How to make natural herbal oil

How to make natural herbal oil

Infusing oil with herbs is a great way to add color, scent, and beneficial properties to natural skin care and soap recipes. As the basis of home skin care recipes starts with good quality oils, adding herbs allows you to enhance the oils and design customized and unique recipes for massage bars, bath melts, lotions, soaps and more. Using homegrown herbs harvested from your own organic garden is a fun way to personalize your products, but you can also purchase bulk herbs from reliable sources that will be just as effective. No matter how you do it, adding herbs to oils make your beauty products uniquely herbalicious!

It All Starts with the Oils

How to make natural herbal oil

Infused oils can be substituted in most recipes for natural beauty: soap, body butter, lip balm, and scrubs. Some good choices for oils to infuse are:

  • Coconut oil – nourishes and hydrates skin, good for sun-damaged skin
  • Sweet almond oil – moisturizing and skin softening
  • Grapeseed oil – easily absorbed into skin; light, non-greasy feeling
  • Olive oil – greasier but very moisturizing, can clog pores so not for the face
  • Jojoba oil – closest to the skins own sebum so it is a great carrier oil and cleanser

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    – relaxing, antibacterial – healing, adds golden color to oil – calming – helps with pain and inflammation – pain relief, anti-inflammatory – energizing, pain relieving, darkens color of oil – romance, love

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How to make natural herbal oil

My journey and infusing oils started when making calendula and chamomile oil for really gentle bum balm for my son’s diaper rash and I’ll admit that it’s expanded to a bit of an obsession. It’s quite fun to try new recipes with different herbal infusions to see the benefits and the natural colors that are produced.

Simply soaking herbs in oil isn’t enough to infuse the oil; it needs to be heated. Luckily, there are a few ways of doing this so you are sure to find one that suits your needs. The following describes how to infuse oils using the stovetop, a slow cooker, or the sun!

The common thread to all methods is to pack as many dried herbs as you can fit into a container, and then pour over the oil so that the herbs are completely submerged. Choose herbs that are completely dry (moisture and oil don’t mix). When the infusing is finished, strain the herbs from the oil with a fine sieve once, then pour the oil through a coffee filter or cheesecloth-lined fine sieve. Store the oil with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dark place. Generally, infused oil will last up to the best before date on the original package label. Olive oil should last for 2-3 years and coconut oil will last for many years, although spoiling could happen more quickly if contaminants were introduced in the infusing process.

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Stovetop Oil Infusing

Use a double boiler to slowly heat the oil and herbs. Pack a handful of herbs in the top of a double boiler, and pour oil over. If you are using coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, then melt the oil first before adding the herbs. Fill the bottom pot with an inch of water and set the double boiler on medium-low heat to warm up, then turn down to low for a few hours or until the oil becomes aromatic.

Slow Cooker Oil Infusing

The slow cooker method takes longer but it requires less attention than the other methods. Just set it and forget it!

If you have a small slow cooker, or you are doing a large amount of oil, you can add the herbs right into the ceramic bowl and set it on the lowest setting for 8-12 hours.

Note: When making her herbal oils in a crock pot the biggest thing to watch out for is condensation from the lid of the crock pot. If condensation drips into the oil, then it can introduce mold and bacteria. If you’re putting the oils and herbs directly into the crock pot then leave the lid off while you infuse the oils.

To do a number of different herbs in separate oils, you can put the oil/herb combination in mason jars and set those in the slow cooker. Put a lid on each of the jars and leave the lid off the slow cooker. Infuse for the same timing: 8-12 hours on low.

Sun-Infused Oil

How to make natural herbal oil

Pack herbs into mason jars and pour oil over them. Screw on a lid and set in the sun for 8 hours. The summer sun can be very hot, so this method is best used in cooler months and with large jars. Overheating the oils can remove some of the beneficial properties and this method is one you will have to watch more closely. It doesn’t use any power beyond the sun so you can infuse oils right out in the garden as you harvest your herbs!

How to make natural herbal oil

Herb-infused oil is a wonderful way to add extra herbal power to your homemade skincare products and remedies.

