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From: kneadles@esosoft.com (Hugs)
Amounts: Use 4 oz dried herbs or 8 oz fresh herbs to 1 pint of oil. At dincture of benzoin (1/4 tsp per cup of finished oil) or Vitamin E (400 IU per cup) Oils will last about 1 year. Store in cool dark place.
*Use vit E oil for edible per Marge Clark.
Method 1.
1. Rub fresh or dry herbs between palms of hands to break down herbs.
2. Place herbs in glass jar.
3. Pour chosen oil(s) over herbs. Cover with tight lid.
4. Every day shake jar so herbs and oil mix together well. Do this for at least two weeks.
5. After 2 weeks strain by covering kitchen colander with cheesecloth. Squeeze herbs in cheesecloth to wring out any remaining oil.
6. Pour contents of bowl into clean glass jar and cover tightly.
7. Add tincture of benzoin or Vitamin E as preservative.
Method 2. (quicker)
1. Rub fresh or dry herbs between palms of hands to break down herbs.
2. Place bruised herbs in oil in a pan. Slowly heat and cook herbs gently until crisp, about 1/2 to 1 hour. Cook roots first, then add leaves and flowers last. Keep pot covered.
3. Every day shake jar so herbs and oil mix together well. Do this for at least two weeks.
4. After 2 weeks strain by covering kitchen colander with cheesecloth. Squeeze herbs in cheesecloth to wring out any remaining oil. 5. Pour contents of bowl into clean glass jar and cover tightly. 6. Add tincture of benzoin or Vitamin E as preservative.
Method 3. Slower, but gies better oil. Ayurvedic method of making herbal oils.
1. Rub fresh or dry herbs between palms of hands to break down herbs.
2. Place 1 part herbs, 4 parts oil and 16 part water in a pan. Gently heat all ingredients together until water is evaporated.
3. Every day shake jar so herbs and oil mix together well. Do this for at least two weeks.
4. After 2 weeks strain by covering kitchen colander with cheesecloth. Squeeze herbs in cheesecloth to wring out any remaining oil.
5. Pour contents of bowl into clean glass jar and cover tightly.
6. Add tincture of benzoin or Vitamin E as preservative.
From: Marge Clark Date: 05-26-95 Posted to recipelu-digest by jeryder@juno.com on Mar 14, 1998

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