How to Make Lavender Oil

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Lavender oil is the essential oil extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant, scientifically known as Lavandula angustifoliaThis oil has been used in various cultures dating back more than 5,000 years, primarily for its soothing, anti-inflammatory and stress-relieving properties.

You only need a small amount of this oil to be effective, and when using internally, it should always be diluted in water.

However, this oil is also used topically to soothe skin irritation, relieve headaches and ease tension in the joints. Due to its versatile uses, this essential oil has become one of the most common oils in use today!

How to Make Lavender Oil?

If you learn how to make lavender oil, you can save quite a bit of money and can be secure in knowing precisely what is included in your oil. Let’s take a look at how to make lavender oil at home.

Learning how to make lavender oil is a good idea if you can’t get enough of the wonderful scent or its many medicinal benefits. Here is the recipe to make it at home.

How to Make Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has a sweet fragrance and is used for many things such as relieving injured and itchy skin, inducing sleep and creating a pleasant massage oil. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could make it in the comforts of your home? Let's take a look at the step by step process of making Lavender oil below. 
Servings: 1 bottle
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • fresh lavender sprigs
  • almond oil/olive oil/ safflower oil as per your preference
  • 1 Vitamin E capsule (optional)

Instructions

  • To make lavender oil, begin by cutting fresh lavender sprigs, as you can use fresh stems, leaves, and flowers in your oil infusion.
  • Hang the lavender sprigs upside down and allow them to dry for 1-2 weeks.
  • Once the lavender is dry, crush the plant parts and add it to a glass jar.
  •  Pour a plant oil, such as safflower oil or olive oil into the jar, leaving 1-2 inches at the top.
  • Set the jar in a sunny spot, making sure it is tightly sealed.
  •  Leave the jar to sit and soak for 3-4 weeks.
  • You can add Vitamin E at the end of the infusion to increase the shelf life of the oil. This step is recommended if you don't have a cool, dark place to store the oil. 
  • Strain the plant parts from the oil.
  • Store the lavender essential oil in a dark bottle, and keep it away from direct sunlight and sources of heat.

Notes

Remember, only a few drops are typically enough to achieve a powerful scent and deliver the lavender essential oil's powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

 

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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