How to Make Lavender Herbal Oil


Lavender is in full bloom right now. This is the time to harvest lavender and to make products with lavender. Lavender calms, soothes and relaxes muscles and at the same time is uplifting. Lavender is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antiseptic.

The free eBook, Lavender: Varieties to Grow and Use in Skin Care Products by Joan Morais is in the current e-newsletter Aromatherapy Edition.

Check your area for any lavender festivals. They are happening now and are a lot of fun.

How to Make Lavender Herbal Oil
Lavender herbal oil can be used as a body oil, facial oil, on the ends of the hair and a few drops massaged into the scalp.

you will need:
~Dried Lavender Flowers (organic if possible)
~Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower oil or Jojoba oil (organic if possible)
~Glass Jar

Dried lavender is available at farmers markets, lavender festivals and  If you purchase the lavender on the stem, hold the flower buds over a bowl and slide them off the stem into the bowl. Save the dried stems for your fireplace to help start the fire and to add a lavender scent.Directions to Make Lavender Oil
1. Crush lavender flowers (a mortar and pestle works great for this). Crushing the lavender flowers exposes more herb to the oil. The lavender buds don’t have to be crushed and can be used whole.
2. Fill glass jar with lavender to about 3/4 full.
3. Cover the lavender with extra virgin olive oil or other oils suggested; make sure all lavender is covered with oil. Close lid tightly.
4. Store jar in a cool and dry place for four weeks. The first few days, open lid and make sure lavender is completely covered with oil.
5. Now strain the lavender out of the oil. Place an unbleached coffee filter or a piece of muslin in a funnel over a clean jar.
6. Label and date. You now have a luxurious lavender herbal oil with a beautiful lavender scent.

Uses for Lavender Oil

~Bath Oil: add 2-3 teaspoons of lavender herbal oil to the bath water to moisturize the skin, help relieve stress and to bring you back into balance and harmony.
~Body Oil: since the skin is the largest organ of our body the herbal properties of lavender oil are absorbed through the skin helping to moisturize, balance and protect the skin.
~Product Making: use the lavender oil in your handmade lotion, cream, body butter, cold process soap, etc.

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  • You are right about the strong scent with extra virgin olive oil. You can use olive oil. I like extra virgin olive oil as it is the first pressing of the olives and it contains the most beneficial constituents still intact in it.

  • My sister is disabled and can't speak and we often give her facial massages with lavender oil and it seems to relax her. I'm thinking it is one of her favorite things.

    Thank you for sharing how to make the lavender oil from the herb :)

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