Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I've been infusing up a storm all summer long. Oils, that is. Rose petals, mint, comfrey, lavender, chamomile and lots and lots of calendula. In olive oil, rice bran oil and grapeseed oil. 

[The former Math teacher in me feels compelled to note that with six different herbs/flowers and three different oils, there are eighteen different combinations - just in case you were interested.]

Why, you might ask? Soap! Salve! Luscious, skin-friendly cream! Plus two delightful afternoons with the three completely charming girls (ages 8, 10 and 12) who live next door: one spent picking leaves and petals and cramming them into a jar to infuse with oil, and a second spent turning the oil into this salve.

The jars have looked so beautiful on the verandah in the sunlight it's almost a shame to use them.


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Those are stunning, I love both glass, and petals, imagine how much fun those would be to shoot.

I would line them all up on a old window sill, and click away..

Great idea to make the infusions.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Paula said...

those look highly edible! lovely colors...

Mary Francess on the cello said...

Red and yellow and greeen and gold,
Purple and orange and blue.
What a glorious rainbow, pretty rainbow, glowing bow for you!

Many happy returns of the day to you Miriam (September 23rd)! You deserve a complete day of rest, in the autumn sunshine, to celebrate adventure and beauty, the fabulous creations from your ever so productive kitchen and the joy of farming. Happy Birthday to You!

kara said...

Those colors are amazing!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Simply gorgeous, I would just leave them for show, with the sun shining through :)

Janet said...

So, if, say, someone wanted to follow your foot steps and make a homemade salve... Which combo would you recommend starting with? Which has been your favorite?

Miriam said...

Janet, I think calendula and comfrey are the powerhouses of the skin-healing family, so I would start with those infusions. Fresh is better, but dried calendula petals are easy to get at health food stores. I'm not sure about comfrey because I have never looked - we have so much of it growing here! I have mostly infused olive oil because it is inexpensive, but it can be slow to absorb into the skin so I have also begun using rice bran oil. If you want a real treat, try sweet almond oil or avocado oil.

It's easy to make a salve with infused oil and a bit of beeswax - a quick google search will give you a recipe to try. And salve is very forgiving - if you don't like the stiffness of the salve once it has cooled, you can reheat it and add more oil or more beeswax.

Have fun!

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