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Tuesday
May202014

Fresh Rosemary Oil Infusion

I just made a beautiful infused oil of fresh rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). I got the rosemary from Neob niagara (http://www.neoblavender.com/) who sells high quality organic essential oils and other amazing natural products (including lavender chocolate ice cream…yummy!). It isn’t part of their business model to sell fresh organic herbs to herbalists, but Michael and I stumbled upon their gorgeous store in Niagara a few years ago and asked them if they’d be willing to sell us fresh rosemary and lavender.

So here’s the process of the making of the rosemary oil:

Rosemary ready for processing.

Leaves stripped from branches.

Weighing. 1 to 5 ratio of herb to oil.

Ready for chopping with my amazing mezzaluna knife.

Chopped and ready to go into the jar. Rosemary is amazing for the heart!

I use a combination of organic olive and coconut oils for my oil infusions

with added vitamin E as an antioxidant.

The finished product waiting for labelling and two weeks of shaking everyday. I'll then leave

it to continue macerating for at least another 2 - 3 months until I'm ready to press it.

Rosemary has a long list of healing properties and uses topically. It is used for bruises, sprains and strains; nerve pain and inflammation; rheumatic pain and inflammation; dermatitis; bites and stings; vascular weakness and inflammations such as edema, varicose veins, spider veins and haemorrhoids; and infected wounds. So you can see how many valuable uses for which I can apply my rosemary infused oil! I can’t wait to use it in all manner of oil-based products such as creams, lotions, salves, liniments…

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