Homemade Lavender Oil Recipe
Making your own healing, nourishing, anxiety-soothing lavender oil is easy to do! It is also a very affordable option compared to so many other natural skincare products available. Use lavender oil to soothe rashes, sunburn, swelling, eczema, acne, stings, wounds, burns, scrapes, chicken pox, razor burn, and more. It can be used straight on its own as a face or body moisturizer, as an ingredient in other homemade skincare products like salves or creams, or even as a marinade - as long as an edible carrier oil is used!
- Dried lavender flowers or buds, homegrown or organic if possible
- Carrier oil of choice. Select a high-quality, unrefined, cold-pressed, and organic oils for the most healthy and healing calendula oil. Popular options for natural skincare include jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and more! **Choose an amount that matches your infusion container.
- 1 glass container for infusing, such as a half-pint or pint jar
- optional: lavender essential oils
Obtain dried lavender flowers. It is important to start with 100% dry flowers.
Fill a clean glass container about ¾ full of dried lavender buds.
Pour your choice of oil over the dried lavender flowers, until the container is full and/or until the flowers are completely submerged.
Place a lid on the container, and store it in a sunny, warm location to enhance infusion. A bright windowsill is a popular choice! Allow the oil and flowers to infuse for at least one week, up to several weeks. Shake/turn the jar on occasion to keep the floating flowers coated with oil.
When the time is up, strain the flowers from the oil. Line a fine-mesh strainer or canning funnel with cheesecloth (or use a reusable nutmilk bag), place it over a clean glass container, and then pour the oil and flowers in to drain. Squeeze the cheesecloth sack of flowers to extract every last bit of oil!
Optional: Add lavender essential oils for little extra oomph of aroma. The commonly recommended safe dilution ratio for essential oils is about 2%, or 12 drops of EOs per fluid ounce of carrier oil. Yet since the oil was already infused with whole lavender flowers, you can use far less here - whatever suits your sniffer!
Store the finished lavender oil in a cool, dry location. It can also be stored in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. Read the information on your carrier oil bottle to determine the recommended shelf life of your lavender oil.
Enjoy! Use your lavender oil as a daily facial moisturizer (only a few drops needed), as a massage or body oil, as part of your oil cleansing method, an ingredient in other homemade skincare recipes such as salve or soap, to condition hair, as a makeup remover, as marinade or in baked goods (if an edible oil was used), in homemade cleaning products, or give it as a gift!