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Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe

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Cornsilk Hair Conditioner RecipeCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe

If you are looking for a conditioner recipe that will completely nourish your hair, then you will love our Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe. This diy hair care recipe includes great wholesale cosmetic ingredients from Natures Garden that will care for your hair. Not only does this cosmetic recipe include cosmetic oils that will nourish your hair, but this conditioner recipe includes loving cosmetic herbs, too. So, you can use our bath and body recipe to create a homemade conditioner recipe that will truly care for your hair.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Ingredients and Equipment

BTMS 25 Emulsifier
Cornsilk Powder
Horsetail Herb Cut & Sifted
Argan Oil
OPTIPHEN – Preservative
VITAMIN E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural
8 oz. Clear Boston Round Bottles
Disposable Pipettes
Fillable Tea Bags
Two Small Pots
Large Pot
Large Mixing Bowl
Stick Blender
Rubber Spatula
Distilled Water

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Weights and Amounts

425 grams of the Distilled Water
25 grams of the Vegetable Glycerin
25 grams of the BTMS 25
20 grams of the Argan Oil
26 grams of the Grapefruit Lemongrass Energize Fragrance Oil
5 grams of the Optiphen Presevative
5 grams of the Vitamin E Oil
3 tablespoons of the Cornsilk Powdered Herb
3 tablespoons of the Horsetail Herb Cut and Sifted

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Clean and Sanitize

Before you begin creating you own homemade hair care recipe, you need to make sure that your work space and equipment is clean. First, you will need to gather and sanitize the equipment you will need for this  cosmetic recipe. Further, you will want to get gloves, an apron, and a hair net to protect yourself and keep your recipe clean as you work. Also, you will need to tidy up your work space to ensure that you have enough room to work. Once you have prepared your work space and equipment, you will be ready to begin working.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Creating the Double Boiler

You are going to need to use a double boiler to heat your wholesale cosmetic ingredients. So, you will need to use this equipment to prevent your ingredients from burning.  If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one right at home with two differently sized pots. First, you will use the larger pot to hold the water. Next, you are going to need to put the smaller pot inside the larger pot. Before you add your ingredients, make sure that you boiling water doesn’t go over into your smaller pot. Once you have checked that the water won’t boil over, you can add your cosmetic ingredients for heating.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Preparing the Water Phase

First, you are going to want to prepare the water phase for your homemade hair care recipe. This part of the process will start with sterilizing the water. Then, you are going to use your filled tea bags to infuse the beneficial properties of these wholesale cosmetic herbs into the hair care products. As your herbal tea is steeping, you can move on to the oil phase of this project.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Sterilize the Water

Next, you are going to want to sterilize the water that you need for your diy conditioner recipe. You are going to need to heat your distilled water to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will make sure that the bacteria has been destroyed. Although this bath and body recipe only requires 425 grams of water, you will want to make sure that you have plenty more. Of course, some of the water will evaporate as you boil the water. Once your water reaches the proper temperature, you will want to keep this temperature above 180 degrees for twenty minutes.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Preparing the Tea BagsCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Preparing the Tea Bags

Now that your water has been sterilized you are ready to create the herbal infusion. So, you are going to fill one of the teabags with the wholesale herbs. You will need to add 3 tablespoons of the Corn Silk Powdered Herb to one bag and 3 tablespoons of the Horsetail Herb to the other  tea bag. After you have filled each of your tea bags and pulled the bags shut, you are ready to make your herbal tea. Just weigh out 425 grams of the sterilized water and use your filled tea bag to make a tea.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Cornsilk Powdered Herb Benefits

This cosmetic herb is included in this hair care recipe as it has some wonderful benefits. This wholesale herb has nutrients that will nourish your hair and scalp. First, this cosmetic herb will provide your body with benefits that will will soften your hair. So, this cosmetic herb will leave your hair feeling silky and soft. Plus, this wholesale herb will nourish your scalp and reduce inflammation, which can be useful for fighting dandruff. Plus, this cosmetic herb provides a brown natural colorant.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Horsetail Herb Benefits

Also, we included some of the horsetail cosmetic herb in our diy conditioner recipe. This wholesale herb is another fantastic that will nourish your hair. First, this cosmetic herb can be used to help reduce dandruff. Plus, this herb has properties that can promote thick, luscious locks of hair. If you have had trouble with hair loss, then you will love the benefits of this herb. First of all, this cosmetic herb will help to prevent further hair loss. Not only will this herb help you keep the hair you already have, but the herb can be used to promoted new hair growth, too!

