We grow hundreds of Calendula plants every year for making infused oils. The oils are used in our body care products for their healing qualities. It is one of our base ingredient in our balms and salves due to the calming affect it has on many skin conditions.
St John’s Wort
SJW is one of my favorite oils to infuse! You start with gorgeous yellow flowers from the SJW plant and once the sun infuses the oil, it’s a brilliant red!
Plantain grows wild in just about every yard and is easily accessible. It’s the plant that as children we shot at each other! Those long stems with the seed pods at the end, then we’d wrap the long stem around it and pop the top off trying to hit each other! That is plantain!
How To Infuse Herbal Oils
Infusing oils with herbs is very simple. You can cut the fresh herbs after the morning sun has dried the dew. Then allow them to sit for a bit allowing for any moisture to evaporate. Chop them finely and add them to a jar that gives them enough room for 3/4 chopped herb and enough head room for oil. Then pour whatever oil you wish to infuse. Most people use extra virgin olive oil, but you can use sunflower, sweet almond or any other that you wish to use in a finished product. The jar sits in the sun for 6 weeks and the herbal properties are infused into the oil. After 6 weeks you can strain out the herbs and collect the oil for use in salves and balms.