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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