I have been having fun making my gardening useful to me. I have been dehydrating mint and lavender and as I trim them, they grow more. Which is wonderful until you run out of space for them. I purchased a large container of coconut oil at Costco just a few years ago and I have really enjoyed using it as a moisturizer for my dry and itchy skin year round. I have a great deal of allergies to the stabilizers used in lotions and have struggled for many years with my hands swelling and breaking out in hives.
I have wanted to find additional ways to use the lavender besides in my tea. I looked up how to infuse my coconut oil on Pintrest. The process is super simple and only takes two to three days.
I used a pint mason jar and lid. I trimmed the spearmint and peppermint fresh.
I rinsed off the leaves, but have found through the process that next time I will end up patting them dry before popping them into the jar.
The coconut oil that I have is a solid until about 74 degrees. So in the air conditioned house it is a solid. It needs to melt in order to infuse the mint into the coconut oil. Simple fix was a candle warmer.
I scooped in coconut oil until the jar was filled to the shoulder. The shoulder of the jar is the top of the jar before you get to the threads where you screw on the top. So the very top 1/2 to 3/4 inches was not filled.
I noticed when I infused my lavender I did pack the jar tighter with flower tops then I did with the mint leaves. Thus I got more coconut oil in the jar with the mint leaves and in turn more infused oil.
I kept the jars of oil at a liquid state for two days. Also I covered them with a black dish towel. To keep the light out. I gently shook the jars back and forth maybe 10 times, 3 times a day, for two days
After 2 days I strained the flower tops of the lavender out and after two days I strained the mint from the infused oil.
The infused oil has gone back to being more of a solid since I took them off the candle warmer. It has a light fragrance added, not strong or over whelming. Which is perfect for on my dry skin before bed every night.
You can see the lavender infused oil on the left, I had started the lavender process one day before the mint infused oil on the right. I took the photo directly after I had strained the mint infused oil while it was still warm and in a liquid state.
We purchased these cute 3 ounce containers to keep the oil in. Easy to pass out to friends or sell at a craft fair. I chose 3 ounce containers, the max that is allowed on a airplane. Perfect for traveling.
RickabaughReviews approves of infused oil.