Making Infused Oil With Juniper Berries

This is the first time I've tried making an infused oil for topical use. The world is coming together in this little jar. Organic juniper berries from Estonia, organic sweet almond oil from Germany, the infusion process in Denmark, and the inspiration from the USA. Because it is my first try, it will be a relatively small amount.

Step 1: fill a sterilized jar 3/4 full with berries.

Step 2: Add oil almost all the way up.


Step 3: Close the lid tightly, add a label with the date and contents.

Step 4: Store cool and dark and give the jar a shake every day for 4-6 weeks. Remember to check regularly for any 'off smells' (which would indicate bacterial development). Any doubt – throw it out!

I shall update as this infusion progresses,  and if everything goes well, we'll all be learning a new recipe with infused oil.

Thanks to Felecia Scott of Wild Beauty Skin Care for the inspiration to do this! And thanks to LiisK at I.R.Pale for the fabulous organic juniper berries!

To see what happens next, please visit part 2

Comments

Rikke said…
Jeg forstår ikke. Kan man få ekstrakten ud i olien bare ved at lade den stå? Og i givet fald, hvordan kan man vide at olien, har optaget ekstrakt fra bærrene? Og kan man måle det?

Hvis jeg ellers ikke var så skeptisk, ville jeg være ellevild *G*

Kh Rikke
Lise M Andersen said…
Hej Rikke,
Du har ganske ret i at det er IKKE samme som æterisk olie. Faktisk er det lidt på samme måde som når man laver kryddersnaps. Jeg gætter på at man ville kunne måle det hvis man havde noget avanceret udstyr, men folk der arbejder med infused olier siger allesammen 4-6 uger, så har man opnået max optagelse - uanset om det er det ene eller andet slags urte.
Faktisk bruger man samme metode når man lægger krydderier i olivenolie og serverer det som dyppe olie med brød til. Smagen 'går i olien' ret hurtig. :)
Lola Zabeth said…
I am very excited about this. Can't wait to hear the results!
Lise M Andersen said…
me too actually!! I promise to update. :)
Rebecca said…
How is the oil going? Did you crush the seeds and all and were they soft or hard?
The would be great for toning ones' thigh etc:) I am interested as we have many Juniperberry trees around here on our Indian Reservations. Maybe there is a way for them to make some profit on them.
Cheers Rebecca
Lise M Andersen said…
HI Rebecca,
The oils is ready to be filtered now and I PROMISE to update on how it went with pics and everything very soon. Believe it or not I have been running around town trying to find cheesecloth (of all things!) so I could strain the oil. To answer your questions: I didn't crush the berries (although I want to try doing that on the next batch). The berries I used were soft-ish - and ripe. They weren't dried. I think you should go for it with the juniper berries you have access to. I hope it works for you ! Also, check the link to wild beauty skin care above. Felecia Scott is an absolute wiz at doing infused oils. :)
Anonymous said…
Hi, thanks for posting.
I like to use clean, old, cut-up pillow cases/old sheets for straining.
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Anonymous - what a super idea, thanks for sharing!
(she said as she rushed off to find old pillowcases) :)
Faith said…
I'm using a Juniper, Rosemary and Lavender infusion for fibromyalgia pain, topical use. I infuse regularly but its only for aromatherapy type stuff never to help relieve pain. This is my first try. I needed to see if I could infuse the berries the same way. Now I know I can. Thanks.
Faith
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Faith - That sounds like a fabulous mix of herbs. May I suggest slightly crushing the juniper berries before infusing? This does seem to give better results with this particular herb.