The benefit of infusing oil with herbs is that the properties of the herbs are transferred to the oil. Once the herbs are strained out, the oil retains the herbs goodness.

How to make natural herbal oil

There are a number of different methods of creating herb-infused oils, the method you choose will likely depend on the time needed to access the oil.

If you are in a hurry, choose one of the hot diffusion methods, if you are planning ahead and have some time to spare, go for the cold diffusion method.

The cold diffusion method is my first pick whenever possible, as it keeps more of the beneficial properties of the plant intact. It takes no more time up front but requires waiting for about four weeks while the oil is infused.

Should Dried or Fresh Flowers be used in infused oils?

I generally use dried herbs and flowers when creating oil infusions, as the water that may be present on fresh herbs and flowers could cause bacteria to grow. If you choose to use fresh flowers, be sure they are clean and dry before beginning.

It’s best to let flowers dry for a few days before using.

Which oil to use?

When making an herb-infused oil, olive oil is the most popular choice. This is because olive oil is a sturdy oil with a decent shelf life. It resists oxidation and is less likely to go rancid than other more fragile oils.

Olive oil is also great for the skin.

However, that said, many other oils would work very well.

Some possibilities include:

  • grapeseed oil (where to buy) (where to buy) (where to buy)
  • sunflower oil (where to buy)
  • jojoba oil (where to buy)

Coconut oil will also work but will need to be infused using one of the hot methods due to its solid state.

Cold-Infusion/Solar Method

Common measurements for creating herb-infused oils via the solar method include filling the jar ¼ to ½ full with herbs, then filling the jar with oil.

If you would like a more precise measurement, use the common ratio of one ounce dried herb to 10 ounces of oil.

Place herbs into a clean jar and add the carrier oil. Close jar and leave herbs to infuse for 4-6 weeks.

Jar needs to be placed in a consistently warm area, but out of direct sunlight.

Make sure your lid is secured tightly and your herbs are totally submerged into the carrier oil. As you think of it, stop by and give your jar a gentle shake every now and then.

Once infused, strain out the herbs.

Hot-Infusion Methods

Hot-infusion methods allow you to create infused oils in a shorter time frame (one day instead of weeks!). I still prefer the col-infusion method as it keeps more of the herbs beneficial properties intact. However, the hot infusion method is perfectly acceptable and will allow you to create needed remedies and body products right when you need them.

1. The Oven Method

To infuse using the oven method, place herbs in an ovenproof bowl or baking dish. Stir to combine. Try to submerge all of the herbs, but don’t worry if they are not completely covered.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and place bowl or baking dish with herb/oil mixture into the oven. TURN THE OVEN OFF (sorry for the all-caps, but I didn’t want you to miss this step!). Leave herbs to infuse for 3-4 hours.

Once infused, remove from the oven and strain out the herbs.

2. Stove-Top Method

Similar to the methods used to melt butters, oils and herbs can be warmed in the top of a double boiler, or placed in a jar that is then put in a pot with a few inches of water.

Warm over a low to medium heat so the oil gets warm, but not hot (never boiling).

Use a chopstick or spoon to gently stir the herbs every now and then.

Warm oil for about 20 minutes then remove from the stove. Cover and let sit for at least 3 hours.

Once oil is sufficiently infused, strain out the herbs.

How to Strain Herbs

How to make natural herbal oil

Place a strainer over a bowl and lay a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter across it.

Pour the herbs and oils into the bowl, through the cheesecloth. It may look like there are more herbs than oil!

Herbal infused homemade oils contain all the healing and healthy benefits of the herb used. These herbal oils can be used marinades, salad dressings and frying. Some can be used as a base for homemade salves, ointments, lotions, liniments or creams. They also make wonderful soap making oils, bath oils, massage oils, herbal rubs or a simple moisturizer. With the simple skill of making infused oils you’ll be able to make a wonderful variety of homemade gifts for everyone on your list!

For making culinary oils choose herbs with wonderful flavors such as rosemary, thyme, basil, garlic, peppers, peppercorns, parsley, juniper berries, cloves, etc.

