It is really easy, and cost effective to make your own infused lavender oil. I use it after a good shower, for a massage, as a hair beauty mask, as a bug repellent, for cooking or to make lip balms and salves… When the oil goes rancid, as any oil will, I polish my wood furniture with it!
Choose the oil based on what you want to do with it. Organic, cold pressed, olive oil is thicker with a stronger scent and great for a massage. Organic sweet almond oil (my favorite) is thinner with a gentle scent but doesn’t keep as long. Any oil will work; all have specific therapeutic benefits, especially when combine with lavender. Do your research to learn more about it.
Choose the dried lavender flowers based on your scent preferences; pungent like a lavendin (‘Provence’ or ‘Grosso’) or gentler like English lavender. Whatever you choose, make sure it is grown following organic methods, you don't want to baste yourself with chemicals. I prefer lavender ‘Grosso’ for a stronger aroma.
The recipe below is called the “hot method” because it uses a crock-pot, which works much faster than the “cold method”, which lets the heat of the sun do the job... in a few weeks.
You will need:
A crock-pot with different heat settings, you’ll want to use the lowest setting. Temperature should be between 100-130 F, use a thermometer if you are not sure.
A fine mesh strainer or a coffee filter (organic if possible)
A large spoon
A jar to store the infused oil (amber or blue glass is ideal)
2 cups oil of your choice
Lavender plants are very generous. Each part of the plant has a use; each part contains volatile oil that can be captured in many different ways for our enjoyment.
Once the lavender buds have been removed, we are left with stems that have many use around the house. Whether you are starting a fire in a fireplace or a woodstove with a bundle, throwing it on the embers to scent a room or placing a few twigs on barbecue coals to infuse meat or fish with a delicious flavor, you’ll find that the aroma of lavender stems grows on you.
In store: lavender bundles
A note of caution: Look for lavender grown following organic methods. Do not ingest lavender that came from a garden center, florist, nursery or craft store that could have been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides.