The Practica of Larrea 1 – External

For external use, much of Larrea’s exceptional healing properties can be extracted into a fragrant infused oil. I use the standard fresh plant oil proportions of one part fresh plant (twigs, leaves and flowers if in season) to two parts oil. Actually, I usually just fill a jar with plant bits and fill again with the oil, stir out the air bubbles and let sit in a warm spot (top of the fridge if you have one, wood stove warmer if you have one, sunny spot etc) for a few weeks. A waterbath would work fine too. A lovely aspect of Larrea oil is that it’s so packed with antioxidants that it essentially never goes bad. In fact, I add a few dropperfulls of Larrea oil to other herbal oils that might go off much in the same way that many people add Vitamin E....