How to Make Lavender Water (with Fresh or Dried Lavender)

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How to make homemade DIY Lavender Water using organic fresh or dried lavender buds. This lavender hydrosol can be used in drinks, for skin, in beauty products and more!

I had some dried lavender buds leftover from when I made vegan Lavender Honey Ice-Cream last year.

They’d been sitting in my pantry for months, and after contemplating what to do with them I settled on the idea of making some DIY lavender hydrosol.

I have made rose hydrosol in the past, which was actually the inspiration for this lavender water recipe, as I’d just finished up my last bottle of rose water earlier that week, and needed a new hydrosol for my skincare routine.

Lavender water (a.k.a lavender hydrosol), is a botanical water made by distilling lavender flowers. This water is colourless and has a much softer scent than that of lavender essential oil.

Hydrosols share similar beneficial properties to those of essential oils, just in a less concentrated form.

lavender water
lavender water

Uses for Lavender Water

Lavender water has a myriad of uses, some of which include:

  • As a Natural Perfume: Adding a touch of lavender water to the pulse points around your body can leave you with a subtle hint of fresh lavender fragrance that is so much cleaner and healthier for your body than store-bought, chemical-filled fragrances and perfumes. If you wanted to go a step further, you can even make your own perfume oil at home.
  • As an Air Freshener: Most commercial air fresheners contain harmful ingredients in addition to synthetic fragrances. Using an all-natural lavender hydrosol can help to deodorise and freshen up any room in your home, car or workspace, with the added benefit of being an antiviral and antibacterial. Spritz the lavender spray around your room, on your bedding, or add it to your humidifier water to evenly distribute the lavender scent around your home.
  • As a Toner: Lavender is a natural antimicrobial, antibacterial, and astringent which makes it the perfect natural skin toner for use after cleansing. Add a few drops to a makeup wipe and gently rub it over cleansed skin to remove any remaining traces of build-up and help tone your skin.
  • As Distilled Water for Ironing: Distilled water is usually recommended for ironing as most tap water contains hard minerals that can build up on your iron overtime, preventing steam from escaping and resulting in an iron that no longer functions properly. Lavender hydrosol is a great distilled water alternative as it contains no hard minerals and gives clothes a subtle lavender scent after ironing.
  • As an Aftershave: Many aftershaves and perfumes contain solvents like Benzyl acetate and ethyl acetate. Instead, using lavender water can help refresh and tone skin in a much gentler way.
  • As an After Sun Spray: Aside from making your own homemade after sun spray using a range of different ingredients, applying some lavender water that’s been cooled in the fridge can help soothe and cool down sunburnt skin naturally.
  • Added to a Bath for Aromatherapy Benefits: While essential oils are most recommended for aromatherapy benefits, hydrosols can be effective, too, and give a lovely aroma to bath water. Lavender hydrosol also has wonderful benefits for skin.
  • As a Hair Rinse: After washing your hair, following up with a rinse of lavender water can be beneficial as it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. This can help in keeping your hair clean, shiny, and healthy. Plus, it will leave hair smelling faintly of lavender which is an added bonus! If dandruff is an issue for you, adding a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil to the rinse, and massaging that across the scalp can help with symptoms.
  • For Cleaning: To avoid the harsh chemicals often found in cleaning agents, switch to using natural cleaning products like lavender hydrosol. It can be used on windows, floors, sinks and countertops, adding a fresh lavender fragrance to your home while cleaning at the same time!
  • For Dog care: When used externally, lavender water can used to keep your pet’s coat clean, assist in disinfecting and healing wounds, and wash infected areas. Just make sure your pet is not allergic to lavender by testing a tiny amount of the hydrosol on their skin before use.

Before we get started in learning how to make this homemade organic lavender hydrosol – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

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lavender water
lavender water

Homemade Organic Lavender Water

When making a flower water (or hydrosol), it’s ideal to use fresh flowers from the garden or those purchased from a local organic farmer that you know hasn’t sprayed any chemicals. The best hydrosols are made with flowers that are in season, which is when they’re most fragrant. However, you can make lavender water using dried petals, too, and the process is just the same.

I use these dried organic lavender buds, as they’re really affordable and high quality.

Makes approx. 100ml (on average)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried lavender buds or 2 cups fresh lavender buds
  • Water, enough to cover the lavender buds in the saucepan
  • Ice cubes

To make:

  1. Rinse the fresh lavender under running cold water. Skip this step if using dried lavender.
  2. Place a heat-resistant bowl or glass jar in the centre of a large saucepan. The jar acts as a container to catch the condensing steam that will become the lavender water.
  3. Arrange the lavender buds around the jar, then fill the pot with water, just enough to cover the buds.
  4. Cover the saucepan with an inverted lid (the lid should be placed upside down). Ensure the lid fully seals the pan so the steam cannot escape. Bring the water to a mild simmer over medium heat, and once it begins to boil, place a few ice cubes on top of the saucepan lid. The ice will cool the steam so that it condensates and collects in the jar below. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the water is mostly gone. Continue to add more ice cubes to the top of the lid throughout the simmering process. As soon as you notice the ice has melted, add more ice cubes.
  5. Use kitchen tongs or oven mitts to carefully remove the jar from the pan and place it on a kitchen towel to cool. The leftover buds can be composted, and the water (once cooled) can be poured over the garden.
  6. Once the jar has cooled completely, transfer the lavender water into a glass bottle for storage. Store in a cool, dry place.
lavender water
lavender water
lavender water

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. 

What do you use flower hydrosols for? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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