Lavender Body Oil is a relaxing elixir that is simple to make on your own!
Lavender is an easy-to-grow plant with many positive rewards. The vibrant purple lavender flowers, or better known as lavender buds, may be used for a variety of purposes.
The lavender plant itself offers beauty, height, color, and an intoxicating aroma; aesthetics pleasing to any garden. The lavender plant is also known as an annual botanical therefore, you get a beautiful repeating performance year after year.
The benefits of essential oils range from brighting a room with aromatherapy to relaxing the body and soul.
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. This makes lavender body oil perfect to apply before bedtime!
At Chesterhaven Beach Farm harvesting lavender is part of our to-do list each year.
Lavender: the gift that keeps on giving
One of my favorite things to-do is to make homemade products for my friends and family. Since lander oil is so versatile, it is the perfect little gift. It is both thoughtful and easy to make on your own. I am constantly being asked, how to make lavender oil; below is a simple recipe to make lavender oil on your own!
To make Lavender Body Oil You will need:
- A sanitized and bone-dry quart-size glass jar (mason jar works)
- Two sanitized and bone-dry 8-ounce glass jars for storage
- Sanitized measuring cups
- Measuring spoon
- Cheesecloth or muslin
- Carrier oil of your choice
- Dried lavender buds
- 70% Alcohol
If you decide to try this project, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
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.
Lavender Body Oil Recipe
- 2 c dried lavender flowers (if using frozen, thaw and dry completely first)
- 16 oz sunflower oil (you may also use sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, or any carrier oil you prefer)
- 8 vitamin E capsules
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 jar is completely dry before use.
Fill glass jar with dried and crushed lavender buds
Add sunflower oil (or other carrier oil) and cover buds completely.
Pierce vitamin E capsules with fork tine or paring knife and empty liquid contents of capsules into the jar. Stir well with stainless-steel spoon.
Top off 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 be sure to gently shake your jar every day.
Note: If you prefer not to wait 4 to 6 weeks, you can heat the lavender bud and oil mixture in a double boiler to 100 to 120 degrees. Excessive heat will make the oil unstable and the shelf life will be limited. Use a thermometer to make sure temperature of the oil mixture does not go above 120 degrees.
To finish your lavender oil, first strain it by lining a funnel with muslin or cheesecloth. Then insert the funnel into the mouth of your sanitized 8-ounce jars. Pour the oil mixture in and discard the buds. If using the “quick method,” wait for mixture to cool before straining and storing.
Shelf life is between 1 and 2 years, depending on the carrier oil used.