Chamomile oil, with its relaxing, sedative effect, is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy. The oil is also known for treating problems of the skin including eczema and boils. Instead of purchasing chamomile oil, create it at home by infusing chamomile flowers in any oil of your choice.
Things You'll Need
Purchase dried chamomile flowers at a health-food store. If you grow your own chamomile, pick the flowers and allow them to wilt before using: Any moisture in the oil will cause mold to grow. Clean the chamomile flowers, discarding any sand or debris.
Spread the flowers flat, in a single layer, on a cutting board until they dry completely.
Sterilize a glass jar and its lid and allow it to air dry. Make sure the lid fits tightly.
Pour the olive oil into the jar to within 1/2 inch of the top.
Add the chamomile flowers to the olive oil and stir them until each flower is covered. Make sure the flowers are fully immersed in the oil. Screw on the lid tightly.
Place the filled jar in an area that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight every day. A sunny windowsill would be ideal.
Check the jar daily. Open the jar carefully. Wipe accumulated moisture from the lid with a paper towel. Close the jar tightly and shake once daily. Allow the mixture to set for up to two weeks or until the chamomile flowers appear spent.
Transfer the chamomile oil into a fresh sterilized glass jar using a funnel. Use cheesecloth and a sieve to filter out the chamomile flowers. Squeeze the herbs. If you notice any pieces of chamomile in the jar, strain the oil again.
Add rosemary oil extract and the tocopherol to the finished mixture. Stir well. These ingredients prevent oxidation. Use the chamomile oil directly from the jar.
Repeat the solar infusion process to obtain a stronger oil.
References and ResourcesHolistic Health News: Chamomile Oil
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