Today, I thought I'd share something completely different--how to make rose hip-infused olive oil. In the past year, I've learned how to make cold-process soap. I thought I could use some rose hips in my soapmaking, but I've discovered they are wonderful as a body oil instead.
First, start with fresh or dried rose hips.I am fortunate to have a friend whose wife has a large rose garden, so mine are pesticide free.
|Rinsed and ready to use.|
Put the hips in glass jars. Leave some space and don't fill the jars full.
Fill jars with olive oil.
Cover jar with a lid or aluminum foil and place in crock pot. Add enough water to have a couple of inches in the crock pot. Heat on low for at least 8 hours. Check water level periodically.
Here are the jars after heating.
You will need to strain the mixture. I used a piece of old pantyhose tied over the top of a container.
You may choose to add an essential oil (I chose lavender). I also add capsules of vitamin E. Vitamin E is good for skin and is also a natural preservative.
Using a funnel, pour the oil into a clean glass jar.
Place a lid on the jar and you're done! I like to use mine in the shower or when shaving your legs instead of shaving cream. It feels wonderful on your skin and the moisture lasts for two days.
Note: I apply the oil just before rinsing out my conditioner, so my body isn't oily when I'm done. I also suggest wiping out the tub after your shower, so you don't slip.