Infused oils integrate herbs (generally dried) into a carrier oil…there are slow or quick methods to do this, depending on your time frame in which you wish to use it and what you want to use it for.
Magickal oils are often made using the slower method, matching the timing to moon phases, holidays, etc. Often the oil is kept on an altar, or might be blessed or charged before use, and can be and especially effective medium for protective spells and shielding.
I frequently (almost constantly) have a jar or two (or three or four) infusing away…unless I need something last minute, I rarely use any of the crockpot or other “speedy” methods for infusions. Probably my most frequently used infusion the stuff my hubby calls it the “baby butt stuff” which is the main ingredient in my daughter’s diaper salve and we also use the oil from this recipie in a spritz bottle as the oil for baby massage time, after the evening bath.
Sophie’s Soft Skin Salve
1 part lavender
1 part chamomile flowers
1 part yarrow
1 part calendula
Infuse herbs in equal parts sunflower and grapeseed oil.
Once oil is infused, using a double broiler, melt equal parts beeswax and cocoa butter into oil. Exact ratios depend on desired consistency, so add beeswax and cocoa butter slowly, testing the consistency of the cooled mixture. Add about 5-10 drops of tea tree oil (per aproximate cup) to the finished product before cooling to prevent and treat mild cases of diaper rash caused by a yeast infection (the small amount of tea tree oil in the salve also has a cooling and pain releaving effect on an ouchy baby butt).
*this is also great if you add a bit of infused rose oil