I'd heard a lot about making oils out of flowers, and I was worried it might be complicated and expensive. Little did I know I had everything I needed in my house to make it, and what I didn’t would cost me under $10! It’s also an extremely easy process!
There are so many great uses for flower oils, having been used for centuries in salves, balms, baths, teas, compresses, and more! For example, we use calendula oil in homemade burn balm for grease burns and sunburns!
Infusing oils with herbs and flowers requires a "carrier oil", which is a sassy way of saying a base, such as vegetable oil. The carrier oil gets its name for quite literally "carrying the oil" to your skin, as its main function is to dilute the added ingredients so you can apply it safely.
How to make Flower Infused Oil:
Harvest your flowers! In traditional herbalism, you'd harvest flowers during the full moon for maximum potency. The idea is that, much like the moon pulls the tides, a full moon pulls energy up to the flowers, while a new moon sends the energy back down into the roots (making root veggies best harvested during a new moon).
Dry your flowers for about three weeks. Make sure they dry out completely, because if any of them are wet or have moisture it may not incorporate with the oil properly.
Once your flowers are good and dry, pull out all the seeds and throw the heads and petals into a mason jar. I like doing a mix, but if you have just heads fill the jar about 3/4 of the way. If you have just petals, fill about 1/2 to 1/3.
Choose your carrier oil! When looking at the specific type of oil you want, I always go with extra virgin olive oil, mostly because it can be found in the grocery store and you can get a good bottle of it for a pretty good price. Other popular carrier oils are jojoba, hemp seed and grapeseed. Each carrier oil holds different properties, so when choosing one, take a look at the different pros and cons, but almost any natural oil will do so long as it’s safe to be used in skin care.
Tips for choosing a carrier oil: Grapeseed oil can help with acne, but isn't typically recommended for projects that involve high heat. Jojoba oil is lightweight and not as greasy as other oils which makes it a nice face oil. Extra virgin olive oil is my personal favorite because it's great for hydrating dry skin, but it also has rare antioxidants that protect the skin from aging!
Pour the oil leaving about a half inch from the top of the jar. Put the top on the jar and seal it seriously tight, because the next step is...
Give the jar a good shake! This mixes the flowers and the oil together to ensure the flowers are completely covered.
Use a strainer to remove the flowers from the oil. I use the same sized jar and a small canning funnel, but you can also use cheesecloth. Discard the flowers and store the oil in a cool, dry place to make it last longer!
Let me know which flowers you chose for your infusion and how it turned out!