How to Make Herb Infused Oils (+FAQS & Tips)

Learn how to make your own herb infused oils in this step by step guide. You can then use your finished oil to make lotion bars, creams, body butters, salves, lip balms, and natural soaps!


jars of infused oils and herbs and flowers

Flowers and herbs are filled with healthy components, but to harness those benefits for skincare products such as salves, lotion bars, serums, etc., we need to first infuse them into oil.

For most herbal oil infusions, it’s recommended to use dried herbs and flowers, to avoid introducing moisture into the oil which creates cozy spots for mold and bacteria. (There are a few exceptions where it’s best to use fresh herbs, more on that below.)


row of three jars of herbal oils infusing in front of a sunny window

Table of Contents

– How to Make a Basic Infused Oil
– Ingredients Needed for Herb-Infused Oils:
– Instructions for Folk Method:
– Or, The Math Formula Way
– Video: Infusing Oils
–  Three Infusing Techniques
–  1. Quick Heat Method:
–  2. Sunny Window Method:
– 3. Slower Traditional Method:
– How to Make Double or Triple Infusions
– Oil Suggestions
– Olive Oil (Olea europaea)
– Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus)
– Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis)
– Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
– FAQS About Infusing Oils
– Can I re-use the herbs and flowers after using them in an oil infusion?
– I forgot to strain my oil for months, is it still good?
– Can I use infused oils for cooking or eating?
– What’s the difference between infused oils and essential oils?
– Why doesn’t my oil smell like the herb or flower I used?
– Should I store infused oils in the fridge?
– What’s the shelf life of infused oils?
– How can I infuse fresh herbs, like St. John’s Wort?
– To infuse fresh/wilted herbs:
– Can I infuse oil with herbal powders?
– How do I infuse oil with resins?
– Can you infuse multiple herbs in the same jar?

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