buy my herbs and carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs because they’re quality is the best! Go HERE to shop.