Summer is the time to gather foraged and cultivated medicinal herbs to begin making infused oils.
Infused oils are simple to make! We'll identify several plants such as plantain, violets, dandelion, comfrey and pine and then begin a few infused oils. You'll finish the oils later at home, after several weeks of infusing.
You'll leave class with information about desirable plants to infuse, when and what to look for when gathering plant materials, how to prepare plant material for infusing, infusion methods, and how to finish the infusion process.
Finished infused oils are the building blocks for creating many useful herbal remedies such as green salve (indispensible!), cough and congestion chest rub, sore joint/arthritis rubs, skin creams, lip balms, and body butters. Infused oils can be used straight from the bottle - or included in soaps. So many options!
We'll hold another class in October to make herbal products using your infused oils. You'll have a whole summer to gather and infuse! A great opportunity to stock your family medicine chest and make gifts to share.
You need to bring the following items with you to class:
1-4 small sterilized glass jars with lids - empty (jars should be 2-4 oz size)
Food quality oils - enough to fill your jars (suggested oils: extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil)
It's important to bring small jars. If you don't have jars consider buying a case of half-pint canning with lids at the hardware or grocery store - costs about $8 for a case.
Taught by Cathy Cagle.
Please consider bringing something to share during our traditional post-class potluck buffet. Sharing food and socializing is a beloved practice for our group - good food and good people are always good together! We'll provide cups, plates, and eating utensils.