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Preparing the Oil Phase

Next, you are going to prepare the oil phase of this cosmetic recipe. These various cosmetic ingredients will need to be weighed and combined. After, these cosmetic ingredients will be melted using the double boiler. Further, you will need to stir your cosmetic ingredients as you heat to prevent scorching.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Melting the Cosmetic OilsCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Melting the Cosmetic Oils

Now, you are ready to melt your cosmetic oils for your conditioner recipe. You will need to use your double boiler to melt these cosmetic ingredients. So, weigh out 25 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 25 grams of BTMS 25, and 20 grams of Argan Oil. You will need to add these ingredients to your double boiler until the pot is completely melted. Be sure to keep an eye on these cosmetic ingredients and periodically stir your ingredients to prevent scorching. Once your cosmetic ingredients are completely melted, then you are ready to move on to the next step!

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Alternative Cosmetic Oils

Although this lovely homemade conditioner recipe includes 20 grams of argan oil, you can alter this cosmetic oil to provide better fit for your personal hair care needs. Whether you need a more conditioning oil or a lighter oil, you can find the perfect cosmetic oils to include in your hair care recipes. If you are interested in finding out more about the cosmetic oils that are best for your hair, then check out our blog on Oils for Various Hair Types. Once you have found the best cosmetic oil for you hair, you will just replace the Argan Oil with 20 grams of your new cosmetic oil.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Combining Water and Oil Phases

Now, you are ready to combine the oil phase with the water phase. You will want to pay attention to the temperatures using your candy thermometer. Also, you are going to want to move fast to combine your two mixtures at the correct temperature. You will want to stay between 120 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t combine your oil and water phases at the right temperature, then you may not have a proper emulsion. This would mean that your final product would separate in a similar fashion to the way Italian dressing would separate.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Blending the Water and Oil PhasesCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Blending the Water and Oil Phases

Once both the herbal infused water and the melted oils are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, you are ready to blend these two phases. So, you will combine your herbal water phase and oil phase in a large mixing bowl. You will want to use a stick blender to completely emulsify all of your ingredients. While your cosmetic ingredients will be mixed thoroughly, your conditioner recipe will still be thin until it cools.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Adding the Remaining Cosmetic IngredientsCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Adding the Remaining Cosmetic Ingredients

After your mixture has cooled to about 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit, you are ready to add the remaining cosmetic ingredients. Now that your conditioner mixture is at the right temperature, you can add the last few ingredients that could potentially burn off the cosmetic ingredients. So, you will weigh out 5 grams of Optiphen Preservative, 5 grams of Vitamin E Oil, and 26 grams of Grapefruit Lemongrass Energize Fragrance Oil. Now, all the ingredients for your hair care are included in the conditioner. 

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Grapefruit Lemongrass Energize Fragrance OilCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Grapefruit Lemongrass Energize Fragrance Oil

The bright, refreshing aroma of the Grapefruit Lemongrass Energize Fragrance Oil is perfect for providing a wonderful scent for your conditioner. This scented oil begins with citrus notes of Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, and Mandarin blend with notes of Lemongrass. Then, the sweet of Lily of the Valley, Rose, and Muguet. Finally, the scented oil has a base of lemongrass and musk. Altogether, these notes blend to create a lovely scented oil that will provide a wonderfully clean scent for your conditioner recipe.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Using Wholesale Packaging SuppliesCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Using Wholesale Packaging Supplies