For medicinal or beauty oils pick your herbs accordingly. Lavender smells wonderful and also has relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties so it would make a great massage or bath oil. Arnica, plantain, goldenseal, comfrey and Solomon’s seal are just a few of the herbs that have great healing abilities. These are great choices for herbal rubs or as an oil base for a healing salve.

You also have a choice as to which natural vegetable oil to use as a carrier oil for your herbal oil infusion. It’s really a matter of preference but a good cold pressed virgin olive oil is a great choice for both medicinal and kitchen oils. Click here to learn more about natural plant oils.

There’s several ways to make oil infusions but it’s said that the superior way to get the most benefits from the herbs used is the cold fusion method.

COLD INFUSED HOMEMADE OILS

  1. Gather herbs or flowers. When using fresh herbs you’ll need enough to fill your jar. You’ll also want to let your herbs sit out in a single layer overnight to wilt. You must make sure the herbs are completely dry before starting your herbal oil. Any moisture will cause your oil to go rancid or mold. Though fresh herbs are best dried will work also.
  2. Tear or crush the herbs then lightly pack into a clean, sterilized glass jar. For fresh herbs, fill the jar. For dried herbs, fill the jar about 1/3 full.
  3. Pour your high quality cold pressed, virgin olive oil (or other natural plant oil) over the herbs.
  4. Stir lightly to get rid of any air bubbles!
  5. Cap jar and make sure you label it. Place jar in a small bowl in case of overflow. Should this happen stir your infusion again to get rid of air bubbles.
  6. Store your jar in a cool, dark place (out of direct sunlight!) for two to six weeks. For kitchen use just taste your oil until the flavor is where you want it. If your making a medicinal oil it’s recommended that you infuse for six weeks. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GO ANY LONGER THAN SIX WEEKS OR YOUR OIL MAY GO RANCID!
  7. After six weeks strain out the herbs through cheese cloth, twice if you have to, then pour into a clean, sterile bottle or jar. Infused oils that your going to eat should be stored in the refrigerator.

QUICK METHODS OF MAKING INFUSED HOMEMADE OILS

NOTE: The following methods are best suited for oil infusions to be used externally.

1. OVEN INFUSED HOMEMADE OILS – Place your herbs in an oven safe dish and cover with the natural oil of your choice. Cover the dish and place in the oven at 200 degrees or the lowest possible setting your oven has. Cook for three hours. While it’s still warm, strain through cheese cloth and squeeze the oil from the herbs. Pour the oil into a sterile bottle or jar.

2. STOVE TOP INFUSED OILS – Using a double boiler, GENTLY simmer oil and herbs for 2 hours. Strain through cheese cloth. For a stronger infusion repeat using the same oil and fresh herbs.

3. CROCK POT INFUSED HOMEMADE OILS – This method can only be used if your crock pot has a “warm” or very low setting! This works great for infusing several oils at once. Fill your sterile pint jars with your herbs and oils. Place the jars in the crock pot and cook on low for eight hours. You can do up to 5 different oils at once with this method depending on the size of your crock pot!

TIP: Add 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E (per pint) to your beauty and medicinal oils to preserve them. You could also try using 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract.

HERBAL INFUSED RECIPE FOR BABY OIL

This is a wonderful body oil either for baby or yourself! Soothing, pampering and all natural!

  • 1 ounce chamomile
  • 1/2 ounce calendula
  • 1/2 ounce rose petals
  • 1 pint sweet almond oil

Combine ingredients and infuse the oil with one of the above methods. What a suberb gift for a new mom!

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How to make natural herbal oil

If you’ve made the switch to natural beauty products and have trouble giving up body lotion fear not. When I first got started on my natural journey, body lotion was one of the last things to go. But once I learnt how to make an easy 3 ingredient body butter (that’s not greasy) I was sold!

Still, I’m not always organised and there are times when I run out of my homemade body butter. In those times I usually turn to plain and simple – sweet almond oil.

Sweet Almond Oil on its own is fab but I wanted to level up my lotion substitute to ensure it was even more nourishing. Enter these DIY Herbal Body Oils . They give you a spa like experience at home and could not be easier to make. All you need is a carrier oil and dried / fresh herbs.

