How to Make Lavender Oil At Home
This hub is about Lavender oil. It includes steps in making lavender oil at home, some of the uses of lavender oil and many more.
Beliefs on Health and Wellness
We can say that herbs and plants are indeed nature’s gifts to humanity. As we use them for medicinal and commercial purposes, we also know that a lot of healthy benefits come along with these herbs and plants. Combining a healthy lifestyle, balanced dietary pattern, and a touch of these herbal magic, we can have a magnified overall wellness we all need.
By virtue of natural healing, we are told that our body is able to heal itself if inflicted with illness, even those considered without cure. We are also nurtured by the knowledge that holistic healing and health, which basically is based on the fact that the body is composed of organs that are interrelated and functioning as a whole, is often able to heal beyond human’s understanding. Therefore, it is just but fair to say that it can be beneficial to do basic health steps and methods, despite how remote or unrelated it can be to a certain health condition.
The Lavender Plant
First off, the Lavender herb is naturally composed of sweet and pungent oil. Though, it is said that the Lavender flower contains the essential oil that is the main source and is distilled to be utilized in potpourris, bath products like soaps and toiletries, oils and others.
Lavender Essential Oil Uses
· Being a medicinal essential oil, Lavender oil can be used externally for these purposes: tonics for aromatherapy or inhalation therapy for nervous illnesses, fatigue and stress relief.
· Lavender essential oil is used as skin diseases antidote by herbal or alternative medicine practitioners. Skin problems they address with Lavender oil can include: acne, eczema, wounds, fungal infections and many more.
· Additionally, lavender oil can be added to warm baths that are recommended to patients with circulation health problems like those people diagnosed and suffering from rheumatic and arthritic problems.
Interesting Facts about Lavender Oil
They say England produces the best kinds of Lavender oils, as they cultivate the best Lavender flowers. But then, some say that South France is the best growers of Lavender flowers that can make up the highest quality lavender oils.
But truth be told, the best Lavender oil can come from the fully blossomed Lavender flowers, and also from the Lavender buds. Like wine, Lavender oil quality can vary from season to season. The factors that affect the quality of Lavender oil production include: soil quality, plant’s age, and weather condition that occurred during the cultivation of the Lavender plant.
The Making of Lavender Oil
To produce Lavender oil, there are mainly 2 processes done. First off, a distillation is done. As the term suggests, the Lavender flower is distilled then used for cosmetics or perfumes. Then, the second process is by which called producing Lavender water. This is done by using Lavender oil for soaps and toiletries, by mixing the oil with alcohol and other additive chemicals. In the general scope, Lavender growers are not recommended to distill their own plants or flowers. This is because huge quantities of Lavender flowers are needed to produce a minute amount of this herbal oil.
This next section will tackle in making Lavender oil at home with simple details and steps by making use of almond and olive oil with high quality.
How to Make Lavender Oil At Home
What to Prepare:
- Lavender plant, with stems, leaves and flowers
- High quality almond or olive oil
- 2 pieces clear jar, clean and with cover
- First thing to do is to fill an empty, clean and clear jar with Lavender stems or branches that still has leaves and flowers. Before placing them inside the jar, crush them slightly. This is to help induce the release of oil.
- Pour high quality Olive or Almond oil over the top. Allow the mixture to steep for one month.
- For a month, the jar should be shaken at least once daily. This will ensure thorough mixture of all the ingredients.
- After one month, the mixture is strained using a strainer and the oil is poured over another clean jar. Make sure the jar where the oil is placed can be covered well.
- Using this method to make Lavender oil, one can readily make his own mixture within the confines’ of his home. Distillation process can be omitted.
- The lavender oil can be used as massage oil, aromatherapy scent and ingredient to other Lavender products.