What is a carrier oil infusion?
By definition, an infusion is the introduction of a new element or quality into something else. That’s exactly what we’re talking about when we say carrier oil infusion. We are introducing new elements and properties into the carrier oil to make them even more effective and beneficial. When we talk about infusions, we are not talking about adding a few drops of essential oil. Instead, we’re talking about the addition of other plant materials and herbs into the carrier oil by means of, you guessed it, infusion.
Tips & Tricks
While there are many ways to infuse carrier oils, these are two of my favourite methods. It’s important to realize that there really isn’t a right or wrong in infusions. It is possible to overheat the herbs and oils. And it is possible to contaminate your infusion with water or by not using sterilized equipment. But beyond that, you can be pretty flexible. With that, you learn how to do different things to make the process easier or more effective. One of my favorite tricks is to gently grind up the herbs I want to infuse into my carrier oil using a mortar and pestle. This helps release some of the essential oils from the herb which makes your overall infusion a tad bit stronger and more fragrant. I’ve also found the carrier oil infusion strains better when you use multiple layers of cheesecloth and a fine-meshed strainer.