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Preserving Herbs and Flowers in Oil

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Using decorative bottles and oil you can create decorative herb and flower displays. This is a guide about preserving herbs and flowers in oil.


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January 6, 2010

Small wildflowers stored in mini glass corked bottles filled with oil. These were the last flowers in my yard this year. With the ground now snow covered, it's nice to have little reminders of sunny days around the house!

Hold flower beside your bottle to size it and clip off excess stem to make it fit. Fill up the bottle with clear oil. (I used baby oil in some and lavender baby wash in others.)

Attach a small screw-eye into the cork to use as a charm for necklace or bracelet or to hang in a window or other place.

By Melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

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January 13, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, wonderful idea.I can't wait to try it.Thanks.

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September 13, 2015

In reference to this link here:

How long will flowers last preserved in oil? I assumed that pretty quickly they would wilt or at least they wouldn't last very long term. Does anyone know how long flowers would stay in tact without browning or wilting in the oil bottle?


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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

I have a Dt Coke bottle that has had flowers sealed in it for over 10 years. They are intact but the colors are now faded. I think part of the reason they faded was the bottle has sat on the kitchen window seal.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

Do you have to dry out the flowers before you place them in a bottle with oil? Or can you place them in a bottle of oil before they are dried out and dying, while still alive and pretty?

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