Once your conditioner recipe has cooled to room temperature, you are ready to use your wholesale packaging supplies. Now that your conditioner has thickened, you can add your finished product into your containers. For this conditioner recipe, we chose to use two 8 oz bottles. An easy way for you fill your containers is to fill is to use a plastic bag. After you scoop your conditioner into the bag, you can cut a whole in a corner. Then, you can squeeze your conditioner recipe into your conditioner containers.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Horsetail Herb Tea

Not only does the horsetail herb have benefits for your cosmetics, but this cosmetic herb can be used to boost your internal health, too. Some people will use food grade horsetail herb to create a tea that will care for the body. If you want to learn a little bit about the internal benefits of this cosmetic herb, then you may want to check out the Horsetail Tea article from The Right Tea. Adding this lovely homemade tea to your cosmetics will nourish your body. This tea can be used to increase nail and bone strength, improve healing, prevent urinary tract infections, and so much more! So, check out some of the wonderful benefits that this herbal tea can provide.

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Reach Out to UsCornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you enjoyed this homemade conditioner recipe! If you have any questions about making this cosmetic recipe, then feel free to reach out to us for help. As always, you can ask us your crafting questions on the phone, in the NG store, or even online. You can use one of our various social media platforms as an easy way to reach out to us. There is a Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to reach out to us on Twitter and Instagram. Further, you can share your own creations and opinions with us on social media. We hope that you enjoy your conditioner recipe and that we hear from you very soon!

Cornsilk Hair Conditioner Recipe: Note About Our Cosmetic Recipes

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the craft recipes provided on our website. The testing of the finished products is your responsibility as the customer. If you plan to resell the finished product from the recipe we provided for our Cornsilk Hair Conditioner, then it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are any ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase any of those ingredients.


Herbs for Luck and Success

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Herbs for Luck and SuccessHerbs for Luck and Success

If you are looking to create scented crafts for St. Patrick’s Day, then these wholesale herbs may be a perfect place to start. You can use wholesale cosmetic herbs to create nourishing cosmetic recipes that have been said to bring luck too! This blog will share various cosmetic herbs that have been known in lore to be great herbs for luck and success.

Not only can you use these fortunate herbs to bring good luck, but these cosmetic herbs can be used to benefit your homemade bath and body recipes! Many of these herbs have beneficial properties for the skin and body. Whether you would like to try out our cosmetic recipes or create your own lucky scented craft recipes, you will be sure to find some beneficial herbs to include! So, anyone that wants to create cosmetic recipes infused with good fortune will want to start with one of these wholesale herbs.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Chamomile Flowers HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Chamomile Flowers Herb

One lucky herb that you can enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day is the Chamomile Flowers German Herb and the Chamomile Flowers German Powder. Many people attribute properties of purification and protection to this lovely cosmetic herb. Further, many civilizations have used this lucky flower in their lives to promote good fortune in various ways. Egyptian mythology states this cosmetic herb was associated with the god of the sun. Not only did Egyptian people use this herb to treat illnesses, but they included chamomile in the mummification process to protect the dead. Further, these ancient people have used herb on plants in an attempt to bring back plants that weren’t doing well. In the southern states of America, a flower crown many of chamomile is considered to bring new love or other good luck. Also, some gamblers have a superstition of washing their hands in chamomile tea for bringing good luck! 

Not only is this a great wholesale herb for luck, but this cosmetic ingredient has benefits for skin care too! This cosmetic herb can be used to soften the skin and reduce inflammation. So, the chamomile flowers herb is perfect for making relaxing bath and body recipes, like the Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe.  So, the chamomile flowers herb may be a great choice for creating your own homemade bath and body recipes.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Poppy Seed HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Poppy Seed Herb

Often, bakers will add some whole poppy seeds to enhance the flavor of delicious food, like bagels or muffins. However, a lovely flavor isn’t the only benefit that you can have from using this cosmetic herb. Many people have found that the poppy seed herb can be used to bring about both luck and money. Not only can you use this cosmetic herb to bring about some luck, but you can use our Poppy Seed Whole herb to create fantastic bath and body recipes.  So, you can have the good fortune as well as the cosmetic benefits this herb has to offer. Of course, you can use this cosmetic herb to create the Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes Recipe or the Pampered Foot Scrub Recipe. This wholesale cosmetic herb can be used to create naturally exfoliate your skin and bring about good fortune.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Clove HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Cloves Herb

Next, you can use our wholesale clove herb to bring about good fortune. Plus, you can use our Whole Cloves herb to create lovely bath and body recipes. First of all, the clove herb is thought to provide protection and clear out negativity in someone’s life. Also, some people believe that this rich spice herb is an aphrodisiac and will help to bring love into your life. So, this herb would be used to bring about peace, love, and protection.

