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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    JodyL19

    1 year ago

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

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    Jennprice33bcolautto

    Reply 3 years ago

    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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    Jennprice33jjdebenedictis

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    Sunglowart

    3 years ago

    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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    Jennprice33Sunglowart

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    Jennprice33ashleyjlong

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    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!