I am not even joking.
A friend of mine called me up a couple days ago and told me a relative had been injured and what she could do magically to help accelerate the healing process. One conversation about ethics and energy and proximity later, I found myself setting a date with her to make an herbal salve the relative could use (with her doctor’s permission!) and which my friend could charge with intent in a circle.
I had the ingredients on hand for a favorite salve recipe, but what I didn’t have was time to baby a double-boiler or fuss with a crockpot that boils everything no matter what. But I do have a sous vide cooker, and it can hold just about any temperature you want for just about as long as you want with no fuss at all. So I hooked it up and held the infusing herbs and oils steady at 100℉ for 24 hours.
Holy heck, I think that was pretty much the easiest time I ever had making an oil infusion. It took almost no time to set up, and it churned all night and all day with no problems whatsoever. And when I was away at work and panicking that I was burning down the house, all I had to do was check my smartphone…and the cooker’s wifi connection would show me how it was running so I could abort if necessary. But everything was fine, and I came home today to this glorious concoction:
For reference, this oil is so dark green it looks black, but it started as perfectly clear coconut oil. That was a pretty effective infusion, if I do say so myself. And, best of all, I can say with 100% certainty for the first time ever in my herbals preparations that I didn’t “cook” the herbs accidentally.