Making infused oils is a process of transferring flavour and scent into a carrier oil.  It can be used to add flavour to cooking oils. As well as making scent oils for use in aromatherapy, massage oils and making beauty products like soaps and lotions. 

It is a simple process of infusing flowers, herbs or spices into an oil by heating or letting it sit in a sunny spot so that  the volatile oils can transfer into the carrier oil. I will show you how I make them in this instructable.

Step 1: Materials:

  • Oil (I will discuss the different types to use in Steps 2 and 5)
  • Herbs, spices, flowers
  • Clean, dry glass jars
  • Clean decorative glass containers
  • Coffee filters, cheesecloth, sieve
  • Funnel
  • Spoon
  • Hot plate/double boiler or pan/skillet
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Sunny windowsill
Sterilize the glass jars and bottles that you will be using by running them through the dishwasher.  It is important that they are completely dry.

As you will see in the following steps a wide assortment of flowers, herbs and spices can be used in making infused oils.  Since you will ingesting or putting these oils on your body I would recommend using organic material if you can.  Better still if you can grow them in your garden, you can control what goes on the plants as well as save yourself a lot of money too.  Even a little potted herb plant on your windowsill will do.
<p>I know this is going to sound like a bazaar question, but is it possible to create a perfume that smells like fried chicken? If so, how would I go about making that happen? I imagine that I would need to use the oil I would have used to fry chicken in, but I'm not really sure. <br><br>I know it's weird, but I want to create it as a gag gift for a relative who would find it both funny and usable. </p>
<p>Hi there... You might want to try Perfumer's Apprentice. They have TONS of stuff to choose from. They also do flavors, which seems fun but I've never bought those. They have a chicken and waffles flavor... https://shop.perfumersapprentice.com/c-156-savory-flavors.aspx</p>
<p>I need to make vinca (periwinkle) infused oil. Any suggestions?</p>
<p>If you want to use it medicinally I would not use the heating method unless you use a low temperature, the sunlight method would probably be best. </p>
<p>Thank you. I am using it for medicinal purposes. What oil would you suggest? Most everything I have read, which isn't much, is for cooking and they are using olive oil.</p>
<p>Any of the edible oils should work such as the nut or seed oils, olive oil or grape seed oil.</p>
<p>I want to infuse lavender oil with cannabis. Could you tell me if the week in window or the double boiler is the best method. Thanks for you help. Oregon330</p>
There isn't an easy answer to your question, so please bear with me bc I'm about to write a very long response. <br><br>Infusing cannabis can be a long, tedious process which intimidates a lot of people. And it's fairly easy to screw up if don't have the patience or time. It is very much doable at home, however. It's enough of a pain in the arse that I plunked down a couple hundred $$ for a machine which helps me infuse all my herbs, including non-psychoactive ones, much more easily &amp; efficiently. I've been making infusions &amp; herbal products for many many years &amp; still find the process of infusing cannabis a big fat pain. Check out Magical Butter machine. It rocks &amp; is well worth the expense if you regularly make infusions of any kind, including tinctures, butters, oils, honeys etc. <br><br>If you mean infusing cannabis into lavender *essential oil*, I wouldn't recommend that. You'd need a truckload of it to have it deep enough in your container to do that because you've got to completely cover your herbs. Essential oils in that volume can get expensive, even at wholesale prices, and especially if you're not used to working with them as they diffuse/evaporate into the air. <br><br>I'd suggest infusing dried lavender into your base oil first, using either the sunlight method given here or the low heat method. The low heat method is far faster. I'd suggest 2-4 weeks if using the method given here. The longer the better. And crush, don't grind, the lavender buds/leaves up really well before covering with your carrier/base oil. <br><br>As for your cannabis, what are you using your finished product for? Topical pain relief? Skin care? A massage oil? Edibles? If edibles, I'd go easy on the lavender bc it doesn't taste so hot in oil infusions. It's alright in flavored sugars &amp; honey, however. <br><br>How much cannabis are you looking to use &amp; what form? Bud? Shake? Frosty trim? Don't throw away stalks before doing your infusion bc they too are valuable when making this form of cannabis extract. I wouldn't recommend regular old trim (non-frosty) as your end product won't be that great. <br><br>Either way, the 'cold-infusion' (non heating) method of infusing cannabis takes forever. I also personally doubt it's effectiveness/strength compared to heat infusing for several reasons, which I'm not getting into here. <br><br>The process I'd