Herbal Alchemy Oil

If you already use olive oil in your food, why not add the extra therapeutic benefit of infusing your olive oil with herbs?

Do you use olive oil in your salad dressings or drizzle it on your veggies?

If you already use olive oil in your food, why not add the extra therapeutic benefit of infusing your olive oil with herbs?

Oil absorbs many of the flavors and medicinal qualities of herbs and spices. Having an array of infused herbal oils on hand gives you a rich palate to draw from when you make your dinner.

When you add herbs and spices to a meal at the last minute, often there isn’t enough time for the blending that can really elevate the taste of the food. The nice thing about herb infused oil is that the herbs and spice flavors have settled into the oil and are ready to liven up your meals. The aroma and flavor of an infused herbal oil permeates food instantly.

So, the bottom line is that using herb infused oils is such a simple way to enrich the taste and health factor of your food! (I know, don’t you just love more ways to get herbs onto your plate!)

Four different herb infused oils sit on my counter right now and just about every day they are added to a meal. Today I want to share one of our all-time favorite garnishing herbal infused oils:


This oil magically makes everything taste good! If I am in a hurry, I do a quick vegetable sauté, top it with this oil and the meal tastes like I have been in the kitchen for hours. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but this oil is seriously yummy. This morning I drizzled some Alchemy Oil on my scrambled eggs…

Here’s what you need:


Sterilized jar

Organic olive oil

Dried herbs and spices

100 proof vodka (If you can’t get 100 proof vodka, just use what you can get)
If you don’t want to use the alcohol, you can skip this step

Measuring cup and measuring spoons


1) Powder dried herbs in the blender or purchase them pre-powdered

2) Put mixture of herbs in a bowl and rehydrate them with vodka

3) Stir vodka into the herbs. Mash and stir the alcohol into the herbs until all the clumps are worked out

4) The alcohol rehydration step in this recipe enhances the extraction of medicinal properties and savory flavors. This is an optional step

5) Put a sealing lid on the bowl and let rehydrating herbs sit for ½ hour

6) Put rehydrated herbs and olive oil into sterilized jar

7) Shake well

8) Let sit for two weeks, then your oil is ready to use

9) No need to strain out the spices, leave them in the oil

10) Shake before using, so that the herbs mix into the oil

11) When you get to the bottom of the jar, use the remaining spice and oil sludge in a marinade


I like to use my herb infused olive oil within one year. You can refrigerate your herbal oils to help preserve their shelf life. Remember that light, excess heat, exposure to moisture and fluctuating temperatures break down the integrity of the oil. 


Olive oil: Olive oil is a rich, nutritive, antioxidant, antibacterial and cardio vascular tonic oil. It has a long shelf life and I love using olive oil that is produced locally by people that I know. Use olive oil that is cold pressed and processed without heat.


Turmeric is the most searched herb on the internet right now! Join the crowd and drizzle its anti-oxidant, anti-bacteria and digestive supporting benefits onto your meals.


I love paprika because it gives you the splendid flavor of a chili pepper without all the heat. Packed full of beneficial nutrients, paprika is high in vitamin C and contains the important antioxidant nutrient beta-carotene. Its flavonoid content has paprika weighing in as an important substance for the cardiovascular system. High flavonoid spices are tonic to the heart, reducing the risk of heart disease by protecting the capillaries, veins and the entire cardiovascular system. 


Coriander has a synergistic effect in spice mixtures. Its’ lemony taste has the talent of synthesizing diverse flavors, when mixing it with other herbs you can’t really go wrong. It goes well with hot herbs like mustard and fits right in with sweet spices like cinnamon


Cinnamon increases warmth and circulation and supports efficient digestion of fats and cold foods. It dissolves mucus and clears stagnation throughout the sinus and respiratory tract. Cinnamon is a delivery herb. Sprinkling it on your food helps your body to more easily digest the nutrition from your meal.


Mustard is highly antioxidant containing Vitamins C and E and selenium. Mustard is a timeless remedy for enhancing digestion and dispersing phlegm. Hope you don’t have any of that, but have you ever noticed that sometimes when you eat mustard suddenly, your nose is running? Yep, anything that is ready to come out starts dripping with mustard. That is a good thing.

Add these herbs together along with the nutrition of the olive oil and you get a great big dollop of super nutrition, health supporting, anti-oxidant and digestion activating deliciousness. I hope you enjoy your Alchemy Oil.

Alchemy Oil
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  1. 1 ½ cups olive oil
  2. 1 teaspoon vodka
  3. 1 tablespoon powdered turmeric
  4. 1 tablespoon powdered paprika
  5. 1 tablespoon powdered coriander
  6. 2 teaspoons powdered mustard
  7. 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
Alchemy Oil Uses
  1. Bread drizzle
  2. Rice garnish
  3. Marinades
  4. Salad dressing
  5. Sauces
  6. Soups
  7. Stir fry
  8. Vegetable drizzle
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Hello I’m Kami, Welcome to Living Awareness!

I believe every family needs to have someone on board with a working knowledge of natural remedies if you want to take care of your family’s health for real.

When I was growing up, natural remedies was not a mainstream concept like it is now, in fact, you are going to be surprised that I never even heard the word natural remedy until I moved out of the house!

In my early 20’s I met someone by chance that told me about holistic health and herbal medicine. I wondered why nobody had talked to me about it before and had a voracious appetite to learn everything I could.

Now, 30 years later I've helped thousands of people demystify the world of herbal medicine and become empowered in using herbal self-care in their home to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and protect their health naturally.

For 20 years I've had a clinical herbal practice connecting people with plants and their wellness. I've developed and taught herbal curriculum for UCSF School of Nursing and the Integral Health Master’s Degree Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Stick with me! You’ll learn awesome herbal self-care, get inspired to be more self-sufficient in your health care and nourish a deep love for the herbs and how to use them, knowing you are doing the very best you can to care for your wellness.

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Will Falconer, DVM

Wow, Kami! That is seriously cool! You packed several months worth of nutritional goodness into a bottle that took you all of, what? Ten minutes? And, I never would have dreamed up that combo, but I’m glad you did! Sounds yummy!