All About Infused Oils

Today I wanted to do a little introduction of sorts that has to do with infusing oil and why many people do it.

I am in no way an expert in the art of infusing oils but I have done it upon numerous occasions in many different ways and have collected a few insights into how a beginner might experiment with it.

First of all if you are new to the term infused oils, it is simply a carrier oil of your choosing, such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, and so on, that has been infused or steeped with herbs and spices.

Infusing Methods | Two ways of infusing oil is solar infusing and stove top infusing.

Solar infusing is the age-old method of infusing oils and takes quite a bit more patients and time than the other method mentioned.

Once you have formulated your infusion, put it in an airtight jar and place it on a window seal where sunlight shines often to allow the suns gentle heat to slowly infuse your oil over the course of a few weeks or even months.

To infuse over a stove top place your jar of oils and herbs in a water bath on a stove top on a very low setting for several hours over the course of a few days.

Take care that you do not overheat or get water into your infusion while using this method.

Some prefer to use a crock pot over the stove top method which also works very well.

Why Infuse? | There are several reasons why someone might decide to make an oil infusion but I will only list a few of them.

Many decide to infuse a carrier oil with herbs and spices for their beneficial properties. Whether that be chamomile and lavender for relaxation, peppermint and eucalyptus for stimulation, or white willow bar for its healing properties.

Another reason that some will infuse oil is to extract a certain scent, this is more commonly used for spices such as star anise, cinnamon, clove. But can also work for herbs such as rose, lavender, and spearmint.

Those who make soap even occasionally infuse their oils to extract a certain color but this only works for certain herbs such as alkanet and green tea.

Using Infused Oil | Now that we have talked about the ways to infuse and why you may want to infuse its time to talk about the ways that you can use your infused oil.

Infusing is a wonderful way to get a fragrant and beneficial massage oil to help ease the tension of the day that you are storing in your muscles or to create a relaxing, winding down habit before bed with a calming infused oil.

If you enjoy experimenting with your natural skin care, infused oils just might be your next obsession.

Perhaps you want to make an infused oil for acne you might choose herbs such as calendula and rosemary. If you are looking for an infusion to help with those pesky scars perhaps try infusing some marshmallow root and lavender.

Infused oils are even good on your hair to promote healthy, growing hair. Herbs such as horsetail, rosemary, peppermint, and stinging nettle are a good option for an infused hair oil.

How To | To create your own personalized infusion simply pick out your choice of oil and your desired herbs and spices according to what you plan to use it for.

Put your dried herbs or spices into a sealable jar, like a mason jar, and pour your oil over the top making sure to have at least an inch of oil covering the top.

Once you have done that and have infused with whichever method you prefer, you can strain and bottle your infusion until further use.

 

Skin Care Basics | Peppermint

Peppermint is one herb that could be considered to be widely popular and can be found in almost any household tea drawer.

Peppermint however, has many benefits besides its lovely taste in tea form.

Invigorating And Stimulating | Peppermint is a very refreshing herb and has a distinct tingling, cooling effect on the skin.

Peppermint contains menthol which gives it that cooling feeling and helps to brighten up skin tone and also helps to relieve ache muscles and cramps.

It is also an amazing herb to use for hair because it stimulates growth, cleanses your scalp, and refreshes dry and dull hair as well as to aid in removing dandruff.

Skin Saver | Peppermint also helps to reduce excess oil on skin and in hair as it balances your natural oils and helps to reduce the excess which can prove to be extremely useful for those with oily skin types.

It also has a soothing and calming effect on the outside as it does the inside as it helps to reduce redness and irritation. It even helps to numb the itching from bug bites and poison ivy.

Peppermint’s stimulating qualities help to improve circulation which can treat spider veins, varicose veins, cellulite, and more.

Some other good qualities that peppermint has for the skin is its ability to sooth sunburns, shrinks large pores because of its astringent properties, and its ability to tighten and firm aging skin.

 

Some of my favorite ways to use peppermint is to infuse the leaves into witch hazel as a toner and use a few drops of peppermint oil in my nightly facial oil for cool and clear skin.

 

Licorice and Peppermint Face Mask

 

It has taken me a long time to really get back into skincare after losing my passion for it in the midst of health issues and the hustle and bustle of life.

I stopped making time for one of my favorite things because it felt unproductive when I could be doing more important things than just lounging around with a green face mask on.

Finding the realization that not everything we do in life needs to be productive and time managed is incredibly important. Whether you have ten minutes or an hour, setting aside time to do the things that you love is never a waste.

With that being said, I wanted to share this herbal face mask with all of you.

There are only three ingredients in it which make it a breeze to throw together and all of the ingredients are relatively easy to find if, like me, you buy everything online.

Peppermint is antibacterial, anti inflammatory, and very healing which is great if your suffering from any break outs or unsightly redness.

Licorice root is one of my favorite herbs for reducing redness and for skin lightening, it is also very good for those with sensitive skin.

Matcha is an amazing purifier for the skin since it is very concentrated. It is also anti inflammatory and helps to reduce redness while still being gentle for those with sensitive skin.

You can see that I went with a theme here since this mask’s main characteristic is its ability to reduce redness while being anti inflammatory and gentle.

I usually use equal parts matcha to peppermint leaves with just a pinch of licorice root. You will want to grind all of the ingredients together to get a loose powder.

For your own convenience, buying licorice root that is already ground is a must in order to avoid a long grinding process that will usually result in splinters.

Make as much as you want then combine a teaspoon of the mask in enough water to create a loose paste and store the rest of the mask in a container.

This face mask is a bit cold and tingly so if your sensitive to that you might want to add more matcha than peppermint leafs.

Leave the mask on for fifteen minutes or until dry.

Let me know in the comments if any of you try out this mask and if you would like to see my last blog post where I talked about my thoughts on creating balance, click here.

 

 

 

Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Facial Steam

I was very excited about writing this blog post since its going to be the first wellness post on this blog. Before I created this newer blog I originally wrote about natural beauty and I’m so glad that I can incorporate a bit of that into this blog too.

Recently I have been dealing with a variety of skin issues such as clusters of cystic acne and a few small, scaly rashes on my chin and neck. I have terrible allergies which might be the cause of the rashes but I used to have a skin infection that caused me to get cysts on my knees and face.

The doctors never found the cause of the infection but the fact that it has returned and has been spreading over my face led me to take matters into my own hands.

Anything that required me to touch my face was just too painful so any special face washes or scrubs were out of the question which led me to doing a facial steam.

Facial steams are amazing for any kind of break outs since it doesn’t require you to be aggressive with your skin in any way and it gives your skin a deep clean that just washing your face can’t achieve.

Peppermint is anti-inflammatory as well as soothing for skin issues and tea tree oil is very well known for its anti-bacterial qualities. Together these two herbal treatments make a simple but powerful skin treatment for any kind of break out or ailment you might have.

To make the facial steam heat up several cups of water until a steady flow of steam is visible then add one peppermint tea bag or a few drops of peppermint oil,  as well as a few drops of tea tree oil into the water.

Gently wash your face with water then cover your head with a towel and sit with your face comfortable close to the water for five to eight minutes then splash cool water onto your face to remove any sweat or oils and pat dry.

You should see a noticeable difference in the clearness of your skin, some of the pimples will turn into scabs and others might rise to the surface to be gently cleaned.

Even if this facial steam isn’t a magical cure for the skin issues you might have it’s still worth the effort to give yourself a little pamper since any kind of facial steam has a way of relaxing even the most anxious of people.