A Double boiler is a great way to infuse oils without destroying your delicate herbs and insuring all the herbal properties have been transferred to the oil. They’re also quite handy when melting beeswax in oil to make a salve or lip balm. There are a few ways to make your own double boiler, choose the one that works best for you.
Fortunately this can be done in a number of ways, so choose the way that works best for you and your soon to be apothecary.
- Place a glass bowl over a saucepan filled with water. Same deal, herbs go in glass bowl and are heated by the steam.
- Place a glass measuring cup on top of a canning jar ring inside a saucepan filled with about an inch of water or so. The herbs and oil go inside the glass measuring cup and are headed by the steaming water in the saucepan
- Place two saucepans on top of one another. Fill the bottom saucepan with water and the top saucepan with the herbs and oil.
*Please note that when using beeswax the container you choose for the top portion of the double boiler will be exposed to wax. Wax is NOT easy to wash off. I recommend designating a specific container for wax and wiping it clean with a paper towel immediately.