Additionally, this rich herb can be used to create various candle and soap recipes. First, you can use this wholesale herb to create homemade potpourri or make some cosmetic recipes. One herbal recipe you can create for this lucky day is our Rustic Wax Melts Recipe. This is a perfect, natural wax melt that provides a strong aroma as well as some potential for good luck. Also, you can use this herb to enhance the aroma of this herb in your bath and body recipes.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Mint HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Mint Herb

Also, you can enjoy all of the benefits that our wholesale mint herbs have to offer. This cosmetic herb is thought to have benefits of strength and protection. Also, some ancient folklore states that this cosmetic herb can be used to increase your luck with money. In fact, some people believe that rubbing mint on the paper money in your wallet to strengthen your wealth and investments. Not only can you use this cosmetic herb to promote well being and wealth, but this cosmetic herb can be used to make some lovely cosmetic recipes.

One herbal recipe that you can use to benefit your life is peppermint! You will love the cosmetic properties of Peppermint Leaf Cut & Sifted and Peppermint Leaf Powder for your cosmetic recipesYou can make homemade bath and body recipes, like the Refreshing Face Mask Recipe. Another wholesale herb that you can use to bring good luck is spearmint! You can use the Spearmint Leaf Cut & Sifted to care for the skin and provide a cooling sensation. Further, this herb can be used to create the Mojito Bath Bomb Recipe. Of course, both of these mint herbs will provide you with cosmetic benefits as well as good fortune.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Basil Leaf HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Basil Leaf Herb

Due to the beloved taste of the basil herb, this is often used as an ingredient in delicious food recipes. However, the basil herb has been known to benefit people even more. First, the sweet basil herb was thought to bring luck by many in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. In fact, this herb was considered to protect against witches and was included in holy water. Also, it was thought that this cosmetic herb was growing around Jesus’ tomb after the resurrection.  

Not only is it thought that the basil herb would bring good luck and protection, but this wholesale herb is a great cosmetic herb for bath and body recipes. So, you can use this ground herb to benefit your various bath recipes. If you are interested, you can use our Basil Leaf Ground to create wholesale cosmetic recipes and herbal candle recipes. You can use this herb to create your own cosmetic recipes or try out our Basil Sage Mint Bubble Bar Recipe to create herbal recipes for skin care.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Rosemary HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Rosemary Herb

Another cosmetic herb that you may want to try for good luck is rosemary! Many people have used this herb to improve their luck. The Europeans from the Middle Ages used this aromatic herb to provide protection and good fortune. They would use this herb to ward off evil presences and protect their homes. In fact, it is considered lucky to plant rosemary outside of your front door. 

Not only is this herb thought to bring good luck, but rosemary can be used to create fantastic cosmetic recipes! Your skin can benefit from the cosmetic herb. This herb can be used to nourish the skin as well as relieve soreness. So, you can use our Rosemary Leaf Whole in your various herbal cosmetic recipes to bring luck and care for your skin!

Herbs for Luck and Success: Cinnamon Stick HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Cinnamon Stick Herb

Further, you can use our cinnamon herbs to improve both your scented recipes and your own good fortune. Both the whole Cinnamon Sticks 2 3/4 inch and the Cinnamon Sticks 6 inch are perfect for increasing your own success, energy, and protection. These attributes were important for rituals, including Egyptian mummification. Further, ancient Greek and Roman civilizations used this cosmetic herb in funeral rites to provide protection for the recently deceasedAlso, this cosmetic herb was used in ancient Chinese medicine for healing energies.

