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February 19, 2014

Down Home Blog Hop~Number 76 + Make Your Own Infused Oils

I love using scented and flavored infused oils in beauty products, health products, and in the kitchen. Today, I thought that I would share with you how simple it is to make your own infused oils right from the garden. There are many processes and techniques out there, from distillation to vodka. However, I prefer to use an excellent quality extra virgin olive oil for the process.

It begins by harvesting herbs, flowers, and fruits early in the morning, when their moisture and oil content is at their peak. I then dry them, preferring to use them dried versus fresh. Using fresh harvests can put you at risk for harmful bacteria and mold in your finished product.

I use Mason Jars for processing. They work great. 
Here I'm making a lavender rose essential oil that we will use later in soaps or lotions.
I'm also sure to store the finished products in colored glass. This prevents the oils from breaking down.
To learn more, please visit my post on HGTV for the complete tutorial and inspiration.

Now on to the hop!

This week's featured bloggers
Get inspired and feed the birds with Rebecca's beautiful homemade feeders.
Rebecca's Bird Garden-DIY Heart Bird Feeders
Make some tasty treats for the family while being snowed inside.
Lou Lou girls: Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
Learn about weird eggs.
Yellow Birch Hobby Farm: Weird Eggs 101
Thank you so much for joining us again this week. Welcome to all the new and familiar friends that are joining us each week. Thank you too for sharing the hop. We are growing each and every week! If this is your first time joining us, we love spring gardening, decorating, animals, sewing, crafting, beekeeping, cooking, homesteading, recipes, knitting, crocheting, and we love reading your stories and articles. You are welcome to link up to three posts and be sure to put a link back to this hop in order to be eligible to be featured next week and to help folks discover us on their blog hopping journeys. Thank you all for the inspiration this past week. You are the best! XO~Melissa


  1. Thanks for hosting!
    Last week was the Pixie's birthday... and we had a party for her and only served Real food... up to and including the cupcakes with PINK frosting and homemade ice cream!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!
    ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  2. I am so glad you talked about doing oils. I was seriously sitting here sipping coffee and wondering what was involved. I have several lavender shrubs going in in the spring and I <3 using lavender in my DIY cleaners. You rock!


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