How to make natural herbal oil

The Best Carrier Oils for your DIY Herbal Body Oil

The main ingredient for these DIY Herbal Body Oils is a carrier oil. Sweet Almond Oil is my carrier oil of choice in these recipes. I find that its an affordable oil which works well for all skin types. I also really like Sweet Almond because it doesn’t leave a greasy feel on our skin.

Which carrier oil is best for your skin?

  • Normal to Dry Skin – Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil
  • Dry to Very Dry Skin – Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil

How to make natural herbal oil

The Best Herbs for your DIY Herbal Body Oil

When choosing an herb for your DIY Herbal Body Oil there are a few points you want to bear in mind.

Dried Herbs vs Fresh Herbs

  • Dried herbs : Dried herbs will keep your herbal oil from developing mold and spoiling.
  • Fresh Herbs : If using fresh herbs and flowers place them in a shady spot for a few hours and allow them to wilt a little before placing them in your carrier oil to infuse. Never, ever place freshly washed herbs into a carrier oil.

Which part of the plant should I use

The plant part used to make an herbal infused oil depends on the plant you’re using. Usually, the plant part(s) that you would use to make an herbal tea, compress, poultice, or essential oil is the part that you’ll use when making an herbal oil. The main thing you’re after is the plant part that has the constituents / therapeutic effects that are particularly beneficial for the skin. Source https://www.aromaculture.com/blog/infused-oils

I chose both lavender and rose both for their numerous health benefits and for their fragrance. For our Lavender DIY Herbal Body Oil and Rose DIY Herbal Body Oil we’ll be using the flowers.

How to make natural herbal oil

How to use your DIY Herbal Body Oil

There are quite a few ways you can use your homemade body oils:

  • Replace body lotions
  • As a base for making homemade body butter
  • As a self massage oil
  • Before your bath or shower
  • Added to your bath water
  • After your bath or shower – Tip! Apply when skin is wet to seal in moisture.

I no longer use body lotions these body oils and homemade body butter is all I need.

How to make natural herbal oil

DIY Herbal Body Oil FAQ

Q. How long do you infuse this DIY Body Oil?

A. I prefer to use the slow method as you retain the full health benefits of the herbs but this means my oil is usually ready in about 4 to 6 weeks

The hardest part of making this DIY Body Oil is waiting for it to infuse. If you’re reading this and thinking I can’t wait that long for my oil to infuse then you can try the stovetop method.

How to make natural herbal oil

How to make a luxurious DIY Herbal Body Oil

You will need

A Glass jar with a tight fitting lid

Dried lavender flowers or fresh wilted flowers as recommended above

Dried Rose Buds

Sweet Almond Oil

Instructions

Fill the glass jar or bottles until ½ way full with herbs (lavender and rose)

(TIP! Along with the herbs add a vanilla pod for the most indulgent vanilla fragrance, you will literally want to eat your DIY Herbal Body Oil if you do this)

Pour in carrier oil over the herbs until completely covered

Close your jar and place near a sunny window and allow to infuse for 4-6 weeks

After infusion strain herbs out through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth

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How to make natural herbal oil

Making herb infused oils is an easy way to enhance your health and cooking. I love making my own skin care creams, salves, and serums using herb infused oil. It’s also a wonderful way to get the amazing medicinal benefits of herbs in your recipes. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know for how to make herbal oils with dried herbs.

How to make natural herbal oil

Items you need to make herb infused oils with dried herbs

Here is a complete list with everything you need, all linked to where I buy my supplies.

  • Mason jars with lids
  • Olive oil or any oil desired depending on the use (I use Vitamin E oil and rosehip seed oil for my facial serum infused oils)

What oil is best for making herb infused oils?

Traditionally, most people opt for a good quality olive oil. It has natural antioxidants and anti-viral properties, making it great for a topical salve or balm.

However, I specifically use rosehip seed oil and vitamin E oil for my facial serum.

Because I have been experimenting with natural facial moisturizers for years, and this is the combination that I keep coming back to.

How to make natural herbal oil

Benefits of vitamin E and rosehip seed oil for face

Benefits of vitamin E oil that I’ve felt and seen on my face include reversing the scarring from hormonal acne, and keeping my skin clear.