Additionally, these whole cinnamon sticks are perfect for creating homemade potpourri as well as other soap and candle recipes. This cosmetic herb is useful for treating acne, reduce redness, and increase the skin’s moisture. For example, you can create either the Pumpkin Bubble Bars Recipe or the Eggnog Candle Recipe. So, you can create various candle and soap making recipes that will provide benefits to your recipes. Plus, this cosmetic herb can be used to promote good fortune!

Herbs for Luck and Success: Allspice HerbHerbs for Luck and Success: Allspice Herb

Another wholesale herb that has been associated with good luck is the allspice herb! This cosmetic herb has been thought to bring about some good things! It is thought that this herb can be used to either increase the amount money you have or just for general good fortune for your life. According to the known lore on this powdered herb, the allspice herb needs to be burned to increase your fortune. So, it is thought that you can simply burn some whole allspice herb in your home to gain the lovely benefits.

But, that is not the only way to gain the potential benefits! You can use Allspice Ground Jamaican to create scented wax tarts for your burner. Not only will these candle wax recipes provide you with the same benefits as burning the whole herb, but this herb will help you create wonderful herbal candles. Further, you can use the aroma of this cosmetic spice herb to enhance the scent of your candle making aroma. This way you can benefit from the luck of this cosmetic herb as well as the lovely aroma of this herb.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Red Clover BlossomsHerbs for Luck and Success: Red Clover Blossoms

While you may believe that the four leaf clover would be the luckiest kind of clover, there are some people that have found red clover blossoms to be just as lucky! In fact, red clover was used by indigenous North America and Europe to bring about good health and peace. This traditional herb was used in tonics or teas to provide benefits to their lives. Not only was this whole herb used to bring good fortune, but red clover has some nutritional benefits for the body, too! This lovely wholesale herb was used to enrich the diet, aid in digestion, and soothe the skin. So, these additional cosmetic benefits for the skin would be perfect for creating quality bath and body recipes. You can use our cut and sifted Red Clover Blossom either directly in your bath recipes or through a herbal infusion recipe.

Herbs for Luck and Success: Additional Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Not only is chamomile tea thought to bring you good luck, but it can provide other benefits as well. You can use this soothing herb for making cosmetics to relax your body, reduce aches, and boost various body functions. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of this herbal tea, then check out this article on 13 Benefits Of Chamomile Tea For Skin, Hair And Overall Health: Drink Up! So, you will find that there are many great reasons for you to try making this tea other than a bit of luck!

Herbs for Luck and Success: Reach Out to UsHerbs for Luck and Success: Reach Out to Us

If you are interested in learning even more about these wholesale cosmetic herbs, then feel free to reach out to us at Natures Garden. So, you can ask us any questions about using any of these wholesale herbs in your various candle and soap making recipes. We are available for you to reach out to us on our HUG Line, in the store, and online. An easy way to talk to us online is to reach out to us on social media. You can find us on our social media sites, like the Natures Garden company Facebook page. Also, you can use @ngscents to find us on both Instagram and Twitter. If you are interested in sharing your own herbal recipes for Saint Patrick’s Day, then sharing on our social media is a great place to start!


Homemade Herbal Shampoo

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Homemade-Herbal-ShampooHomemade Herbal Shampoo 

You can do a lot of good with DIY home recipes if you know what you’re doing in advance, but it will take a good bit of knowledge and work to make them happen. One such recipe is what we will point out ahead, making a homemade herbal shampoo. Before you begin you will need the following materials:

  • Roughly 2 ounces of unscented castile soap
  • 5 ounces of water infused with your choice of herbs
  • Quarter spoon of carrier oil or more if you have dry hair
  • 20-40 drops of essential oil of your choice

The herbal infusion should be the first step on your list, using a teaspoon or a pinch of each herb you want to place in the shampoo and placing it in a heatproof glass or jar. Pour a cup of simmering hot water over them and cap it off, letting it steep like that for a few hours. You can then strain it and take about 5 ounces of it. You can use the rest for bathwater or you can combine it with vinegar to make a refreshing hair rinse.

