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Solar-infused Oils for Skin Care

Solar-infused oils make wonderful skin-care products. I use them for lotions, creams, and salves. My favorite solar-infused oils to use in skin-care products are calendula, lavender and rose. If you grow and of these plants, pick the fresh flowers (make sure they’re not wet, so as to avoid mold in your oil) and grind them briefly in a mortar with pestle to get started on releasing the essential oils from the flowers You could also use dried flowers if you don't have fresh. Add mashed flowers to a mason jar and pour oil over them. Oils to include are Grapeseed Oil or Jojoba for oily skin; and Apricot, Almond or Olive Oil for dry-to-normal skin. Be sure that the oil covers the flowers completely. Label the jar and leave it in the sun, such as outside in your garden or on a windowsill, for 4-6 weeks. Shake the bottle every day as this helps with the infusion. Then strain the mixture by pouring it through a cheesecloth-lined colander over a clean pot. Discard the herbs or add them to your compost. Pour the infused-oil in a clean mason jar, label it with the name of the herb, the oil and the date. Place this in your pantry for future use in making your own skin-care products.

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