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Oil macerates floral
Hello formulating friends!! Today I want to talk abit about making beautiful smelling, aromatic macerates.
WHAT IS MACERATE? 🤔
Macerated or infused oils are carrier oils that have been used as a solvent to extract therapeutic properties of a certain plant. The base oils can be olive, sunflower, jojoba, sweet almond, apricot or meadowfoam for example. Sable oils with a long shelf life and almost no natural odors are recommended.
To make an aromatic one like I just did with my coconut oil, fragrant flowers or oils are used. A typical example is Monoi oil, where the exotic Tiaré flower petals — also known as the Tahitian gardenia — are infused for there amazing aroma. The verb to macerate comes from Latin macerat- ‘made soft, soaked’.
Since ancient times, it was discovered that fats and oils absorb fragrances. Extractions of fragrances through fats predates Ancient Egypt and Africans use this technique as well.
HOW TO MAKE AROMATIC MACERATE?
There are 3 ways to make oil macerates.
1.On a hot water bath or bain marie (when in a hurry )
2. Let the jar sit in sun for a few weeks ( gentle heat is great if you have time and sun)
3.Let sit in a dark cupboeard for a few weeks ( best for more heat sensitive carrier oils)
 
Time of Infusion ⏳
3 to 6 weeks, until you feel all properties of plant are extracted.
 
Double or triple Infusion
For a more potend macerate, you can strain your first batch of herbs in oil and pour the same oil over a fresh bathc of the same herb. Do this 2 or 3 times, depending on the potency of the macerate you are looking for.
 
Mixing herbs
It is fine to put several herbs in one batch of oil, for example lavender and rosemary, or rose and cacao ( a favorite of mine) . You can create beautiful aromas, or get synergetic healing blends that work wonderfully together.
 
Dried or Fresh
Most herbs need to be completely dried before being macerating, or the water content will make your oil mold and spoil. Most plants have lots of water content and need to be 100% dry.
 
Exceptional cases are for certain herbs like sainh Johns Wort, in which hypericin (the compound in the herb that turns the oil red) is one of the main constituents you’re after. You won’t be able to extract it if you use dried plant material.
 
If you choose delicat aromatic herbs ( lightweight, thin leaves and flowers), you can choose to infuse them fresh, but you’ll want to let them wilt first for a few hours before placing them into the oil. Never place freshly washed herbs with residual moisture on them or herbs fresh with dew into a carrier oil. Always add an anti oxidant like vitamin E to help these oils last longer form rancidity.
 
How to make a floral aromantic oil
Rinse the flowers and put them on a paper towel to dry. When the flowers are dry, add them to a mason jar and pour pure coconut oil over the flowers. Set the jar in the window three to four hours a day every day for a month. By the end of month, you’ll have beautiful, finished monoi oil. A quicker method is to heat the oil and flower petals for a few hours gently on a water bath, then strain.
 
Benifits of Lily oil
Reduces spots of mature skin and reduces imperfections. Unifies the complexion, adds radiance to the skin, revives dull skin It is prized for its whitening and lightening action, smoothing and soothing while clearing overall complexion
 
Coconut oil.. reduses frizz and is great as a hair/ scalp treatment for dandruff or itchy scalp. Also can be used as an overall body moisturizer Makes for a beautiful aromatic massage oil which nourishes skin as well
 
Great plants to use in general:
Lavender, massage oil or helps with aches and pains, eczema, calming
Rose, beautiful aroma , nourish and regenerates,
Arnica, helps bruising, pain
Calendula, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, calming, dry cracked skin
Hypericum for a rich red color, anti-inflammatory, great for wound healing, burns, bruises
 
For Color:
 
Calendula (marigold) petals,
St. John’s Wort buds and flowers
Carrot root
Sea buckthorn berries
Nettle
 
Aromatic plants to try for beautiful skincare additions or massage oils:
Gardenia (Tiaré)
Rose
Lily
Jasmine
Violet
Orange Blosson
Frangipani
 
So hope that was helpful and that you will get started in making some beautiful macerates yourself. Please share your finished ones with us!!! Courses on how to make your own macerates with full explanatiry iles, videos, and more are available here on my website as well .
 
La Formulatrice
 

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