How to make lavender-infused oil for use in perfume, as a massage oil, to soothe bug bites, sunburns, eczema, stings, rashes, scars, to remove makeup, and more. Lavender oil can benefit the skin in numerous ways. It has the ability to help with acne, even skin tone, and reduce wrinkles. It can even be used to treat other ailments, such as improving hair health and digestion.
It has been a dream of mine for many years now to grow my own herbs and flowers to make homemade essential oils with.
But, as I don’t have any of the distilling equipment needed to make essential oils with at home (yet), the next best thing was to make herb-infused oils.
Lavender-infused oil is made by steeping dried lavender buds in a carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil, rosehip oil, or jojoba oil for 4-6 weeks. Whole dry flower heads or just the petals can be used, but it is important that they’re completely dry before they are placed in the oil to steep. While fresh flowers can technically be used to create lavender oil, this increases the risk for bacterial growth or for the oil to become rancid due to the moisture content in the fresh flowers. Therefore, I prefer to use dried flowers.
However, if you want to capture the lavender fragrance and create more of a scented infused oil, fresh buds are more aromatic as the fragrance fades with the drying process.
While the flowers are steeping, the natural active resins within the lavender buds are extracted and drawn into the oil, making it a concentrated oil full of the herb’s healing properties. Herb-infused oils are a more gentle version of the therapeutic properties found in essential oils, as they come in a more diluted form.
The finished lavender oil can either be used on its own, or used as an ingredient to create other products like natural salves, ointments, or creams. Depending on the type of oil you choose to infuse the lavender buds with, this will likely dictate the uses for your finished lavender oil. For example, some oils are inedible, while others may not be great for skin.
Uses for Lavender-Infused Oil
Some wonderful uses for lavender oil:
- In a facial moisturiser. Lavender can help remedy skin issues like acne. A little goes a long way, a few drops is all you need.
- Mixed in with the oil you use for oil cleansing.
- As a general moisturiser for your body, as well as your face. Use as a massage oil, to soothe bug bites, sunburns, eczema, stings, rashes, scars, as a natural perfume, to remove makeup and more. Avoid contact with sensitive areas around your eyes.
- An ingredient in homemade body care products. Lavender oil can be used as a base ingredient for body butter, cream, balm, salve, ointment, soap, and more!
- As a hair serum to nourish hair, moisturise your scalp, and encourage hair growth.
- An ingredient in homemade cleaning products. Incorporate a tablespoon or two of the lavender-infused oil into your homemade cleaning sprays.
How to Make Lavender Essential Oil
Steam distilling is required to make “true” essential oils. You need to distil the lavender buds, capture the steam, and condense the steam into a liquid, where the essential oil is separated from the plant and floats to the top of the water, and the floral water sits underneath. This process requires specific equipment and a huge amount of lavender flowers to produce a tiny amount of essential oil, which is why most people will buy the essential oil already made, rather than making it at home. If you choose to go down the distillery route, it may be a good idea to go with tin-coated copper, since pure copper may be reactive with various botanicals.
For those of us whose kitchens aren’t filled with distilling equipment, herb-infused oils are as close as we can get. Keep in mind that this oil will be less concentrated than true lavender essential oil.
So, without further ado, here is how to make lavender-infused oil from fresh lavender buds.
Harvesting the Lavender
I planted our lavender bush earlier this year, and it’s grown exceptionally well.
To harvest the blooms, cut the lavender flowers off the plant, tie them into a bunch and hang them upside-down to dry in a dark dry place for four weeks, or until completely dry. They take anywhere between 2-4 weeks to fully dry. The lavender flowers will feel brittle once they’re ready.
Drying the Lavender
Using two rubber bands per dried lavender bunch, tie one band just beneath the flower heads and one at the base of stems, then hang the bundles upside-down to dry in a dark, warm spot. To retain the best colour, protect the drying lavender from sunlight, and place a sheet beneath the bundles to catch any buds or blooms that might fall.
Homemade Lavender-Infused Oil for Skin
This easy DIY lavender oil can help to soothe irritated skin, sunburns, bug bites, sunburns, eczema, stings, rashes, scars, and moisturise the skin, making it a great natural makeup remover.
Over the course of several weeks, the carrier oil extracts the natural plant properties found in the lavender, including traces of lavender essential oil. Lavender-infused oil, therefore, carries the medicinal benefits of lavender as well as its scent.
- Whether you decide to use dried or fresh lavender, chop it into smaller pieces and away cut the stems. Smaller pieces make for a better extraction.
- Fill a clean glass jar with the lavender, then pour over the olive oil or other carrier oil of your choice so all flower material is completely covered.
- Use a spoon to mix the flowers through the oil, making sure that all pieces of lavender are coated and covered with the oil and any air bubbles are gone.
- Secure the lid tightly, then place the jar in the dark warm spot, with no direct sunlight to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking it once or twice daily to help the oil infuse with the flowers.
- After four to six weeks, strain the oil through some cheesecloth or a nut milk bag, and pour the oil into a clean dark glass bottle for storage, and keep it in a cool, dark place. This lavender oil will have a mild aroma to it. It will never be as strong as true essential oils. To give the oil extra fragrance, add a few drops of your favourite organic lavender essential oil.
Lavender-infused oil recipe
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.
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