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Posted 1/22/2014 12:03:12 PM
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How do you so this and what herbs work the best in olive oil?
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All herbs work beautifully infused in olive oil, though if you are making body products and don't care for the smell of olive oil in your final product, you may want to use a less potent carrier oil, such as apricot kernel oil or jojoba oil, instead. There are several ways you can go about infusing oils. Here are the three I'm familiar with:

- Solar method: Fill a clear jar with herbs and cover with oil by at least 2 inches, and put a lid on the container. Set in a sunny location for a month or longer. (Do not worry about the oil going rancid; the properties of the herbs will prevent that.) I find that this method yields a more strongly infused oil.

- Oven method: Fill an oven-safe container with herbs and cover with oil by at least 2 inches. Cover container, and put in a 200-degree-F oven for 2-4 hours.

- Double boiler method: Fill a jar or double boiler with herbs and cover with oil by at least 2 inches. Cover top portion with a tight-fitting lid, and place over bottom pan filled with water. Cook for at least 45 minutes, making sure the oil doesn't boil.

The article "3 Ways to Infuse Oil" (http://www.hobbyfarms.com/food-and-kitchen/infuse-oils.aspx) also outlines how to infuse oil in a slow cooker.

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Posted 2/18/2014 2:07:32 PM
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