Macerated Oils with Herbs and Flowers

 

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There are certain oils that are just out of reach financially for many. Rose oil or jasmine oil for instance.  But, you don’t have to miss out completely! I am going to show you how to have some of the same properties of an essential oil without breaking the bank.

I also want to mention that the reason specific oils are so expensive is because you need A LOT of flowers to create essential oils.  For instance, Young Living’s Rose Oil is so valuable because it takes about 60,000 rose flowers or 22 pounds of rose petals to create ONE 5ml bottle.  That’s a lot of roses! And imagine, they need to be harvested at the precise time of their peak to give you the perfect, pure essential oil.  Its an awful lot of work and care that goes into that bottle.  No wonder it is so valuable. It is an oil that I haven’t had the pleasure of smelling yet, but, it is definitely on my wish list!

Another is Jasmine oil.  Jasmine oil is very special. Jasmine flowers must be picked at night, just before sunrise and they must have just opened.  Talk about precision! It takes 10 pounds of jasmine flowers to create ONE 5ml bottle of Jasmine oil.  However, Young Livings Jasmine Oil is extracted by a method called an absolute extraction.  Jasmine flowers only produce a tiny amount of oil using other methods, so an absolute extraction is the best process for this particular delicate flower.  The oils from Young Living are by far the best, but this is an alternative.

Now, on to maceration! A macerated oil uses the flowers or leaves from a plant and a carrier oil.  Once infused, the carrier oil contains some of the fragrance and properties from that plant.  A carrier oil for this process can be olive oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.

There are two different processes for maceration. One is hot and one is cold.  I prefer the cold infusion method because heat could destroy some of the beneficial properties that I am looking to preserve within the maceration.  And, I am not in a hurry.  So I am going to tell you about the cold maceration method!

First, obtain your plant material.  Today I am working with Jasmine.  My wonderful husband was kind enough to pick me some jasmine flowers from his greenhouse.  The flowers (or leaves if you are working with something else like lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) must be dried before you begin.  I am using my dehydrator on the lowest heat setting to slowly remove the water from the flowers.  This is an important part of the process because if there is any water remaining, it could make the oil go rancid and/or encourage all sorts of microbial growth- something that we do not want on our bodies!

Once the petals (or leaves) are dried, put them into a clean glass jar to break apart the plant material.  You don’t need a powder, but break them up just enough so that the oils can be infused easily.  Cover the plant material with your carrier oil.  I am using sunflower oil. Its a perfect neutral oil for a maceration. Make sure to fill enough oil into the jar to cover the plant material about an inch over. Put a lid on the jar and set it in a window.  Give the jar a little shake every day. The sun will slowly infuse the oil with the jasmine and after about 2-4 weeks I will strain the oil through a cheesecloth.  Squeeze out all of the oil! Store the maceration in a glass bottle or a jar.  I like to add a couple of drops of vitamin E oil to the finished maceration just to prolong shelf life.  This macerated oil will last around 6 to 8 months in a cool, dark location.

You can use this oil as you would any other carrier oil- add a few drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil for a perfect blend!

Is there a maceration I should try? Let me know on Facebook!

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