Herbal Healing Infused Oils
If you want to try making some of your own preparations instead of purchasing them, different herbs growing in your garden can be used to make healing herbal infused oils. These can't be used as a substitute for essential oils in any of the condition methods in this blog, because the strength and properties are different, but infused oils can be used on their own, or as a substitute for vegetable carrier oils. Some of the most useful herbal infusions are:
Calendula, St. John's wort, Melissa, Comfrey, Rosemary, Marjoram, Lavender, Rose, Camomile, lavender, rose, and camomile can be usefully included in massage oils for very young children. They can also be used in skin care preparations.
When making infusions, only use fresh, organically grown flowers or herbal materials and organically produce, cold-pressed vegetable pols. The oil you use is important, as this is what will be applied to your child's skin. Almond oil, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, and sesame oil would be good choices for this method. Use almond for sensitive skins, and sunflower seed for older children.
Although olive oil and sesame oils have their own strong odors that are likely to mask the odor of the plant material, the plants 'healing properties will remain in tact. Tear the plant material up; never use a metallic object as it can leech out some of the therapeutic properties of the plant.
Put the herbs or plant material in a jar that has been sterilized by boiling water. Jelly jars with good screw caps, or bottles, can be used to store your oil. Then cover the plant material with your chosen organic oil such as almond.
Put the jar in a place that catches a lot of sun - a sunny window ledge is ideal. Shake the mixture as often as you can to help the healing properties of the herbs transfer to the oil. Leave the jar in place for three to several days. Then strain the oil, using a piece of muslim or an unbleached paper coffee filter.
It can take a long time for the oil to seep through a paper filter but it is effective in catching all the plant residue. If you want a even more potent infused oil. Repeat the process using the same oil with fresh plant material.
Reference : Aromatherapy For The Healthy Child: Valerie Ann Worwood