If you haven’t heard about infused oils they are also referred to as macerated oils; they are made up of carrier oils that have been infused with one or more herbs. Infused oils are used to add flavor to cooking oils, making scent oils used in aromatherapy, making massage oils and making beauty products such as; lotions and soaps. Carrier oil also termed as vegetable, base or fixed oil is a type of oil that has been derived from the fatty part of a plant. These parts include; the plant seeds, kernel and the nuts.
Depending on the carrier oil used, infused oils obtain their oily property from them. Infused oils are considered to be highly beneficial since they are made up of both properties of the carrier oil used and the infused herbs. It is highly recommended that you should use carrier oil while making infused oil, since they are plant based and unlike essential oils they do not have a concentrated aroma and do not evaporate.
What to Consider When Choosing Carrier Oils for Infused Oil:
Nutrients: Carrier oils comprise of various nutrients, minerals and fat soluble vitamins. The best carrier oils are those that are made up of vitamin E that act as an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E is essential for the skin and also extends the shelf life of the infused oil.
Essential fatty acids: These are fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture and can obtain them from diets. They are beneficial to the skin since they help in nourishing it. Choose carrier oil with a good ratio and with the best essential fatty acids.
Aroma: Ensure that you choose carrier oil that does not have a strong and bitter aroma. Such oils are considered to be rancid; hence lowering the oil’s shelf life. Select one that has a faintly sweet and nutty aroma.
Processing method: The best carrier oil is one that has been cold pressed or cold expeller pressed. This method ensures that the oils are processed with cool conditions; hence their fragile nutrients are not harmed.
The best plant based oils to use as carrier oils:
Avocado oil: This is a rich, nourishing oil that comprises of essential vitamins such as; vitamin A, D and E. It is suitable for all skin types and it helps in moisturizing and soothing sensitive skin. It also stimulates circulation and fluid retention. It is highly preferred, since it can blend with numerous carrier oils.
Grape seed oil: This is light, non-greasy oil that is suitable for all skin types. Grape seed oil is essential for the skin, since it strengthens tissue cells, preserves the skin’s natural moisture and it is quickly absorbed by the skin.
Hazelnut oil: It is known for its nutty aroma which makes it easier to blend with various carrier oils that are neutral smelling. It moisturizes the skin and makes it soft hence suitable for normal to dry skin. Due to its soft and smooth feeling on the skin, hazelnut oil can be used on sensitive skin even on baby skin.
Jojoba oil: It is nourishing oil that has a fine texture, due to its liquid wax nature. It is suitable for all skin types from normal skin to dry skin, and also sensitive skin.
Olive oil: It is considered to have numerous skin care benefits. It is highly recommended that you blend it with another type of oil, due to its strong scent in order to neutralize the smell. It moisturizes and soothes the skin; hence suitable for dry skin.
Sunflower oil: It is among the most popular oils in the market, since it is suitable for all skin types. It can also be used to treat aged and damaged skin types. It is advisable to blend it with soft oil in order to use it for massage.
How to make infused oil
You should use a crock pot with a low heat setting, since infused oils should be gently heated. You are required to add two ounces of the carrier oil you choose and add 2/3 ounce of dried herbs to the crock pot and stir. Turn on the crock pot and allow the blend to heat on the lowest heat setting for two hours, and ensure that you stir after every fifteen minutes. After two hours use unbleached muslin to strain the oil. Ensure that you strain twice in order to avoid any herbs from remaining in the oil, since they can cause rancidity.
In conclusion, in order for you to obtain good results while using infused oil ensure that you select the best carrier oil with numerous benefits.