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Ginger Infusion

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This is a bit of an experiment: infusing fresh ginger in raw honey. It may prove to be a fabulous facial cleanser (or - judging from the scent - might end up in my tea or drizzled over my yoghurt).

Infusing different herbs into honey is something I have been exploring much of the past 12 months, and I am finding it as addictive as infusing herbs in glycerin, vinegar, alcohol, and oil.

I think we are going to be needing some additional jars around here.

The All Natural Deodorant Plant

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This is an amazing little slice of nature. Not only do these herbs grow wild around the globe, but they provide numerous other benefits. Cleavers (Galium aparine) are useful in several ways. The fruits (those round growths you see up there) can be dried, roasted and used to make a drink that is quite similar to coffee - complete with natural content of caffeine.

Among many other benefits, Cleavers is said to even offer anti-aging properties. And although the anti-aging bit has my interest, it is the all-natural deodorizing capabilities of this humble herb that has captured my full attention.

If you’re interested in learning more about cleavers (and the numerous other wonderful herbs and plants that surround us and provide health benefits), visit Medical Herbalist Vivienne Campbell at The Herbal Hub.

And if you want to try making your own all-natural and preservative-free deodorant with cleavers, there are 3 different formulas to choose from in this E-book. They are pictured below to the right of the book.

Sun Powered Oil Infusion

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This is a peek at the windowsill in my lab where a few oil infusions are underway. Even though there are several oil infusion methods that will all produce successful results, I tend to return to this, my favorite method: sun infusion.

Hardcore sun infusion fans believe the gentle power of a slow infusion utilizing sunlight creates the most potent and vibrant end product. And although I am not sure science has looked into this (or even has anything to say about it), I tend to agree.

I find it inherently satisfying to ‘greet’ my infusions every morning during the daily agitation and monitor how the mixture is coming along.

When an infusion is ready for straining, it usually lets you know.

Reassembling Grapes - An Experimental Oil Infusion

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Pictured: freeze-dried grapes. (Yes, they really look like that when they are freeze-dried). I bought these in my local supermarket in the ‘healthy snacks department’. There are no additives of any kind. Not only are they quite sweet and tasty, but they inspired me to try a little experiment.

I decided to use them in an oil infusion, so I bought some oil for that specific purpose. Not just any oil, mind you, but an oil that (I expect) any grape would be proud to swim around in.

Have you guessed which oil yet?

Even though this little exercise is highly experimental and may turn out to be a huge fail, it may decide to become a huge success.

The oil? Why, grapeseed oil.

I suppose it is fair to say making an oil infusion of grapes into grapeseed oil is my attempt at reassembling grapes.

Rosemary for Everything

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Rosemary is such a fabulous plant I use it for numerous things. I’ve also been infusing it into numerous mediums because, well, it’s so multifunctional and it smells absolutely fabulous.

Pictured: a few stalks from a mature plant that are getting ready to become part of an oil infusion. The stalks have loads of scent and are quite suitable for oil infusion.

What can rosemary infusions be useful for? Depends on whet you infuse it in!

A rosemary glycerite is a great addition to a refreshing skin tonic

Rosemary-infused oil is a great addition to a hair and scalp oil, or an invigorating mask.

Rosemary-infused vinegar is fabulous as a hair rinse with no need of additional ingredients.

Alcohol infusion makes a rosemary tincture that can be added to scalp stimulating products or products for oily skin.

You can even infuse it into honey for an all natural cleanser. There’s a how-to right here on the main blog.

You Can Too

Want to make your own extracts and don’t know where to start? I’ve written a book that may help you decide what you want to try making first.

Glycerite Season is Here

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That title is a bit misleading. In my book, glycerite season is pretty much year round, but when the warmer seasons approach, there is definitely a bigger selection of fresh materials to work with.

Pictured is a batch of lavender glycerite from last year. Just looking at this color makes me all excited about the coming lavender harvest.

Why?

Because my lovely friend who grows organic everything gifted me with a bucketful of fresh lavender last year, and she has promised me a fresh batch this year.

If you’re curious about making your own glycerites, I’ve written a book about it that you can get right here.