recommend, based on trial &amp; error &amp; much wasted material, is using low heat (nothing above 225&deg;-230&deg; or you get close to temperatures that destroy your cannabis actives) to infuse cannabis into coconut oil (the oil type for cannabis is *very* important) separately from the lavender, then mixing *some*, not all, of your cannabis oil into your lavender oil. Again, your intended usage would dictate how much of the cannabis oil you'd use. <br><br>You can find instructions all over the internet for heat infusing cannabis. Different people use different methods based on their level of knowledge or experience. Just be aware that there are several important steps to follow in getting the best quality cannabis oil such as decarboxylation etc. Decarbing is a must (at no higher a temp than 225-230&deg;; get an oven thermometer bc this is crucial). I'd suggest you follow those steps carefully so you don't waste your cannabis. These steps are well worth the effort, believe me. You'll wind up having to use much less weed overall if you do it properly, greatly reducing your costs &amp; hugely increasing the quality of your end product. Gotta say, though, I don't like the methods that use water with oil. I'd personally avoid that technique as it's unnecessarily complicated &amp; messy. <br><br>Your other (easier) option would be to simply infuse your cannabis into coconut oil following the important steps I mentioned above, but then adding lavender *essential oil* to this rather than lavender *infused oil*, as well more of another base oil with a high level of medium chain triglycerides (as coconut oil has, which is incredibly important to get the highest amount of active ingredients out of your cannabis). You'll need to do a bit of research on this yourself.<br><br>Don't use liquid coconut oil - also known as fractionated coconut oil. Look for the stuff that is solid when under 100&deg;. You'll see the term 'virgin' or 'unprocessed' used on the label. If you want your end product to be solid under 100&deg; (eg. for cooking), just use more coconut oil to dilute your cannabis infusion. If you want it to be liquid (such as massage oil), use an oil that's liquid under 100&deg; which contains high levels of MCT as I said above.<br><br>Lecithin makes your cannabis actives more bioavailable &amp; is incredibly important. Adding this will result in your body absorbing those actives much more thoroughly/easily/quickly whether through the stomach/skin, so I'd strongly recommend *not* leaving lecithin out of your formulation. If you've ever eaten an edible with/without lecithin &amp; compared the two, you'll know what I'm talking about. MASSIVE difference. Research how to work with the form of lecithin you buy - liquid/granual/powder. It's nothing complicated. <br><br>I'd suggest sunflower lecithin over soy lecithin. You can use the powder/granular/liquid form, doesn't matter. Just don't use lecithin capsules as they aren't pure lecithin &amp; contain binders/fillers. <br><br>There's a lot of info out there on this subject. Good luck :-)
<p>The cooking method is quicker and is better for culinary oil.</p>
<p>My lavender oils are for topical application. Would the oil prep also apply. Thanks</p>
<p>If it is non culinary than week on the window would be better.</p>
<p>As far as storage goes, if I use just olive oil to infuse with, would storing it the same as regular olive oil be okay? I read somewhere that infused olive oil for topical application must be used quickly to avoid going rancid.. I will be using the windowsill method, not any of the heated methods. Thanks!</p>
<p>It would be best if it was stored in fridge and used right away.</p>
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Would the fresh flowers mold during the windowsill infusion process?
<p>You need to make sure that all of the flowers are submerged in oil and check on them regularly. In a humid environment you make need to drain it remove the flowers and and fresh ones after a week.</p>
<p>i make an infused oil with dried lavender, calendula , chamomile and comfrey. To 4 cups almond oil i add 2 cups calendula and 1 cup each of the others. instead of infusing dried herbs can i just add essential oils of these plants and if so, how much essential oil is equivalent to i cup dried plant?</p>
<p>I don't know, I have never tried. Essential oils are really concentrated so you would probably only need a small amount.</p>
Hiya<br>I want to make a Christmas scent but I'm not sure which scents to use to get the max effect. I have sunflower oil too. I want to make candles and add this to them.<br>Thank you
<p>You could try cinnamon and clove or pine.</p>
Great thanks. I was thinking cinnamon and clove together. Is it just a case of trying and keep adding on taste? Or do you have an amount tips? Thanks
<p>Yeah, it is pretty well adding by taste/scent but if it gets too strong you could just dilute it with more oil.</p>
i started infusing kakawate leaves (madre de cacao) ..for pets...just want to ask if im doing the right procedure..i harvested kakawati leaves and leave it to dry inside my room for 5days until it turns crispy dry..then i submerged it in container with virgin coconut oil ...ill be leaving it to infuse for 4 weeks and add honey ,vitamin e as preservative..and some essential oil....am i doing the right procedur? thank u very much