Using your castile soap, essential oil and carrier oil, mix them into the water you just set aside. You then need to stir it until they are mixed together. Make sure you avoid making bubbles if possible, as they will only make the job harder. You will then need to pour it all into a container you can use for bathing. An old shampoo bottle will do the trick just fine.

You can work with small batches of this shampoo at a time, storing the rest inside your fridge if you need to. You can have a shelf life of a few weeks at least, but you would still do well to check for problems regardless, since this is a homemade product without the chemicals present in commercial brands. You need to work by swirling or shaking the shampoo before each use, as it will have settled before you take a bath. You may want to follow that up with a bit of water and a bit of vinegar as well.

There can be a combination of fresh and dry herbs used for your purposes, but each and every one of them will be a different scent in the overall combination. Some of them are better for certain types of hair, while others not so much. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Chamomile is often used for lighter hair, while rosemary can be used for darker hair, but you can mix things if you feel like it. You can also make a great floral shampoo by using lavender, violets and roses as well as other flowers that pretty much match the essential oils you plan on using. You can also use thyme, tea tree oil and rosemary to make that happen as well.
  • Calendula and comfrey are also quite useful if you have scalp issues, as well as rosemary. Lavender can help heal a dry and itchy scalp, so it makes a great choice for herbal shampoos.

You should take great care when you work, since you may make a mess that requires careful cleaning. Although this is still soap, you don’t want to have it spill all over. Carpet cleaning, floor cleaning and even more cleaning will be necessary if you make a mess, so try to work in a location that allows you to deal with it without it.

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We hope that you enjoy this Homemade Herbal Shampoo.  Please visit our recipe box for even more free recipes!


Herbal Infusion Recipe

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herbal oilHerbal Infusion Recipe

This is the basic recipe for making patchouli infused oil to be used in the creation of various bath and body products.  For this recipe we are going to be using the double boiler method.  There are various methods to choose from when making an herbal oil infusion.  To view other processes of infusing herbs for bath and body products please click on this linkPlease note:  Depending on the herb/herbs that you are selecting to infuse, will determine whether you go with a hot method or a cold method route of infusion.  Some herbs are very heat sensitive.  Therefore, if heat is introduced for the infusion, some of the medicinal benefits may be lost.

With oil infusion, a key to remember is the longer that the herbs are allowed to set in the oil, the stronger the herbal infusion will be.  Our herbal infusion sat undisturbed for 4 weeks (after the double boiler method) before we strained the herbs out and introduced the infusion to a recipe.

We selected sweet almond oil because it readily absorbs into the skin and has a non-greasy feel to it.  There are however other oils you can choose from.  For the selection of your solvent (liquid you are infusing the herbs into), you will want to pick an oil that has a low rancidity rate.  Some other great solvents that can be used are: vegetable glycerin, apricot kernel oil, and olive oil.  Each oil has various skin loving attributes to them, so it is very easy to cater the oil infusion you want to make to the specific need you are looking for.

Although there are other herbs you can select for oil infusion; for this recipe, we wanted to make an oil infusion that was great for dry skin and promoted a healthy and radiant glow.  Besides being an astringent, patchouli is also known for its antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties.  Plus, since Valentine’s Day is coming, and patchouli is known for its possible APHRODISIAC properties, we found patchouli to be a good herb of choice.

For this infusion, you will need:

patchouli oil infusionPatchouli c/s
Sweet Almond Oil
a pint sized canning jar with lid
2 pots (one smaller with lid, and one larger)
Stove top

Here are the steps for making patchouli infused oil (double boiler method):

Using a scale, weigh out 45 grams of patchouli c/s.  Place the herb into the smaller pot.  Next, weigh out 392 grams of Sweet Almond Oil.  Pour this over the herbs in the smaller pot, set aside.  Next, place some water into the larger pot.  You want to have at least 3-4 inches of water.  Next, place the large pot onto the stove top on the lowest setting of heat possible.

