This soothing elderflower oil reduces fine lines, smooths and rejuvenates the skin, and may also help with acne or sunburns.
Elderflowers grow abundantly in the place where I live thus every year I wait impatiently for their season to start.
Elderflowers are blossoms of Elder – Sambucus Nigra. You can benefit from Elder bushes twice a year. Once in spring when they produce large umbels of white color blossoms and the second time in early autumn when they reveal the rich tassels of dark purple or black berries (Elderberries).
Once they start to bloom their pleasant scent is very specific that one wants to smell them repeatedly.
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Elderflower benefits for skin
Elder flowers are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids and may boost your immune system and help overcome cold and flu (2)
However, they possess excellent properties for skin that we want to benefit from in this elderflower oil. In ancient times Elderflower was used to “fade freckles and wrinkles.” Nowadays we can identify its components together with their actions.
Elder flowers contain Bioflavonoids and vitamins that reduce fine lines and the appearance of wrinkles by encouraging the growth of new cells. Thus making the skin appear younger.
IMPROVING SKIN APPEARANCE
This anti aging facial oil recipe has mildly astringent properties that help minimize pores and tighten the skin giving it a smooth and fresh appearance
The best way to benefit from Elderflower’s properties on the skin is to infuse their blossoms into the oil. When you macerate elderflower blossoms in the oil they will release their properties that can be further used for a massage or to make salves, lip balms or soaps.
FRESH OR DRY HERBS FOR INFUSION?
Every time I make the infusion oil I hesitate to make it either from fresh or dried herbs. So this time, to see the difference, I decided to make both elder oils. On the left side is the elder oil made of dried herbs, on the right side from the fresh ones. Nevertheless, there is quite a big difference in the color of unfiltered oil, in the filtered ones the color is almost the same.
The main difference is their shelf life.
fresh elderflowers contain moisture that can contribute to mold and spoil the final elderflower oil. If you want to make a stable product that can last up to one year, use dried flowers for the infusion.
When I made the oils, they both have a pleasant floral scent with a sweet aroma.
As a menstrum -base oil I used sweet almond oil because it creates a luxurious, healing mixture with elderflowers.
Sweet almond oil that is suitable for matured skin, reduces puffiness and under-eye circles as well as improves skin tone.
However, feel free to use any other oil that you will find suitable for your skin type. The most common is olive oil, but you can also use coconut oil, grape seed oil or sunflower oil.
Methods of infusion
Slow traditional infusion
There are two methods of infusion, the slow traditional method is my favorite however requires at least 4 weeks of maceration to achieve the desired result.
Place dried elderflowers in a sterilized glass jar and fill it with almond oil. Leave it for 4 weeks to macerate. Check occasionally, make sure that elderflower blossoms are covered completely with the oil. After four weeks filter the oil with cheesecloth to get rid of all the herbal material and get only pure elderflower oil.
FASTER METHOD with the double boiler
You can also speed up the process of infusion with the heat that helps the herb to release its medicinal properties and use a double boiler method.
I use a set of two saucepans that fits in each other where the one below is filled with several inches of water. Place the uncovered jar with elderflowers and almond oil on the saucepan above and gently heat up the water. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest. It is important to watch out for the temperature as it should not exceed 50C (120F). I use a thermometer and check for evaporation. Let the infusion simmer for 5 hours.
How to make elderflower oil
Gather one cup of dried elderflowers and place them in a sterilized jar
Pour over the sweet almond oil to cover all herbal material with the oil.
Close the jar with a lid and place it in a cool and dark place for 4 weeks. You need to shake it from time to time and make sure that the oil won’t evaporate.
Strain the oil through cheesecloth to get rid of all the herbal material and get only pure elderflower infused oil.
HOW TO USE Elderflower OIL
- For beauty – add it to your toner to improve your acne prone skin
- Make elderflower salve for youthful look
- Add few drops to your bathtubs or use at as a massage oil
- Use this oil to make this elderflower lavender soap
- add a few drops to a diffuser to inhale its fragrance
- Make a natural lip balm with the scent of elderflowers
- Add this elderflower oil into creams to enhance your skin
- This anti aging facial oil recipe can be gently massaged on the skin