<p>Yes, this sounds good.</p>
I didn't see lilac listed as one of your flowers or dandelion. I am infusing both of those starting today. Will adding the flowers without drying them I trounce mold into the oil? U said to dry the herbs but not the flowers. Thanks.
Love the idea of making your own infused oil. I made 5 small jars for my mother in law for her birthday. I guess she will enjoy them, if not for the taste, then she must like the look of it. <br> <br>From left to right: Green Peppercorns, Chilipepper, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Garlic.
<p>where did you get those containers? they look so pretty!</p>
Wow, those look gorgeous!
<p>Yes! Oh wow! I just want to keep them as kitchen decoration!</p>
<p>I have been dying to find whether it is possible to infuse the smell of fried chicken in oils strong enough for use with a scent diffuser. I saw that there are oils with bacon scent or pizza scent. Is it possible to make one smell like fried chicken? Thanks </p>
<p>This comment is the best thing I've seen all day. If you got this to work, I have to know!!!!</p>
<p>LOL! Me too! I absolutely HAVE to know! </p>
<p>LOL, I am vegetarian so that is definitely not something that I've tried, though I imagine you can try something like this with chicken instead: </p><p>http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Bacon-Flavored-Olive-Oil</p>
Running the jars through the dishwasher is NOT sufficient to sterilize them. You could be giving some dangerous advice. The only way to do this at home is submersion in boiling water.
<p>Can you do this with tobacco? I want to try and make a &quot;manly&quot; cologne and I love the smell of dried Virginia pipe tobacco, seems like it would work the same? What is the best carrier oil that will have the least amount of it's own scent transferring over?</p>
<p>i'm pretty sure that would create a poisonous concoction! steeping tobacco for long periods extracts the nicotine to a point that can be quite deadly and can be absorbed through the skin. maybe i'm wrong on this, but i'm almost positive making a cologne out of tobacco would not be a good idea. it would smell amazing, but wouldn't be worth the danger in my book!</p>
<p>I'd imagine it would work with tobacco, I would recommend using sweet almond or grape seed oil. What an interesting idea, I would love to hear how it turns out!</p>
<p>I do candle making as a hobby, can I use any of the oils you listed (in small quantities) to add some more natural fragrance? Will it affect the way the candle burns? I would rather not use fragrance oil as I have not been able to find any good quality ones in my area. I would rather do it my self and have it be more natural. </p><p>- Samantha </p>
<p>When added to candles it should probably be used in small quantities. Also try to use an oil with a higher smoke point (temperature at which it burns), some example of oils with higher smoke points are: grapeseed, olive oil, walnut, or sesame. </p>
<p>I have flower and herb gardens I would like to use. Is it possible to use mineral oils to make scented body oils? Should I use the sunny window technique? I have extremely sensitive skin and mineral oils are about the only ones that don't bother me. Thanks for your input. Also if i wanted to make a candle or popurri is there a different technique? thanks </p>
<p>Mineral oil should be fine with the sunny window technique and the same technique can be used for popurri or candle.</p>
<p>I haven't done anything like this before, and I have to wait a couple years before I can, but my biggest question is do you have to remove the herbs? I'm guessing the answer is no but I really wanna make sure.</p>
<p>Yes, once the herbs have 'steeped' in the oil for a couple of weeks, the herbs should be strained out of the oil.</p>
<p>Okay, kind of figured. Thanks!</p>
Can i get the scent strong enough to use it for aromatherapy candles ?
<p>They won't be as strong as essential oils since they mostly made from a distillation process. </p>
This is great! im going to use cinnamon infused almond oil to add to my lip balm so it promotes circulation and soft pouty lips! so excited!
Sounds awesome!
hi ChrysN, i'm so glad to have your instructable on infused oil..i made one, a mix of fresh oregano and basil leaves... its been 5days now..i want this as massage oil and ive been thinking if its ok to put a little of fragrance oil, what fragrance would you recommend...(i bought diff. fragrance oils but read a warning it should not be used for the skin...) what should i mix to have a better smell..<br><br>pls help.,....thanks!
You should be able to use an essential oil on your skin rather than a fragrance oil. You can try sage or bay oil, those would probably go nicely with the oregano and basil. If you want your infused oil to have a stronger scent you can drain off the leaves and re infuse with more herbs.

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