How to Make Lavender Oil

There’s nothing quite like the smell of lavender. This herb has so many amazing properties as well, and it’s probably one of the most used plants in our home. For that very reason, we grow as much as we can, for a variety of uses — including lavender oil.  It turns out that making lavender oil infusions (or most other herb infusions, now that I think about it) is ridiculously easy.

Today I harvested a bit to make some lavender oil. Now, this isn’t essential oil — you need a still for that (I’ll show you how to make one for essential oils in a future post!). But this is lavender-infused oil, and it’ll work for all manner of things. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Scented cotton balls for clothes drawers
  • For use in homemade sugar scrubs
  • Homemade bath oils
  • Luxurious homemade soaps
  • Wood cleaner base

There are plenty of uses you can come up with too, I’m sure. Before we can use lavender oil, however, we need to make it. So let’s get started!

You’ll need the following for a little batch:

  •  4 ounces of lavender flowers
  • Neutral oil (such as fractionated coconut oil)
  • Small, clean container with airtight lid
  • Cheesecloth for straining
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Dark glass bottle with a sealing cap or dropper
  • Funnel if needed

Once you have your lavender bunch, use a sharp scissors to cut the flowers off of the stem (or if you’ve already dried your lavender, just crumble the flowers into your container).

Pour in enough of the oil (I’ve used both fractionated coconut oil and almond oil) to cover the lavender.  If you’ve filled the container, make sure there’s at least an inch of room at the top.

Put the lid on and put the container in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Each day, check the oil level, as the lavender flowers will soak up a lot of it. Ensure that the flowers are still covered in oil, and add more if you need to. Put the lid back on and shake it a few times, then put it back into its dark place.

After about 3-4 days, strain your mixture, squeezing every last drop of oil out of the cheesecloth, and then add more lavender flowers to the container. (And more oil to cover them).  You can do this as many times as you need to in order to get the fragrance you want. I usually do it 3 times.

After you’ve gotten the scent to the desired strength and it’s all been sitting long enough, use a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth one final time to strain the flowers out of your oil. Use a funnel or container with a pour spout to get the finished oil into a dark glass bottle (such as these over at Ebay), and put the dropper cap on. Make sure you label your oil with the herb and the date you finished it. Store in a place that’s not too hot or cold, but is definitely out of the sun (like a cabinet in your bathroom).

That’s it! Pretty easy, isn’t it? A lot of these infusions and herbal concoctions can take a while to make, but it’s all ‘sitting time’ as opposed to ‘working time,’ which means you can have any number of these going at once. I’m always making some kind of tincture, oil, salve, or something. You will too, once you get used to it.

Did you make some? Let us know in the comments how it turned out!