Herbal Oils are made using plant matter, dry or fresh, and vegetable oil (usually oils with longer shelf life are used: such as Sunflower, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil), extracted by the process called Maceration or Infusion. The process of extraction works by molecular diffusion, which is very slow, so it can take several months to get a premium maceration.
Macerations capture the heavier larger molecules, are more complex than essential oils and have additional healing properties. Infused oils contain flavonoids and glucosides, which are soluble in fat just like essential oils but they are too heavy to be distilled. Flavonoids give the plant its colour. They are very powerful antioxidants and metal chelators. Glucosides are healers and pain killers. Infusions can be used more often as they are not as caustic to the body and so there is no need to dilute them (cayenne pepper maceration is an exception).
There are so many ways how you can use Infused Herbal Oils:
- Powerful Base Oil For Aromatherapy - by adding essential oil into herbal infused oil you will create the most powerful combination that will have the maximum amount of healing properties the plant has to offer.
- Great Addition For Massage Oil Blends - different massages require different massage oil blends. For warming sensation try adding Cayenne Pepper Oil, for skin calming effect Lavender Oil or Chamomile, for sensitive skin Calendula Oil will make a great addition. Herbal Oils will make a great difference for the overall massage quality, try and see!
- Hair Care - want to tackle specific problem? For hair growth you can try oils that boost circulation, such as: Cayenne Pepper Oil, Lavender Oil, Ginger Oil, and Arnica Oil. For hair conditioning try silica enriched Horsetail Oil or vitamin enriched Nettle Oil. Use herbal Oils as scalp treatment, or oiling your hair as a night treatment, or right before shower. Add some oil to your shampoo or conditioner, shake it well. Use a few drops of oil, for example Marshmallow Root Oil on wet hair after shower to seal the moisture, this oil is also great de-tangler.
- Skin Care - the uses of herbal oils for skin care are limitless. I love using oils most of all after shower or bath, the oil sinks in so much better and your skin has a velvety feel afterwards. I like mixing bunch of different oils, depending on the mood, weather and needs (some recipes in the next post :)). If you don't like using oil in pure form, you can make salves, balms, body butters, add to your scrubs.
- Face care - herbal oils are great addition for you face care routine. The secret here is to know your skin type and to use just a few drops after washing your face. When choosing herbal oil check which base oil was used for extraction, to understand if it will suit your skin type. For extraction of our Marshmallow Root and Linden Blossom we used Jojoba Oil, so these are light and fast absorbing oils suitable for all skin types. Make oil blends, add to your creams for additional benefits, use in oil cleansing methods, in scrubs, handmade balms and lotions.
- Hand, Feet & Nail Care - use herbal oils in your DIY recipes to make salves, balms, creams and other formulations.
- Baby Care - use of essential oils in baby care is not safe and not advised, replace essential oils with herbal oils to create for your little ones natural safe homemade products.
- Maternity Care - as above use of essential oils for pregnant and breastfeeding women is not advised, replace these with herbal oils that are safer to use.
- Skin Conditions - such as very dry skin, dandruff, dermatitis, haemorrhoids, cuts, sunburns, bruises, minor wounds, etc. could be treated with herbal oils.
- Pain Relief - the chemicals in some herbal oils, for example Nettle Leaf and Cayenne Pepper, can alleviate pain and stiffness.
- Anti-ageing - many herbal oils have powerful antioxidants and chemical compounds that stimulate new skin collagen.
Phewww I think I listed most of the uses and while I was writing this post a new body oil formulation popped into my head, so going to make that now for my Sunday bath ritual.
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P.S. Please read labels and take precautions using certain herbal oils, ask your medical practitioner for advice.