Magical Oil Infusions with Plants!
Making a cold infused oil – means letting it sit at room temperature between 6 to 8 weeks.
You can use the heat method if you need/want your oil quicker. (you will need a crock pot for that method -we won't be discussing that method in this post)
You will need dried herbs and a good carrier oil. I prefer either olive oil or grapeseed oil. However, you can use caster oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, avocado oil, emu oil and many others.
Have all your items ready
Palo Santo Incense or Sage or other cleansing method.
Lighter or Matches
Let’s begin the ritual.
Cast your circle if that is your thing. Not necessary but I like to do this. It helps to get me into the magical zone.😊
Take your jar and begin to cleanse it by lighting your sacred plant/incense/other cleansing method of your choice.
If you use a plant, make sure you ask for the plant spirit blessing, “I ask that the plant spirit of Palo Santo (or whatever you use) please infuse this space with blessings”.
Pick up your object, fan it with your smoke, go all around it and say, “with this smoke I cleanse this object of all negative or harmful energy so that I may use it for my highest good. So, it is said, so shall it be.”
If you have something hot and smoldering (like a smoke bundle) place it in your fireproof bowl.
Meditate on your intention with the making of this oil for a few seconds. (Why are you making this oil? For love? For Health? For protection?) Think of it in a way that it has already happened.
Don’t think about it in the future tense. So, for example, I made my oil for health. During my meditation portion of this I was thinking about how the oil has given me good health, healthy skin, how it has healed all my cells.
Once done with the meditation, take the herb of your choice. Thank it for aiding you. I choose calendula for my oil; “I Thank you Calendula, for aiding me in this process towards better health.”
Tear or crush the dried herbs then lightly pack into your glass jar. Fill it about 1/3 of the way with your herbs.
Next pour your carrier oil over your herbs.
Fill it within ½ inch of the top of your jar.
Mix well, remove air bubbles if you can.
Cap it and label it.
Hold your jar, look at it, envision its healing power unto you!
Release your circle. Clean up! Don’t be a messy witchy. 🤗
Store your jar for 6 – 8 weeks. Do not go longer than this as you risk the oil turning rancid. If you are using the heat method now would be the time to add your jar to the crockpot.
After your 6-8 weeks is over, strain out the herbs using a cheesecloth. Be sure to squeeze the cheesecloth to get all that beautiful golden oil out.
Store in a clean jar. Label what it is and add the date. Your oil is now ready to use in salves, anointing candles, in bath water, medicine…whatever you want!
DO NOT ingest anything unless you know 100% it is safe for human consumption.
EXAMPLE: Pregnant women should NOT consume or smoke Mugwort as it can cause miscarriage!
Also be aware that not all herbs/plants are safe for pets either!
This oil will last about 1 – 2 years! I will be using mine to make a Calendula Coconut Salve.
Calendula – can be used to infuse oils, tea, salve, compress and poultice.
Calendula is very soothing to the skin, may help with cuts, rashes, skin diseases, cold sores, and skin irritations. Calendula teas may help ease gastrointestinal issues. Calendula has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Warnings: Some people may be allergic to calendula. DO NOT use if you are allergic to marigold, ragweed, daisies, chamomile, echinacea or other plants in the Aster/Daisy family. Do not use internally if you are pregnant or nursing as the effects are unknown and if you are taking prescription medications always speak with your doctor before taking any herb internally as there may be contraindications.