Making & Using Medicinal Herb Infused Oils

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.

 

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  • Veronika Craig B.

    Great class again, thanks Cathy! Looking forward to paperwork, hopefully there will be more infusion ideas to have ready for next class. Sorry I had to leave right away, would have loved some pears and squash :(

    September 7, 2013

  • Lori I.

    Another great class. Thank you Cathy. Also, a thank you to Alice and Bill for being so very generous and letting us gather up some pears and squash. So very kind of them.

    September 7, 2013

  • Connie

    Great class. Very informative.
    Thanks Cathy!

    September 7, 2013

  • Nancy R.

    great informative class without being overwhelming.

    September 7, 2013

  • Roderick

    Loved everyone I met

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    Great class. The most important thing Cathy pointed out was how many different ways you can make infused oils by varying the time, temperature, etc.

    September 7, 2013

  • Edyta g.

    Great!

    September 7, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    Great class, Cathy!

    September 7, 2013

  • Eilene

    car accident on way to meet up kept me too late to make it....had jars, oil and more and was so looking forward to it...hope it repeats itself soon.

    September 7, 2013

  • mark

    Won't make it this time. Got roped into stacking hay. See you all on the next one

    September 7, 2013

  • miniL

    Would love to be in the class if spot opens up.
    Thank you

    September 6, 2013

  • Nancy R.

    will we be indoors our outdoors or both? since it may rain tomorrow. trying to determine what to wear. will we meet in the warming house or where?

    September 6, 2013

    • Cathy C.

      Nancy, if it rains we'll be indoors - if not we may hold class outdoors. Dress for both?

      September 6, 2013

    • Nancy R.

      thx

      September 6, 2013

  • Eilene

    Having trouble finding jars???? Usually they're everywhere.

    September 6, 2013

    • Crystal

      Walmart and Meijer have them. For a little over $8

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    How about sunflower oil?

    September 1, 2013

    • Jacqueline

      Cathy, thanks and PLEASE call me Jacky

      September 3, 2013

    • Cathy C.

      yes, Jacky!

      September 3, 2013

  • mark

    I'll be coming from the north if anyone needs a ride

    September 3, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Hi. I will not be able to attend, so please let somebody take my place! Thanks

    September 1, 2013

  • Nancy R.

    If a spot opens up, please advise. I would be thrilled to come to this

    July 3, 2013

    • Cathy C.

      I sent you a message about an open spot.

      August 6, 2013

  • Isabel S.

    This class sounds great. Can't wait to attend!

    July 1, 2013

  • Deb O.

    I'm hoping for Crystal Lake, too. :)

    June 12, 2013

  • Colleen

    depending on the day and the location...I'd LOVE to attend this...crossing my fingers. :-)

    May 17, 2013

  • Margie S.

    Sounds interesting, but I Naperville is a long way for me. I'd have to pass if held there.

    April 30, 2013

    • Cathy C.

      it will not be in Naperville. Most likely in our standard crystal lake/mchenry/cary area.

      1 · April 30, 2013

    • Margie S.

      Fabulous. I hope I can make the chosen date/time. Thanks.

      May 1, 2013

  • Natalie

    wow - would love to join! hopefully not too far from me..(Northern suburb of Chicago)

    April 30, 2013

  • Linda W.

    This sounds very interesting but location will be the deciding factor on attending

    April 25, 2013

  • Jodi

    We would love to host this class at The Resiliency Institute in Naperville if you are interested.

    April 5, 2013

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