Category Archives: infused oil

Guess What I Found Hidden Away in the Lab?

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No way!

It’s…it’s…it’s…

St. Johns Wort infused oil!

When Kathryn came to visit a few months ago, I asked her about her St. Johns Wort oil. I think she thought I was crazy because she said something like “Don’t you remember? We made some in class.” Well I most certainly did not remember, so when I began unpacking my office things, imagine my surprise when I came across this guy.

My heart stopped and I felt like I had a winning lotto ticket. I could finally move forward from the heart break I’d suffered in this post.

This thing has been blending for 11 months, but the oil is still fan-fricken-tastic.

I started to decant and got almost a full jar.

Look at all this beautiful red luscious oil.

And I’ve managed to already burn myself a few times, so I got to use it. It really did heal my skin immediately and I didn’t develop any blisters or scabbing where I was burned.

I’ve died and gone to herbal heaven.

Love and slathered in red oil,

Camille

store: http://www.havelinasoap.com

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Time To Let It Go

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So dear friends, it’s finally time I let the St. John’s Wort infused oil go. I’ve let it sit far longer than I should have hoping beyond hope, I’d even get a light orange oil. No such luck.

After many months, I’m left with this. Very slightly infused oil. My heart is heavy as I say goodbye to my dreams of beautiful oil. But that’s okay, thanks to a late fall heat wave, I’ve got some gorgeous roses blooming in the garden. Guess what’s coming next?

-Camille

Shampoo Bars!

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Recently I decided to make shampoo bars. Whenever there’s a major season change, my scalp always has an extreme reaction and almost nothing I do soothes it. I thought that in addition to hot oil treatments, maybe a shampoo with less chemicals and more nutrients would help. I modified my soap recipe and added wheat germ and neem oil. Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamins D, A, E and in proteins. It also draws blood to whatever area it is applied to and is said to help encourage hair growth. Neem oil helps relieve dry, itchy scalp and strengthens hair while helping with hair growth. I used my calendula infused olive oil in the formula because calendula is very mild and soothing on irritated skin. I also threw in some peppermint essential oil for it’s cooling effect and because it helps remove dandruff.

Because I’d never made a shampoo bar before, I decided to start with a small batch.

Oh boy, remember last time I used this mold?

I was a little nervous about how this was going to turn out but luckily for me, the shampoo bar popped right out of the mold.

So far, I’m a fan.

I was pretty happy with how the shampoo batch was turning out. Except for a little soap ash on top, the bar looked and smelled wonderful. Then I cut into the batch.

You’ve heard me say it before. “AI-YAH!”

I had thought to add a little orange oxide to give the shampoo bars a little sparkle. Unfortunately, I didn’t mix it completely through when creating the batch. Luckily, this is only an aesthetic issue.

Because I just came up with this recipe, I’m looking for people to try the shampoo bars and give me feedback. I have ten 1.5 oz bars to giveaway. If you’re interested in trying them, just leave me a comment and I’ll let you know once the bars are ready to go.

Here’s to a healthy scalp and gorgeous, shiny hair!

-Camille

P.S. With a peppermint fragrance and minimal coloring, these would be awesome for guys to try too. 

With Sadness

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As you all know, I’ve been in an herbal medicine class for the past year. Our last class was Saturday, and I’m still sad about it. This class was more than just learning about herbs. It was a celebration of all things sacred to women, a reclaiming of our voice in a world. Many of us have forgotten how women were the caretakers of not just their families, but of the earth as well. For thousands of years, women were connected to plants and listened to the earth’s needs and wants. Somewhere along the way, these skills were lost, and we as people suffer because of it.

For the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by other like-minded women looking to become caretakers of the earth as medicine women. We are women who believe in the healing powers of the green world and are on a mission to spread the word. I hope some of you someday can take this class with Kami. It will change you in so many ways. 

In another post, I mentioned that we exchange little tokens on our last day of class. Here are some of the cute things that Kami and other students brought:

Pumpkin pie spice, candles, herbal teas, body butter sample

Guess which one Ms. Katherine brought?

How cute is this? She is just so creative!

Other students brought herbs and plants to share with the classmates. My classmate, Janet, even brought California poppy seeds for planting! How cool is that? Oh and before I forget, here is how the Medicine Woman soap turned out.

The green got greener, but I still got hit by the soap ash monster.

I also made these cute little four packs of soap for a few of my classmates and our teacher. (Yes, Katherine got one and yes, Dani, one is ready for you too.)

The four pack has a Simple Soap, Camille’s Blend, Good Morning Sunshine and Medicine Woman soap.

I’m still thinking about how much I’m going to miss my herbal classes and my herbal sisters. And with that said, I am signing off to go make some herbal fire cider.

My name is Camille and I am a plant person.

So Um…

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Finally, you can see some kind of infusion going on with the St. Johns wort oil.

 

Above, St. Johns Wort infusion at 2.5 weeks.

 

St. Johns Wort at 1 week.

Yes, I know, VERY minimal. Maybe I should have listened when my teacher told us only to use fresh herb when making a St. Johns Wort infusion. Hey, I’m stubborn sometimes. But, I am still hoping to see even more transition over the next few weeks. Wish me (and my infusion!) luck.

Camille

No Magic Just Yet

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I was just checking on the St. John’s Wort infused oil and guess what? No magic happening just yet. But that’s okay. It’s only been a week and something is still happening. Just gotta be patient.

Looks exactly the same as a week ago…

Back the windowsill for this guy! I’ll check it out again in a few days. I’m still hopeful I’ll get some really nice, red oil.

Camille

St. John’s Wort Infused Oil

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By now, you should know I love infused oils. They are so versatile to use and so easy to make. So when I got my hands on some dried St. John’s Wort, I immediately pulled out the jars and olive oil to make infused oil.

We studied St. John’s Wort in my herb class. It can be used topically for skin irritations such as burns, nerve pain, muscle spasms and even hemorrhoids. I am a fan of this particular herb oil infusion because I’m a first rate klutz. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally burned myself, tripped and hurt something, or even banged into door knobs.

From what I remember, fresh St. John’s Wort plant material makes a better infused oil than dry herb, but I’m not going to turn away the dried material.

First, fill the jar 1/3 full of the dried herb.

I know it looks like it’s more than 1/3 full, but it really is only a third.

Then fill your jar to the brim with the oil of your choice and seal.

Let it sit in a bright sunny place for at least 2 weeks. Even though I’m using dry plant material in this infusion, I still like to monitor what’s going on in the jar. Mold is not really an issue, but I like watching the sun and herbs do their magic.

The oil should turn a beautiful red color. I’ll post pictures to show you the progress as time goes on.

Camille