We've been learning a lot about the benefits of various herbs and other nutrients, so naturally the next step was to figure out how to incorporate them into our lives.
At first, it felt like a lot of work. We did some research on making infused oils, and almost every recipe involved a mason jar, dark closet, cheesecloth, and lots of time.
We simply aren't that patient.
The recipes were sitting there, waiting to be made into beautiful blog posts for you, but they never got made. And if we weren't going to take the time to make them, how could we possibly expect you to?
Then we found LEVO.
LEVO is a kitchen appliance for infusing herbs in butter or oil — without a mess. If you've ever tried to make a DIY project in the double broiler, you'll understand why this is so fantastic.
LEVO is a compact little machine, no bigger than your standard coffee maker, that arrives in a beautifully packaged box that has obviously been designed for the experience of being opened. Its "buttons" are an intuitive touch screen that make operating it feel sleek and easy, and the cord wrap on the back is a great design detail that makes for clean storage.
Our favorite thing about LEVO is that it's a simple machine.
Every time you use it, you have to clean only the four pieces you see here — and they are dishwasher safe! It even came with a handy little manual with cleanly illustrated instructions for use, but after you use it once, you'll never need the instructions again.
Getting the LEVO set up is quick and painless:
The minimum amount of oil that LEVO can infuse is 5 oz (10 tbsp). One thing we've noticed with the herbs so far is that only the herbs that are steeped in the oil will be infused, so if you only plan to infuse a little bit of oil, you should only use a little bit of herb. You can pause mid-infusion and stir the herbs up (LEVO even comes with an herb press that managed to go MIA during this photoshoot), but we of course forget to do that.
LEVO can be used to infuse nuts, seeds, cloves, roots, vegetables, flowers, fruit, and tons of other things with about any oil you can dream up —from extra virgin olive oil to lard! You just fill the pod with whatever you want to infuse. Yeah, it's that easy. They even have an interactive online calculator — below is a screenshot of what it told us to do for this combination, lavender and coconut oil. When you're done, just press the dispensing button and it flows effortlessly and mess-free into whatever container your heart desires. Again, if you're a frequent DIY-er, you'll have a serious appreciation for how easy the LEVO makes things.
So... What can I make?
We were out-of-this-world thrilled when our LEVO arrived, but then we had a moment of panic: what the heck do we make with it? The amount of ingredients you could combine was almost overwhelming, and we'd never played with oil infusion before.
We decided to start simply by infusing some coconut oil with lavender, two ingredients that are pretty familiar (compared to some things). We know from our herbal blend research that lavender can be great for sleep and anxiety and coconut oil is great for moisturizing your skin, so we thought that this would make a great massage oil/moisturizer — and we were right!
LEVO's superpower is versatility.
We originally made lavender-infused coconut oil to use as a body oil (we like to end our days with a nightly self-massage to help release toxins, improve circulation, tone muscles, and relieve stress), but the oil turned out to be so much more useful than that.
- We put it in our hair. Lavender can help soothe dry, brittle hair.
- We put it in our coffee, and our lemonade. Herbal flavored drinks are hot this summer.
- We made it into icing to top our sugar cookies. Our friends thought we were fancy.
- We used it as a base for an essential oil blend roll-on. Our friends at Young Living thought that was pretty cool.
- We made a bath salt scrub. Recipe releasing July 21!
After seeing what all the lavender coconut oil could do, we were struck with too much inspiration to handle. Sam went recipe hunting, and we visited the local Clover's Natural Market to pick up an assortment of herbs to have on hand. Over the next few months, we'll be sharing how to make your own bath salts, lip balm, massage oil, shaving "cream," facial serum, soap, bubble bath, and MORE! Oh and some food recipes, like Rose Cardamom coffee. It's going to be really, really good.
We loved the LEVO, but we love its founders more.
LEVO was conceptualized by Chrissy when she experienced frustrations with infusing butter in the kitchen. A DIY-er herself, she knew there had to be an easier way to create these things — and she wanted to be in control over what ingredients she used and how she prepared them so that she could know exactly what she was putting into and onto her body.
People don't always realize how many extra, unnecessary chemicals and ingredients are put into the products they use every single day; LEVO believes in empowering consumers by giving them the tools they need to be self sufficient, and they even supply the resources (like the infusion calculator) you need to be successful at making your own natural, chemical-free products. At Hempsley, we're dedicated to empowering you knowledge about holistic, natural approaches to wellness so that you can begin taking better care of yourself and your loved ones — which includes lots of recipes for body care and delicious food, all made easier with the LEVO. It was a perfect alignment.
We love this little machine so much, we've partnered with LEVO so that we can offer you $15 off your LEVO when you use code HEMPSLEY at checkout. We want you to experience just how easy (and fun) this can make life!
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to leave them in the comments below! We'd also love to hear from anyone who's used the LEVO, or if anyone has a recipe idea they'd like us to investigate. :)
Be sure to check back tomorrow for our first LEVO recipe, a lavender-infused bath salt!!
The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hempsley!
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