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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create an oil infusion of yarrow leaf or blossom using plant material you harvested. Oil infusion is a method of extracting desired compounds from plant material by steeping the material in warm or cool oil.

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How to Make an Infused Oil


Minimum requirements:
  - Make an infused oil using plant material you harvested
  - Use yarrow leaf or blossom

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
 - Harvested plant material (either being harvested or just harvested)
 - Making the infusion (plant material in oil) with a description of the oil and any other ingredients you used
 - Finished (strained) infused oil in its labeled jar
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Yarrow grows in all of the paths of my community garden. Usually it just gets mowed down, but since I'm the only one who mows I've been letting it bloom so I can harvest the blossoms. It's hard to find pictures of it being harvested since I almost always have my hands full but I found one photo of the beautiful abundance in my arms. I hung it to dry in a closet and then stripped the blooms into a jar in the fall.
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Me holding freshly harvested yarrow on a sunny day
Me holding freshly harvested yarrow on a sunny day
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Dried yarrow blossoms in oil next to the original jar of dried yarrow
Dried yarrow blossoms in oil next to the original jar of dried yarrow
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Finished yarrow infused oil
Finished yarrow infused oil
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Yarrow is flowering! It's a beautiful time of year :-) I collected bunches from my friend's field and made all kinds of medicine out of it! Here is the raw flower being picked, dried, then the added olive oil, beeswax and finished goop in a labelled jar. I added other herbs to this combination to make Dr. Nicole Apelian's All-Purpose Salve. I'm not sure if I can post her exact recipe, but here are the other ingredients used, which you can read off her website: calendula, arnica, plantain, lavender and cottonwood bud. We have already used it many times for bruised ribs, sunburns, cuts and scrapes.
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yarrow in the field
yarrow in the field
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yarrow drying
yarrow drying
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herbs all seeping in a low double-boiler
herbs all seeping in a low double-boiler
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Straining out the herbs
Straining out the herbs
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adding beeswax
adding beeswax
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goop in a labeled jar
goop in a labeled jar
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I made a peppermint salve a few years ago. It was my very first herbal cure that the family took to. It helped almost everything! Yellowjacket stings, dry skin, small wounds, (even the animals got salve on their booboos XD ). Now, I am making another batch of herbal oils for salves and whatever else I need it for. Yarrow is one of the most powerful germ-killing herb I have and it is rather remarkable. I have used it on cut wounds and they have healed faster and with much less pain and on reluctant healing scrapes and have always been pleased! Yarrow is one of my best herbal friends!
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It smells sort of like a Christmas tree
It smells sort of like a Christmas tree
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Hung up to dry
Hung up to dry
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In the olive oil
In the olive oil
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All done
All done
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Ready to make a salve!
Ready to make a salve!
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To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
- Harvested plant material (either being harvested or just harvested)
- Making the infusion (plant material in oil) with a description of the oil and any other ingredients you used
- Finished (strained) infused oil in its labeled jar



I was told that I could use other plants along with yarrow as long as I didn't submit this same one for other infused oil BBs. I infused olive oil with yarrow blossoms and leaves, plantain leaves, and rose petals.
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Harvesting yarroe
Harvesting yarroe
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Yarrow and plantain
Yarrow and plantain
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Rose and olive oil
Rose and olive oil
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Infusing yarrow, plantain, and rose in olive oil
Infusing yarrow, plantain, and rose in olive oil
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Straining the oil
Straining the oil
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The finished oil in its labeled jar
The finished oil in its labeled jar
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