Rosehip oil is commonly used because it has anti-aging properties, protection from age spots, helps with acne scarring, and may reduce inflammation.

How to make herb infused oils

The process is incredibly simple, and therapeutic, in my opinion! There is something romantic and fulfilling in creating my own herbal products.

  1. Select your dried herbs. Things to think about:
    • Quality of herbs. I always buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs because they are responsibly sourced, processed, and cultivated. And the quality is impeccable.
    • What are you using your herb infused oils for? Skincare? Internal use in recipes?
    • Make sure you get at least 1 oz of each herb, so there is enough to go in the jar.
  2. Place the herbs halfway to three-quarters full in a clean mason jar. Cover completely with oil. Make sure they are completely covered. If there are products left to hang out in the air, they can mold and ruin your whole batch of precious herbal oil!
  3. Screw on the lid and sit in a windowsill where it can soak in the sun and moon rays. I also like to place an intention on each batch of herbal infused oils that I make. Whether it’s health, wellness, clarity, or love, it’s a great way to connect with the plants. Let them steep in oil for 3-6 weeks, shaking and checking in on it regularly to make sure it’s not rancid.
  4. Once the oil is ready, get your sieve, nut bag and funnels! Strain the oils and place the finished product in a clean jar. Store in a cool and dark place. I like to keep mine in the cupboard or pantry.

How to make natural herbal oil

How long should I let my herbal oil infuse?

The minimum time I recommend is two weeks. However, I like to let my oils infuse for 4-6 weeks. That way they have time to fully extract the healing properties that each herb offers!

As I mentioned above, sometimes a batch goes rancid. I know, it’s sad. But you absolutely want to throw it away and start over if this happens. You can tell it’s bad by the smell and noticing any mold growth on the oil and herbs.

To prevent this from happening, make sure all herbs are fully covered in oil, all the way to the top of the jar.

How to make natural herbal oil

Best dried herbs to use for herb infused oil

For skin and body care I recommend the following herbs:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Yarrow
  • Plantain
  • Basil
  • Rosehip
  • Rose buds
  • Usnea
  • Schizandra

For awesome herb infused cooking oils:

  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Mint

Using an herbal cooking oil on drizzled on something like my incredibly popular goat cheese and basil dip recipe would be absolutely DIVINE!

How to make natural herbal oil

Tips for straining the herb infused oils

Most tutorials I’ve seen use cheesecloth. It’s fine, however I like to buy reusable kitchen products as much as possible to reduce waste. As an herbalist and holistic nutritionist, reducing waste where I can is important to me!

That’s why I use a reusable nut milk bag to strain my herb infused oils. Simply place it on top of a small mesh sieve, which is then placed over a glass bowl. Pour in the oils and squeeezzeee! The double layers will keep the finished product oil clean. From there, I use my small stainless steel funnel to pour back into a clean mason jar.

Making herbal oil infusions is fun!

As you can see, making your own herbal oil infusions is a simple and fulfilling way to take ownership of your wellness.

Stay tuned for my next post about how to use the herbal oils to make a skin salve and facial serum!

And as always, hit the comment box and please ask any and all questions you may have about making your own herb infused oils, or anything related to herbs!

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There are two primary methods of infusing herbs into a fixed oil. The hot oil infusion method is quick and relatively painless, and the cold infusion method which takes 6-8 weeks. I have been taught that the cold infusion method is more medicinally beneficial, but after working with both cold and hot infused oils, I find each method has its own pro’s and con’s. I tend to tell my students to use the method that fits best for their lifestyle. I personally use low heat for the first 12 hours, then cap and seal the oils (as long as I am infusing a dry herb and not a fresh herb) and let it sit for an additional 4-6 weeks. The color and fragrance are both so rich when you do it this way that it has become my favorite. You can feel free to decide a favorite method for your self.

The cold infusion method is wonderful for both fresh and dried herbs. Dry herbs tend to make more potent oil and there is less of a chance of rancidity. Fresh herbs have a higher
water content, which can lead to rancid oil or mold issues, so special care should be taken when infusing fresh herbs in oil. I tend to usually work with dry herbs, but when herbs like St. John’s wort, arnica, and chickweed are in season I will definitely make some nice fresh infused oils with them.

