Did you know that lavender oil was used to dress wounds during the first world war, because they were low on antiseptics? Lavender oil is not just for aromatherapy but for many healing purposes too. So, why not make your own lavender oil and enjoy its benefits.
Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used multipurpose oils, and one of my most favorite essential oils. Lavender oil can be added to the bathtub, some drops can be added to a pillow, or it can be used for massage. It has relaxing properties, and it can also be mixed with a carrier oil and used over burns and cuts, as it has an antibacterial action. Not only does it heal the skin, but it also helps in scar-free healing! Lavender also helps in sinus problems, and this oil can be inhaled deeply to reduce congestion. Lavender oil costs around USD 10, for a bottle of 30 ml. But, why spend so much money when you can make lavender oil at home.
How to Make Homemade Lavender Oil?
Companies use the steam distillation process to make lavender essential oil. This process is a type of distillation process used for natural aromatic materials, wherein steam or water is added to the aromatic compounds, so that their boiling points is depressed and they are allowed to evaporate at lower temperatures, because such compounds tend to decompose at high temperatures.
But, it is not possible to make lavender essential oil at home. However, the process of making infused lavender oil is fairly easy and can be done at home. In this process you just have to let the lavender herb soak in a carrier oil and then strain it. Carrier oil is a base oil, which is usually used to dilute pure essential oils.
Here are the things you require and the stepwise instructions you should follow.
Things you will need:
One big bottle of carrier oil
Bunch of lavender flowers
A small glass jar
Plastic cling film
Step #1: The process of making lavender oil from dried lavender plant is also possible, in case you don't have fresh lavender flowers. Take the twigs of lavender and run your fingers along the stem, to take out the flowers. Collect enough lavender flowers in this way, and then fill them up in the jar.
Step #2: Now take a carrier oil in a saucepan. The quantity of the oil should be enough to fill the
glass jar. Slightly warm this oil, and then pour it slowly in the jar, till it has nicely covered the jar. There are many choice of carrier oils. The most suitable is olive oil, as it can be used for skin care and massages too. My favorite choice is jojoba oil, as it a non-greasy oil which gets soaked by the skin easily. But jojoba oil is not a preferred massage oil, as it doesn't have the slippery effect. Another good choice for carrier oil is almond oil, as it is good for skin care and has a high amount of vitamin E in it.
Step #3: Take a piece of cling film, and wrap it around the opening of the jar. Secure the plastic cling film using a rubber band.
Step #4: Let this essential oil mixture steep for a month. Keep shaking the bottle lightly everyday, to let all the ingredients mix well. Store the bottle in a cool and dark place.
Step #5: After a month's period, take out the jar and strain the mixture and use a spoon to press the lavender flowers, to completely separate the precious oil from the flowers.
Step #6: Pour this oil in an amber colored glass bottle, and close it using a cap. There, you have it; your own homemade lavender oil.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab all the things you need, and use the above steps on making lavender oil, and enjoy all the benefits and uses of this aromatic oil!
By Pragya T