Specific plants have healing chemical compounds in which when infused with oil in a glass jar sealed tight then placed in the sun which will help extract these lovely blessings will then be able to be utilized when our loved ones have painfully sore, aching muscles or joints.
This post is about a specific plant called Arnica. When I have a specific plant like this I do an oil infusion.
1) I order from a reputable place organic if I can dry Arnica blossoms. This specific Arnica that is in the pictures in this post is Arnica (Heteroteca inaioides). Those allergic to the sunflower family cannot use this plant.
2) I place the dried arnica blossoms in a clean and dry glass mason jar. I fill the jar three-fourths full of dried Arnica blossoms and the rest is going to be an organic oil of my choice.
3) The oils that I like to choose from can be from the list of many different organic career oils out there however, I like to choose which can be readily available Cold Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, and Organic Refined Coconut Oil. The reason I like to choose these oils, in particular, is due to the price. These oils are amazing in their own right and do the trick. I want to refrain from any water in this process due to condensation will then occur which is then going to lead to mold which is a big no-no.
4) I am not fond of plastic however, for this particular step I will use plastic lids. I do this due to the jars will sit out in the direct sun for 4 weeks and with this being said will experience all the elements of rain etc. If I use a tin lid rust will then possibly occur. Which will then lead to the rust getting into my oil infusion. So I place a clean dry lid on my Arnica oil blend. Making sure the lid is tight.
5) I ALWAYS label my jars so that I can remember when and what. 6) Then on my calendar, I place the date when it will be done and patiently wait.
7) When it is done I let each and every lovely drop of the blessings from the infusion strain out into a new clean and dry jar.
8) This jar is then labeled with a new label giving the date of when it is to expire on it, as well as when it was made and what exactly is in it. This particular oil infusion if kept out of the sun in a cool dry place will keep for up to a year. If for whatever reason throughout the year it goes bad on you you will know by it will smell rancid.
After this last step the infusion is ready to be utilized. This oil infusion can be utilized by itself as a topical for loved ones who are experiencing painfully sore, aching muscles or joints. This oil infusion also can be added to another oil blend to make for another homemade plant-based medicine blend. If for whatever reason you or your loved one develops a rash from this infusion stop using it immediately and seek medical attention. To excercise on caution use the oil sparingly on a small area at first.
I hope this helps you and yours, Claudia
I place three-fourths full with the dried Arnica blossoms
Dry Arnica blossoms
I fill the jar with the oil of my choosing an inch or two below the lip of the jar.
I always label my jars with the date made and when ready as well as what exactly is in the jar.
Then I place in the direct sun and patiently wait. Knowing it will be well worth the wait.