Many wild herbs have great medicinal properties, that could be life-saving in many situations.
In this guide we’re going to show you how to extract medicine out of plants and put it in oil form using heat, so that it can be used either directly on the skin or to make salves.
Why would you use heat? Well, if you’re running low on time, and need the medicine as soon as possible, heat is a really good way to kickstart an herbal infusion.
Let’s get started.
STEP 1: ADD HERBS
I have filled my jar one third to one half full of the dried herb.
STEP 2: ADD OIL
Next, add organic olive oil. Fill the jar completely.
|Ideally you would use organic olive oil from California, because in California they have really strict organic regulations. The oil you get from most of Europe you can’t really be sure, A, that it’s all olive oil and, B, that it’s organic, so very important I think to use organic olive oil from California.|
STEP 3: STIR
Stir the solution until mixed
STEP 4: TOP IT OFF
STEP 5: SEAL IT
STEP 6: LABEL IT
Label and date your solution, so you know what it is and you know when you put it in.
STEP 7: INFUSE WITH HEAT
There are a few ways you can use heat in order to extract the medicine out of the herbs.
One: You can put the solution in a double boiler and heat it on a very low heat.
|You never want it to boil because it changes the medicinal properties of the medicine and the herb itself. The chemical compounds will change with high heat, so be very careful about how much heat you put on it.|
Second: You could put this whole jar into a crock pot. On low heat and let it sit for a few days.
Third: The option we’re going to use which is put it on the stove.
For this method you will a pot with water on the stove on very low heat
Put the jar with the herbal solution in the water
Let it sit there for a few days. Turn it off at night for safety.
After a few days is take it out and let it cool.
STEP 8: STRAINER
Now I’m straining my medium. All you can do is take cheesecloth, which you can find at any store, and simple, rubber band it across a bowl.
STEP 9: POUR THE SOLUTION
Pour the solution through your strainer
|After six to eight weeks most of the medicine has transferred to the liquid. Strain out the flowers.|
STEP 9: LET IS SIT
Let it sit for a bit to let oil drain from herbs
STEP 10: GET EXCESS
The squeeze the cheesecloth to get the excess oil.
STEP 9: POUR THE SOLUTION TO CLEAN JAR
Now that you have your infused medicine, pour it into a clean, washed, sterilized jar. Now it is ready to use straight or to make a salve from
And that’s how you do a warm herbal infusion. This is a very simple method and it really kickstarts the infusion quickly.
Now it’ll be ready to make a salve or whatever it is I want to do with it.