|Dried Hops Flowers & Calendula Flowers|
You Will Need:
1 oz (weight) Hops Flowers, Dried
1 oz (weight) Calendula Flowers, Dried
24 oz (weight) Coconut Oil, Fractionated (approximate)
5.10 ml Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
1.7 ml Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil
To create the infusion (heat method):
- Cut the herbs into smaller, more manageable pieces. This also increases the surface area of the botanicals and makes it easier for the oil to penetrate more compact bits of plant material. Place into a double boiler.
- Add fractionated coconut oil to just cover the herbs. You don't want your herbs to be swimming, rather they should be just soaking. Any type of vegetable oil can be used, we chose fractionated coconut.
|Dried Botanicals + Oil|
- Heat gently on Low to Medium heat for a minimum of 4 hours. The mixture can soak up to two days (providing you turn of the heat when unattended).
- Strain the oil through a coffee filter, muslin or cheesecloth, squeezing as much oil out of the plant matter as possible. The oil may be slightly cloudy, this is okay. It's almost impossible to completely filter all of the herbs out.
To create the finished product:
|Infused Bath Oil|
Combine the strained infusion with the essential oils to create a scented aromatherapy bath oil.
Note: You can also dilute your infusion with other vegetable oils to create a more exotic blend, but it will also dilute the properties found in the calendula and hops.
To Use: Pour into warm bath water and soak. Cleanse, rinse and exercise caution when exiting tub to avoid slipping. Bath oils may coat the tub even after water is drained.
Allison B. Kontur