Cold Infusion Step-By-Step Instructions

  • Fresh or dry herbs
  • Oil of your choice
  • 1 quart (or smaller) mason jar or pyrex bowl.
  1. Harvest your herbs during the cooler part of the day, from a clean place without pesticides, herbicides, or animal feces. Be sure they are dry. Do not rinse the herbs. OR – acquire the dry herbs and measure them out to take up about half of your glass infusion container.
  1. Place the fresh or dry herbs in a sterilized dry glass jar. I run mine through the sanitizing cycle in the dishwasher and make sure they are thoroughly clean and dry before putting the herbs in. If you are using fresh herbs, let the herbs wilt for 24 hours before placing them in the jar. Once they have wilted, fill the jar ¾ full with the fresh herb, chopped. Sanitize a rock or fermenting crock weight and place it on top of the herbs so they don’t float to the top when adding oil. If you are using dry herbs fill the jar approximately half way with the dry herb, cut and sifted.
  1. Cover the herbs completely with the carrier oil of choice.
  1. Use a wooden chopstick or something similar to push the herbs under the oil and release all the air bubbles. You may have to do this a few times during the first day. For fresh herbs: Some herbs will float to the top for the first week or two. Be sure to keep them completely submerged under the oil to reduce the risk of the oil going rancid or moldy. This may require a lot of poking at them but eventually they will sink below the oil line. For dry herbs: Put a lid on the jar and don’t worry about it.
  1. Top the jar completely with olive oil leaving about an inch of oil over your herb matter.
  1. If you are using dry herbs you can screw a lid on the jar and set it in a sunny window. If you are using fresh herbs place some cheesecloth or a coffee filter over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. This will allow the water from the herbs to evaporate and escape from the oil, decreasing your chance for rancidity.
  1. Place your jars in a sunny, warm, but not too hot, location and allow the warmth and sun to aid in the infusion of the oils.
  1. Label the jars with the exact date you started them and let them infuse for 4-6 weeks. Fresh herbs shouldn’t be left in the oil for longer than 4-6 weeks. Dry herbs can be left in the jar until they are ready to use.
  2. Using a fine mesh filter lined with cheesecloth, filter the herbs from the oil into a separate glass jar.
  1. If you used fresh herbs, allow that oil to sit covered with breathable barrier again for a day or two. After that time check the bottom of the jar to see if any water has collected on the bottom. If so extract the oil from the top of the jar, leaving the water with a thin layer of oil on top to be discarded.
  1. Decant your finished oil into a cobalt or brown colored jar to protect from UV damage, or in a mason jar and stored in a cool, dry, dark place.
  1. You can add some vitamin e oil to help extend the shelf life. You can also add a few drops of myrrh or rosemary essential oil to extend shelf life and protect from rancidity.

Herb infused oils need to be stored with a tight fitting lid in a cool dry place out of the light. If they are stored properly, the can last as long as the oils expiration date. Be sure to label your oil with the date you made it so you know when its shelf life will end.

Hot Oil Infusion Step-By-Step

Infusing herbs into oils with heat takes less time, reduces the chances for fresh herbs to turn the oil rancid or moldy, and extracts more volatile oils and color. It is a good choice for a quick project if you just don’t have the time to wait for the cold infusion method. I find it to be simpler, and easier for beginners who really enjoy the instant gratification of a job well done.

How to make natural herbal oil

TV host and former model Padma Lakshmi has developed an essential oil blend that she massages onto her body prior to a big event where she needs to be looking her best, such as a photo shoot.

She claims that this slimming essential oil blend helps her lose 1/2 to 1 inch overnight. It’s certainly not a permanent solution to losing weight, but if you have an event where you need to squeeze into that dress then this blend could work wonders for you.

Juniper berry oil is the key ingredient. It is a diuretic so helps to get rid of excess water from the body therefore causing the slimming. The blend also contains lots of other beautiful smelling essential oils, such as grapefruit, rosemary and black pepper so not only can this help you lose an inch, it will also having you smell beautiful.

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