How to Make Lavender Body Oil

How to Make Lavender Body Oil

Lavender Body Oil is a relaxing elixir that’s simple to make. Growing Lavender is easy and offers many positive rewards. The lavender plant offers beauty, height, color, and an intoxicating aroma that is aesthetically pleasing in any garden. The vibrant purple lavender flowers, better known as spikes and buds, may be used in various ways, from brightening a room with a natural outdoor fragrance to providing aromatherapy that relaxes the mind, body, and soul. The lavender plant is an annual botanical. Therefore, you get beautiful repeating performance year after year. At Chesterhaven Beach Farm, harvesting lavender is part of our to-do list each year.

There are so many benefits to using Lavender Oil on the skin.

Lavender is known for its soothing, relaxing, and therapeutic properties. The benefits of lavender oil include soothing sore and achy muscles, relaxing irritated skin (like sunburns and minor burns), and providing moisture to dry, cracked skin. The lavender fragrance provides a calming atmosphere to any room. The best time to use this oil is before bed, on you, your child, your life partner, or your pet to relax and prepare for a beautiful night of sleep. The best results come when your skin is moist, to begin with, as in right-out-of-the-shower-wet.

Baby sleeping after lavender body oil massage

It’s always best to set the intention to sleep before bedtime.

  • Turn off all electronics.
  • Take a nice bath or shower to wash the day away.
  • Prepare a nice cup of warm Good Night Tea with a dollop of Spring Honey.

Lavender is also a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent when used topically; research is ongoing into using lavender essential oil for pharmaceutical purposes.

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The gift that keeps on giving

One of my favorite things is making homemade products for my friends and family. Since lavender oil is so versatile, it is the perfect little gift. It is both thoughtful and easy to make on your own. I am often asked how to make lavender oil; below is a simple recipe to make lavender oil on your own! An essential thing to mention, if you have never made body oil before now, learn about safety in preparing infused oils first.

lavender body oil on slab of pink salt with other raw ingredients

To make Lavender Body Oil, You will need the following:

  • A sanitized and bone-dry quart-size glass jar (a mason jar works)
  • Two sanitized and bone-dry 8-ounce glass jars for storage
  • Sanitized measuring cups
  • Measuring spoon
  • Cheesecloth or muslin
  • Funnel
  • Carrier oil of your choice
  • Dried lavender buds
  • 70% Alcohol
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How to Make Lavender Body Oil

  • Thoroughly sanitize your work area with 70% isopropyl alcohol, including your work surface and all utensils you will use for this project.
  • Lightly crush dried lavender buds with a mortar and pestle.
  • Sanitize a quart-size glass jar in a dishwasher or use a stove-top method. Make sure the jar is completely dry before use.
  • Fill a glass jar with dried and crushed lavender buds.
  • Add sunflower oil (or other carrier oil) and cover the buds completely.
  • Pierce vitamin E capsules with fork tine or paring knife. Empty the liquid contents of the pills into the jar. Stir well with a stainless-steel spoon.
  • Top off the mixture with more carrier oil to prevent air from remaining in the jar, and seal with a lid.
  • Store in a warm dark location for 4 to 6 weeks, and gently shake your jar daily.
  • Note: If you prefer not to wait 4 to 6 weeks, heat the lavender bud and oil mixture in a double boiler to 100 to 120 degrees. A thermometer ensures the oil mixture temperature does not exceed 120 degrees. Excessive heat will make the oil unstable, and the shelf life will be limited.
  • Strain the oil by lining a funnel with muslin or cheesecloth; insert the funnel into the mouth of sanitized jars. Pour the oil mixture in and discard the buds. If using the “quick method,” wait for the mixture to cool before straining and storing.
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The shelf life of this Lavender Oil is between 1-2 years provided:

  1. The carrier oil used typically has a long shelf life
  2. The carrier oil is fresh and has not been sitting on the shelf for several years
  3. Your work environment is clean
  4. Stay between 100-120 degrees when heating the oil, as instructed.

If you don’t like DIY projects, that’s ok; we understand. Try our Lavender Baby Oil! Our Lavender Baby Oil is 90% organic and contains Bulgarian Lavender. The lavender oil comes with a booklet you can follow to give your baby (young or old) a loving massage with the oil.