How to make lavender essential oil

Lavender has several uses and benefits, especially pertaining to health and beauty. When using a particular oil, like extra virgin olive or sunflower oil, it can be easily incorporated into cooking. Or, if creating your own at home spa treatment, grapeseed or jojoba oil work brilliantly. No matter how you use lavender oil, it is very easy and lasts for a long time.

Servings: 1 jar

You will need:

  • A large jar (for the infusion)
  • Cut and dried Lavender
  • Olive oil or mineral oils (depending on the use)
  • Cheesecloth or muslin (for straining)
  • A bottle or glass container (for storage)

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Infusion time: 1-3 weeks

Instructions:

  1. Harvest and dry – Once you have harvested your lavender allow it to dry completely before starting the infusion process.
  2. Divide lavender – Fill jar with dry lavender until it is at least three-quarters full.
  3. Choose your oil – Add enough oil so that the lavender is completely submerged and can move around freely.
  4. Leave it – Secure the lid and leave the jar on a windowsill in direct sunlight. Depending on the strength desired leave the oil for up to 3 weeks, occasionally giving it a light shake.
  5. Strain – Use the cheesecloth or muslin to strain the lavender flowers and store the infused oil in a glass container.
  6. Use – Once you’re happy with your oil feel free to use immediately!

Tips:

  • What other oils can I use?

For skincare: Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Argon Oil. Each of these oils has their own benefits and ways they will react to your skin. Always do research and a patch test before using.

For cooking: Avocado Oil and Safflower Oil.

  • What else is Lavender Oil used for?

Lavender Oil is often used in aromatherapy. It can also be used to treat anxiety, allergies, insomnia, and menstrual cramps.

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How to make dried lavender

Drying lavender is a wonderful way to preserve your beautiful blooms. There are so many wonderful uses for it too. It’s excellent for making tea, cooking and baking and crafting. Learn all about how to make dried lavender (a few different ways), including the best varieties to use, and when to cut it.

The best lavender to use for drying is English lavender. The reason is because it contains more oils than other varieties. But regardless, you can still dry any variety you have in your garden – whether it be English, Spanish or French.

The Hanging Method

Here’s how to dry lavender using hanging bunches:

  • Cut a bunch of lavender stalks making sure that you leave a few inches of stem on the cut stalk. Group about 15 – 20 stalks together and tie them with an elastic band or twine. 
  • Once set, hang each bundle in a dark, warm, and dry place, like a basement or cellar. Make sure to hang it upside down to help retain its blossom shape. Don’t forget to leave enough space to allow air to travel between the stalks.
  • Now simply leave your lavender hanging until completely dry.

The Oven Method

Here are the simple steps for drying lavender in the oven:

  • Set the oven to low heat at around 100 degrees Celsius. Spread a thin layer of lavender on a baking tray and place it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the stalks are completely brittle. Keep the oven door slightly open while drying (to allow moisture to pass through effectively). If it still feels moist after 10 minutes, rotate the stalks and then leave it for 5 more minutes to dry.
  • Once done, remove the dried lavender from the oven and run your hand down the dried stalks carefully until the blossoms fall into a container.

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