Infusion involves extracting the compounds in something (e.g. herbs or a vegetable such as carrots) into something else such as oil, water or alcohol. Oil in this particular case.
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
To make an infused oil yourself you would simply:
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.
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Ref: infusion (wikipedia), How To Make Infused Oils (instructables.com), Carrot Tissue Oil (SwiftCraftMonkey), What Is Carrot Oil (wisegeek.com)
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