Benefits of Macerated oils
Benefits of Macerated oils
Macerated oils, also known as infused oils or botanical oils, are created by infusing carrier oils with herbs, flowers, and/or other plant materials. Beyond’ s award winning products contain carefully curated organic macerations. The process involves extracting the valuable properties of the plant material into the carrier oil over a period. Here are the benefits of macerated oils and a guide to preparing these oils, along with their benefits for the skin:
Benefits of Beyond Macerated Oils:
- Plant Extract Concentration: Macerated oils contain concentrated extracts of the plant material, which can provide various therapeutic properties to the skin.
- Customization: Macerated oils can be tailored to your specific needs by selecting herbs or plant materials that address individual skin concerns, such as soothing, moisturizing, or anti-inflammatory properties.
- Gentle Extraction: Macerating is a gentle extraction process that retains the integrity of the plant's active compounds without the need for heat or chemical solvents.
- Nutrient-Rich: Macerated oils are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients present in the plant material, which can nourish and support the health of the skin.
- Skin Health: Depending on the plant used, macerated oils can offer various benefits to the skin, including hydration, improved elasticity, reduced inflammation, and enhanced healing.
- Aromatherapy: Some macerated oils carry the aroma of the infused plant material, which can contribute to a soothing and relaxing experience when used in skincare.
Preparing Organic Macerated Oils:
- Organic carrier oil (e.g., jojoba, olive, coconut, sweet almond)
- Organic dried or fresh herbs, flowers, or other plant materials of choice
- Choose Ingredients: High-quality, organic carrier oil and plant material are selected. Different herbs and plants offer various benefits, so we select ones that align with individual skincare goals.
- Preparation: If using fresh plant material, allow it to wilt for a few hours to remove excess moisture.
- Combine: Place the dried or wilted plant material into a clean glass jar. Pour enough carrier oil over the plant material to completely submerge it.
- Infusion: Seal the jar tightly and place it in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Allow the infusion to take place over several weeks (usually 6-8 weeks), shaking the jar gently every few days to ensure even distribution of the plant's properties.
- Strain: After the infusion period, strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the plant material. Squeeze out as much oil as possible.
- Storage: Transfer the infused oil into a dark glass bottle and store it in a cool, dark place. Label the bottle with the infusion date and the type of plant material used.
Benefits to Skin:
- Calming and Soothing: Macerated oils of plants like chamomile, lavender, or calendula can help soothe sensitive or irritated skin.
- Moisturizing: Oils infused with herbs like rose or jasmine can provide deep hydration and promote a healthy complexion.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Macerated oils containing anti-inflammatory plants like arnica or comfrey can help reduce redness and inflammation.
- Anti-Aging: Certain plant materials, such as rosemary or green tea, are rich in antioxidants that can help combat the signs of aging and protect the skin from environmental stressors.
- Healing: Calendula and plantain-infused oils have wound-healing properties and can aid in the recovery of minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
Beyond uses macerations as part of its combination ingredients in products which have been stability tested for us. Please remember homemade macerations may have individual reactions that vary, so it's a good idea to perform a patch test before applying a new oil to your face or body. If you have allergies, sensitivities, or specific skin conditions, consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional before incorporating macerated oils into your skincare routine.