Picking elderflowers is such a pleasure for me and I am lucky that our neighbour is a farmer. He has vast plots of land where he raises cattle and also cultivates different kinds of grain. Of course around the fields there are bushes full of elderflowers that noone takes care of. So it is my role to make sure that nothing is wasted. And of course he is happy that I’m there.
The infusion oil enables the creation of various things from massage oils to candles. Considering the healing effect of Elderflower on our skin we prefer to exploit their properties for production of homemade creams, salves and lip balms. Elderflowers are known for their soothing effect, improving skin complexion and are especially useful for older skin. However they are also very effective in treating acne or sunburns. Their anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkle properties made them very popular in the cosmetic industry. In ancient times Elderflower was used to “fade freckles and wrinkles.” You can find more information about positive effects of Elderflowers here
Fresh of dry herbs for infusion?
Every time I make the infusion oil I hesitate making it either from fresh or dried herbs. So this time, to see the difference, I decided to make both infuison oils. On the left side is the oil made of dried herbs, on the right side from the fresh ones. Nevertheless there is quite a big difference in color of unfiltered oil, in the filtered ones the color is almost the same.
The main difference is the smell. When it comes to elderflowers I strongly recomend using dry herbs as they smell like honey, summer and flowers. While the smell of infused oil from fresh flowers is not as intensive and sweet.
As a menstrum -base oil I used almond oil because it creates luxurious, healing mixtures with elderflowers. However feel free to use any vegetable oil. The most common is olive oil, but you can also use coconut oil, grape seed oil or sunflower oil.
1 jar of 500 ml
15 blossoms of dry or fresh of elderflowers
450 ml of almond oil
Once you collect the elderflowers and have the oil ready, you just fill the jar with flowers and cover them with the oil of your choice. Place the mixture in a warm place for two weeks ( heat is the main factor helping to infuse the oil but not on direct sunlight). This is the old school infusion, which I prefer. However if you are in a hurry you can use the double boiler method, which is described here