These dog days of summer when the weather is hot, the children are restless and we all start to think about the fall are a great time to make herbal oils for winter remedies.

Making solar-infused oils is similar to the process of making a tincture, but with oil in place of alcohol as the base.

The sun's warmth speeds up this process, and there's evidence that its energy also helps extract beneficial plant parts.The sun's warmth speeds up this process, and there's evidence that its energy also helps extract beneficial plant parts.

Herbal Oils I Keep On Hand I make pint or quart size batches of these herbal oils: Arnica Infused Oil Calendula Infused Oil Plantain Infused Oil Rosemary Infused Oil St. John’s Wort Oil Everything Oil

Solar-Infused All Purpose Herbal Oil Our most used herbal oil, by far, is this all-purpose oil. It is made with a combination of herbs that soothes, helps fight bacteria and helps the body speed healing.

Ingredients – 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers – 1/4 cup dried calendula flowers – 1/4 cup dried plantain leaf  – 1 tablespoon echinacea root – 1 tablespoon yarrow flowers – 1 tablespoon rosemary leaf – 2 cups (or more) of a carrier oil like olive oil

Instructions 1. Place all herbs in a clean, dry quart size mason jar. 2. Cover herbs with carrier oil an inch above their level (make sure to leave at least an inch at the top of the jar so that herbs can expand). Jajoba and almond oil work well, too.

3. Seal the jar. Minimum 2 weeks, but 4 is preferable. I store in the sun during the day to speed up the process and get solar infusion. 4. Strain the oil to remove the herbs before using. I strain only what I need and leave the rest with the herbs.