making patchouli oil infusion

Then, place the lid on the smaller pot and then place the smaller pot into the larger one.  Although it is essential to keep the small pot lidded the entire time it is heated, you will want to monitor the oil infusion and stir it occasionally.  You will want to let the oil infusion simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour.  Do not allow water to get into your infusion.

double boiler herbal oil infusion

Once this time period has passed, remove the smaller pot from the larger one.  Allow the oil infusion to reach room temperature and then place the oil infusion into a pint sized canning jar and lid.

herb in oil

Although technically, once the herbs have simmered, you may strain them out and use the oil infusion once it reaches room temperature.  We however wanted a very strong patchouli oil infusion so we let the oil infusion set and steep for an additional 4 weeks after double boiling.  While the herbs were steeping, we took advantage of the sun and placed the jar in the window sill during the daytime.

Once four weeks had passed, the patchouli herb was strained out of the oil using cheesecloth.  Please note:  When you are ready to strain out the herbs, do not forget to apply pressure to the drenched herbs to get out as much oil as you can.  Finally, after tons of anticipation our oil infusion was ready to be put to use.

In the End
The patchouli oil infusion smelled amazing!  Not only was this recipe super easy to make, but it was fun too.  The addition of the oil infusion to our formulation allowed our end product that extra boost in the moisturizing category, and our skin was soft and supple after use too.

Happy Homemade!


Herbal Infusion

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Herbal InfusionHerbal Infusion

Many times the herbs that we seek out to use in a bath or body recipe may be a little too coarse for our skin.  This is the point where typically a conundrum lies.  The battle that is at hand is the great skin loving nutrients and benefits that herbs are able to provide versus the rigidity and awkwardness of the herbs physical form.  This is especially true for herbs that are cut and sifted.

There is however great news to share.  An herbal infusion is the problem solver in this situation.

What is an Herbal Infusion:  The true definition of the action of infusion is a procedure of withdrawing various nutritive compounds of an herb into a solvent, and allowing them to linger in the solvent for a period of time.  Basically, an herbal infusion is the method of extracting the medicinal benefits of herbs and steeping them to allow the transfer of herbal benefits into another medium.

There are different kinds of herbal infusions that can be made.  They all vary according to what medium is used.  The different solvents or mediums that can be used for an herbal infusion are water, oil (such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil, or sweet almond oil), vegetable glycerin, vinegar, propylene glycol, or alcohol.  Typically, herbal infusions made with alcohol or vegetable glycerin are referred to as tinctures or extracts.  The difference between extracts and tinctures is the amount of herb infused in the alcohol or glycerin.  An extract is considered 1 part herb to 1 part alcohol or glycerin.  A tincture is considered 1 part herbs to 3 parts alcohol or glycerin.

Infusions are necessary with some herbs due to their delicate nature.  Typically the fragile parts of the plant are used for infusions; this would be the parts that are above ground.  These parts would include:  leaves, flowers, stems, or aromatic pieces.   It is important to know your herbs and understand their nature before deciding the best infusion route to take.

Hot infusions:
Hot infusions will bring out vitamins, and enzymes.  This type of infusion will also allow the aromatic notes of the herbs out, which are also known as essential oils.  This method works best for the herbs that are a little more reluctant to forgo their medicinal characteristics.  This is generally the herbs in the form of barks and roots; although all portions of the plant can be used.  Herbal tea is the most popular example of a hot herbal infusion.

Cold infusions:
Cold infusions are best for herbs that have a heat sensitive nature.  Using the hot method with these types of herbs may eliminate some of the remedial properties.  This process is best for these types of herbs because through steeping (allowing a plant material to set in a medium undisturbed), they will release their medicinal attributes without being forced to do so with heat.

It is believed that the best types of herbs to use for an infusion are dried ones.  This is because nourishing minerals and phytochemicals that are naturally in herbs are best accessed by the drying out of the herb.  However, fresh herbs may also be used.

