Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to make lavender oil

Growing lavender in my garden was always on my bucket list (I bet it has something to do with my love of Tuscany). So now that I have four beautiful bushes in my side garden, I decided to put it to good use. I already showed you how to properly dry your lavender here and now it's time to learn how to make lavender oil. 

First I cut the lavender closer to the flowers.

Then I stuffed the flowers into a medium size mason jar and pour a good quality olive oil over, until all the flowers were covered.

I let it sit for a week by a window that gets hit for few hours in the morning by sunlight. I read that if you want it done faster, you can also boil it over in a safe pot. But this worked great!

After the week, I laid gauze over a larger glass jar (i double layered it), secured it with rubber band, and poured the oil through. 

This actually needed to be done only once because the gauze caught all the flower pieces right away. But if you find some pieces in your oil, repeat the last step.

Then take a dark glass bottle and pour the oil there. Keep refrigerated for up to six weeks or you can freeze part of it to last four to six months. 

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