An infused oil has both the benefits of the regular base oil and the herb or plant that has been infused into it. Basically, you get two for the price of one.
If you would be using the oil for cooking then transferring the flavour or scent of the herb may be your primary purpose. For hair or body care products the vitamins, minerals and other components like colour are more important.
You can buy an infused oil or you can make one yourself.
How To Make An Infused Oil
- Place dry or fresh herbs into a jar,
- Add your chosen carrier oil to fill the jar
- Then place the jar in a slow cooker (a.k.a. a "crock pot") for two hours before straining it using unbleached muslin or a simple wire strainer.
Personally, I prefer to buy my infusions especially carrot tissue oil. Carrots are macerated (i.e. mashed up) and infused into sunflower oil. The resulting oil is bright orange and gives whipped butters an excellent natural looking yellow colour.