Lavender is a lovely purplish flower that accentuates a garden and emits a pleasant fragrance, and lavender oil is derived from the fresh plant. Simply by picking a quantity of lavender petals, drying them and putting them in dish in your bathroom produces a lovely scent. When you lightly crush them with your fingers, they release an intoxicating aroma. Lavender oil possesses that fragrance in liquid form. Lavender oil is used for aromatherapy, potpourri, and it is known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is good for the health of your skin and produces a general sense of relaxation when you breathe it in. The oil is used in many cleaning products like soaps and detergents. You can even mix a few drops with baking soda, sprinkle it on your carpet and vacuum it up for a lovely lavender scent in your home. The possibilities are many. You can make lavender oil at home quite easily. You won’t need many ingredients—just some patience.
Step 1: Harvest the Fresh Lavender
Don’t buy lavender that is not fresh, and do not dry it out before you begin the process. You want the lavender petals and stems to be completely fresh. If you have lavender growing in your garden, all the better. Otherwise, purchase it from a nursery or gather it in the wild.
Step 2: Clip it and Jar it
Clip the lavender flowers into relatively small pieces. Don’t throw the stems away. Bend the stems so they will fit into the glass jar you have at the ready. Pull the petals off of the stems and pile them up. Once you have the small pieces of lavender, fill up the jar with them—both petals and stems. Don’t stuff the lavender into the jar; rather, fill it without packing it too tightly.
Step 3: Pour in the Olive Oil
Pour extra virgin, pure olive oil into the jar all the way up to the point where the stopper will go. Put in the stopper, making sure there is no air pocket between it and the oil.
Step 4: Let Oil Sit
Let the sealed jar sit for at least 1 month, preferably in a window where it will get direct sunlight. Shake it a little each day to mix the oil with the lavender.
Step 5: Strain into Second Jar
After the month has passed, remove the stopper from the jar and hold the strainer over the open second jar. Pour the entire contents of the first jar onto the strainer, making sure the oil goes into the second jar. When all of the oil has been poured, squeeze the oily lavender over the second jar to get out as much infused oil as possible. Dispose of the lavender and put the stopper on the second jar. Your oil is ready.
Lavender essential oil is good for the senses, the body and the mind. Use it to freshen up the scent of your home, or simply dab a bit on your temples when you need to relax. Apply it to skin blemishes or add a few drops to your bath. With this method, you can always have therapeutic lavender oil around the home.