Lavender Oil Recipe
- 1-1/2 to 2 Cups Lavender buds or flowers
- 1-1/2 Cups Olive Oil
- 7 Capsules Vitamin E (Pierced and drained, 400 IUs or adjust quantity)
- Jar with a tight fitting lid (about a two cup capacity, sterilized)
- Non-reactive pot (glass, ceramic or stainless steel)
- Non-reactive bowl
- Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
- Coffee filter
Directions for Making Lavender Oil
Heat olive oil till it starts to bubble at the edge of the pot.
Add lavender and simmer for half an hour on low.
Cool to room temperature
Strain in batches through a large strainer and then through a coffee filter.
Pierce vitamin capsules and add vitamin E oil to the mixture.
Pour into a decorative, sterilized jar.
The mixture will become cloudy when it's cold but clear up again as it reaches room temperature. It should last about six weeks in the refrigerator. You can also freeze a portion for later use. Frozen lavender oil will stay fragrant for four to six months.
Uses For Lavender Oil
You can use the oil as a moisturizer, mild antibacterial, bath oil, or dry hair treatment. You'll smell great with a touch of the oil at your pulse points, and it will last longer than many water-based colognes.
If you have potpourri around the house, decorative herb wreaths, lavender wands or other decorative lavender crafts, you can refresh them with lavender fragrance by applying a drop or two of oil.
Special Notes on Using Lavender Oil:
Lavender Essential oil is distilled and very concentrated. This mixture is not an essential oil. It's less strong, but has a good fragrance and can be applied directly to the skin.
Don't use lavender that has been treated with pesticides.
Lavender can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you experience a rash, sore throat, or nausea, discontinue use. If you are having trouble breathing after using a lavender infused product or homemade concoction, seek medical help immediately.