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  • Alicia Frosini

Add the Essence of Summer with Herbal Oils

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

We are in the dog days of summer, and you might be looking for some refreshment, so we are going to share a recipe to make your own herbal oil using fresh mint.

To make this recipe you will use a variety of mints and plan to steep for 24 hours. You can use this herbal oil to cool down spicy chickpea or bean salads; or in place of olive oil in green salads.

You will need the following:

  • 4 cups of water (2 for the ice bath)

  • 1 cup of packed fresh mint leaves

  • 2 TBS. of sea salt

  • A handful of ice cubes

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil


Add the salt to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Add the fresh leaves and blanch for 60 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon.

Put the leaves in an ice bath for 20 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon.

Set the leaves on a dish towel to dry.

Combine the leaves with the oil in a food processor and blend.

Transfer this slurry to a container and refrigerate 12-24 hours.

After 12-24 hours, strain the slurry through cheesecloth to collect the oil and store in the refrigerator. The oil will keep for up to 1 month.

This process can be done with different varieties of basil as well. Let us know if you create any interesting herbal oils or recipes using them!

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