Lavender Use

Choose Your Essential Oils Wisely

To find out if an essential oil has been "cut" with oils, place a few drops on a piece of paper or cotton fabric. If the stain disappears as it dries, you know you bought the real thing. If a greasy stain remains, the essential oil was altered. You'll be surprised by what is out there! Read the ingredient list, essential oils should be labeled “pure or 100% pure essential oil”, and know that quality oils are not cheap. 

Lavender Infused Oil

Bonjour!

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)

1 cup dried lavender flowers

2 cups oil of your choice

  • Sterilize the crock-pot, jar, strainer (if metal) and spoon by running them through the dishwasher’s sanitizing program or boiling them in hot water for 10 minutes or rubbing them with 90% alcohol. The cleaner your instruments, the longer your oil will keep.
  • Crush the lavender flowers to release their scent, place them in the crock-pot, cover them with oil (1” to 2” above the lavender), place the lid on then put the heat at the lowest setting and let simmer for 5 to 7 hours. Check every other hour and mix.
  • When done, turn the heat off and let the oil cool off, in the pot with the lid on.
  • When cooler, drain and store in the jar.
  • A few days later, the oil will settle down and you will see a deposit at the bottom of your jar, not to worry. You can either re- strain or let it go. The lavender infused oil will keep for many months if stored properly in a cool and dark area. Transfer what you need in a smaller, clean jar for every day usage, and never put your fingers in the larger one.
  • The scent of lavender will get stronger as the oil ages.

Lavender Fire Starter Bundles

 

Bonjour!

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.