How to Make Herbal Extracts | Natural Remedies

Want to know how to make herbal extracts? It’s a homesteading skill I’m sure you’ll find useful in a lot of other natural remedies and projects.

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How to Make Herbal Extracts

Making herbal extracts can be a tricky process, but I’m sure that with some practice, any determined homesteader can do it. I’ve had my share of trial and error with this homesteading skill but when you get the hang of it, I guarantee it’s worth it! All you have to consider is getting the right materials to get the job done, and to help you further, just follow the steps on this DIY tutorial!

Things you need to make herbal extracts:

  • 200 gms of cooked basil or any green herb (peppermint, cilantro, oregano so on..)
  • 600 gms canola oil
  • pot
  • water
  • salt
  • blanching basket
  • ladle
  • blender
  • Whisk
  • jar or plastic container with lid
  • Steel container
  • bowl or large container for ice bath
  • cloth


Step 1. Strip, blanch, cool & squeeze.

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Strip off the leaves from the stem.

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Blanch the leaves on salted boiling water for 20 seconds or until the leaves gets a bit darker and tilt.

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Immediately shock the blanched leaves into a bowl of ice to rapidly cool it.

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Squeeze the water and place the leaves on a paper towel.


Step 2. Stem.

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Do the same procedure for the stems but boil it for 2-3 minutes.


Step 3. Blend, heat, ice water bathe & transfer.

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Combine the leaves, stem and canola oil. Blend it for 60 seconds or until it becomes smooth.

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Prepare a salted ice water bath and put in the steel container. This will be in preparation for when you heat up the basil mixture.

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Heat the mixture until the oil gets darker.

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Immediately transfer to the ice bath and whisk the heated mixture.

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Store for 24 hours in the refrigerator.


Step 4. Strain and store.

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After 24 hours, strain the refrigerated mixture with a strainer then with a cloth.

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And we are done. Enjoy your homemade basil extract!


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How to Make Herbal Salve For Natural Healing

Want to learn how to make herbal salve? If you want to make one that you can easily customize, just follow these steps!

Learn how to make herbal salve

How to Make Herbal Salve

I just love making homemade products I can use all the time. That’s why when I found out that you can make herbal salve with any essential oil in just 5 easy steps, I just couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

Salve is commonly used for bruises, insect bites, rashes, burns and as a moisturizer. By creating your homemade salve you can decide what kind you need or go with the all purpose healing salve. It will be all up to you. But I suggest for you to do some research too about the oils and herbs you want to use.

On this tutorial we will be making a very simple salve with lavender oil. Here are the things you will need! 

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 oz. beeswax
  • 1 tsp. lavender oil
  • small container or jars
  • double boiler
  • measuring spoon
  • pot holder
  • stirrer


Step 1. Boil water.


Simmer water in the double boiler. If you don’t have any double boiler, you can alternatively use a sauce pan and steel bowl.

Step 2. Melt the beeswax.

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Put the beeswax in the boiling water and allow it to dissolve.


Step 3. Add olive oil.

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Add the olive oil and mix it well until it has a fluid consistency.


Step 4. Transfer.

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Transfer the mixture into a measuring cup.


Add 2 tsp of oil then stir. You can also add a few drops of essential oil after you transfer it to the container. Whichever you prefer will be work.


Step 5. Store.

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Transfer the salve mixture immediately into your container of choice as it easily hardens.

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How to Make Salve at Home

Easy right? Now you can store it away and have it ready when needed. If you’d like to see how it’s done, just watch this video tutorial from mountain rose herbs: