How to Make Lavender Oil

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Introduction: How to Make Lavender Oil

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Time:15 minutes

Ingredients/items:
Lavender leaves and flowers
Grapeseed oil
Mason jar with lid
*I will use my lavender oil for candle scents and other holistic creative creations!

Step 1: Cut

First, cut a handful of lavender leaves and flowers from your plant (s).

Next, cut the lavender with sissors and place in a mason jar. Press the lavender down.

OR

Tie the lavender in a bundle and hang to dry it for a few weeks. Than crush the leaves and flowers into a jar.

Step 2: Oil

Pour the grapeseed oil over the lavender until it is covered.

Last, set the lavender oil in a window or on a shelf for 1-2 weeks. After 2 weeks remove the lavender and put the oil in smaller containers. You can also heat the oil and lavender together for a faster infusion. (see last picture )

*Use within 6 months.

OR

If your using the dry method, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to be absorbed by the carrier oil.

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    if you do not have Olive oil or grapeseed oil will veggie oil from aldis work?

    I've never used mineral oil before, I've used almond oil, sunflower oil, Olive oil, and grapeseed oil. Each has a different smell when infused with the herbs.....probably depends on what you want to use the oil for. Maybe try a little jar and see how it turns out. I am always experimenting! I use my oils for external holistic remedies and for candle scents.

    Just a public service announcement -- anaerobic (no oxygen) environments that contain water are the perfect breeding ground for botulism, a particularly deadly form of food poisoning, and fresh herbs soaking in oil are exactly that sort of environment!

    So only use this oil for external uses -- never put it in food!

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    I've been using fresh and dry herbs to create holistic oils for years and never had a problem with anyone ingesting the oil.....

    Lovely recipe! I always thought you first need to dry the herbs so as to reduce water content. This inceases the shelflife too. But your method is much quicker and fresher!

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    Your right, I have done both methods and the fresh way always turns out better in my opinion. The oil has a stronger smelling. When I use dried lavender it takes 4 to 6 weeks to set up.

    Great and simple recipe! Is there any reason you'd recommend grape seed oil in particular over olive oil?

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    Olive oil is very heavy and has a strong smell. The grapeseed oil is a better carrier oil to absorb the lavender smell.

    Thanks. My mom is an aromatherapist and has been making her own calendula oil for a while, but I'm just starting to dabble. Your cinnamon oil and this one are on my list to try!