Depending on the method of your herbal infusion, it will vary the strength of the infusion itself.  Another deciding factor with infusion is the time that your herbal infusion will take as well as the deadline of your need for the infusion.  There are several different ways varying in strength and steep time that you can infuse herbs.

solar herbal infusionSolar Infusion:  This method involves the placement of your herbs and your solvent into a covered glass jar.  Make sure the cover is on tightly.  Then you allow your jar to set undisturbed in a warm/sunny area of your home-under a skylight or in a window sill. Allow this mixture to set for at least two weeks.  For more potent infusions, allow to set for 4-6 weeks.  After the time has passed, you may strain the herbs out with cheesecloth and use.  To make an even stronger infusion with this method, after straining, add another round of herbs to the same oil and allow it to set and steep again for two additional weeks.  Solar infusions typically use oils as the medium.  NOTE:  While sun tea can be made this way, it is important to understand that water can grow mold and bacteria within days.  Therefore, refrain from allowing sun tea to set in the sun more than a day before using or before refrigerating.

Oven Extraction:  The best method to use if you have selected a heat sensitive oil as your solvent and you are in a time crunch.  This method involves placing your herbs and solvent in a glass jar.  You will also want to make sure that you have it covered with a tight fitting lid.  Once sealed, select a deep cake pan and fill it with water.  The water level should rise to cover about half of your jar.  Then, simply place your deep cake pan into the oven and allow it to heat for several hours.  You want to make sure your oven temperature is on its lowest setting.  Once the time has passed, strain the herb out and allow the infusion to reach room temperature before using.

Hot water herbal infusionHot Water Steep:  This herbal infusion can be done if water is your selected solvent.  To do this method, place your herbs in a glass container.  Then, boil water.  Once your water is at a boil, turn off the stove top and carefully pour the boiling water over the herbs and into the jar.  Once the hot water has been added, quickly lid the jar tightly.  Allow the herbs to steep for 4-10 hours before opening the container to strain the herbs out.  Allow the infusion to reach room temperature before using.  A recipe for this hot water tea infusion:  Place 1 cup of dried herbs into a quart jar.  Pour hot water over the herbs.  Lid.  Set for 4-6 hours.  Strain.

Double Boiler:  This method is done by placing the herbs and oil in a lidded pot with the tightest lid possible.  Herbal Oil Infusion Recipe:  45 grams white sage leaves  + 392 grams of apricot kernel oil.  Next, take a second bigger pot and place water into it. Then, place the bigger pot on the stove top and set it on a lower temperature setting.  Next, place the smaller lidded pot containing your herbs and oil into the bigger one.   Allow this to simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour.  Throughout the time, continuously check your oil to make sure it is not overheating, and stir.  After the time has elapsed, strain the herbs out using a cheesecloth.   Allow the infusion to reach room temperature before using.

Tips for Infusions:
You can add extra scent to your infusion by adding fragrance oils or essential oils.

You can place the herbs that you will be infusing into a teabag or cheesecloth to help make the straining process easier.

No matter which method of infusion you are doing, a tight fitting lid is essential to the process.

You can combine herbs to make creative herbal infusions.

Uses for Infusions:
Water infusions can be used as a hair rinse.  This rinse can be left on the hair until the next time you shampoo.

Water infusions can be ingested as a tea (hot or cold) as long as the herb is safe for consumption.  Some herbs cannot be ingested at all, and can be deadly if consumed.   Check with your doctor before ingesting any herbs.  Honey can be added to make the taste of the tea more favorable.  If you have remaining infusion, refrigerate to slow spoilage rate.

Herbal infusions can be applied directly to the skin.  Oil infusions can be used for oil based bath and body products like massaging oils.

Herbal infusions can be inhaled for aromatherapy purposes.

Oil infusions can be bases for salves and balms.

You can use an oil infusion for emulsion products like sugar scrubs, lotions, and soaps.

For all natural herbs that you can use to make your own herbal infusions, shop Natures Garden’s Herbs.

Natures Garden sells our herbs for external applications only.  We are providing this information for herbal infusions for educational purposes only.  Nothing we mention should be construed as medical advice or for medical treatment purposes.   Please consult your doctor before using any herbs for treatment or other medicinal purposes.