September 25, 2015

Borage Infused Oil


Infusing oils with dry herbs, and flowers is easy. It is pretty much the same method: dry the herbs/flowers, put in a jar, add oil, wait. Strain. Use. After doing it a few times, I’ve developed my own methodology and my own preferred oils. My method is just that. Mine. There are really no hard and fast rules. Once you try it a few times, you’ll start to develop your own method and your favourite oils. Since I usually create a larger batch of infused oil I prefer to use an oil with a longer shelf life like olive oil. Delicate oils like grapeseed are great, but are known to go rancid faster. However, if you wanted to use the oil immediately after the 6 weeks, give it a try!

make your own borage infused oil!


Borage Infused Oil

You’ll need:
Borage leaves/seeds/flowers
Oil of your choice (preferably one with a long shelf life like olive)


make your own borage infused oil!

Dehydrate the leaves and flowers in a dehydrator, following the instructions of your particular brand.Mine took about 10 hours to dry, but there are so many variables like rainfall, humidity, size of the plant, etc, that yours might be done in 6 hours or 16.

Fill jar with borage. Add oil until boarge is covered. Use a chopstick, if necessary to remove air bubbles. Ideally you want your borage submerged with as little air as possible to retard degredation of the borage. Store in a dark place for 5-6 weeks. Strain oil and decant into a clean lidded jar, or dark apothecary jar if you have.

That’s all there is to it. It’s really that simple.


make your own borage infused oil!



  1. Victoria - 2 months ago

    Why do you dehydrate the leaves?? Why cant the oil be made with fresh leaves?

    • Jen - 2 months ago

      From what I understand, while you “can” make the oil with fresh leaves, it improves the shelf life of the infused oil if you use dried. Because fresh leaves contain water, there is the chance that mould can develop in the oil, which would render it useless. So, if it’s your first foray into infused oils, I’d def suggest dry!

  2. Vinh - 1 month ago


    From the look of the photos, the leaves look like plantain leaves, not borage leaves.

    • Jen - 1 month ago

      hmmm.I suppose when they’re both dried they do look similar. But these are borage (those annoying little furry spikes that took DAYS to get out of my hands is proof! haha)

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