If you love the calming perfume of lavender you’ll surely love this recipe which shows you how to make your own fresh lavender infused oil…
As you can notice from the title of this blog post, it’s FRESH lavender and not dried lavender flowers…well, the infusion method for the fresh lavender is a slightly bit different and the infused oil you’ll obtain, will have a perfume a lot more powerful & balsamic as the scent of the fresh lavender flowers is much more complex & balsamic, with a pleasing aroma which will be transferred to the extraction oil.
Last year I shared with you how you may obtain herbal infused oils, specifically using dried lavender flowers or lavender-calendula-chamomile dried flowers and I also made a short introduction to the the fascinating universe of herbs infused oils and the various methods of extracting the active fat soluble principles of the plants as well as their perfume. