Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is an herbaceous plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has a long history of use in herbalism, aromatherapy, and cosmetics. The flowers are used to make lavender oil, which has a sweet, floral scent and is used in perfumes, soaps, and lotions. The oil can also be used to relax muscles and relieve pain.
Lavender essential oil has a wide variety of uses, from easing anxiety and stress to promoting sleep and relaxation. The oil is also effective in treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. You can easily make lavender essential oil at home with just a few simple ingredients.
To make the oil, you will need:
1 cup of lavender buds
1 cup of carrier oil ( olive oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil)
32 ounces of distilled water
A quart-sized glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
Fill the glass jar with the lavender buds and pour in the carrier oil. Stir well to combine. Pour in the distilled water and screw on the lid tightly. Place the jar in a sunny spot (a windowsill is ideal) and let it sit for 4-6 weeks. Shake the jar every few days to help release the oils from the lavender buds into the water.
After 4-6 weeks, strain out the lavender buds using a cheesecloth or coffee filter placed over a bowl or funnel. Pour your finished essential oil into dark glass bottles for storage – be sure to label them so you know what they are! Lav.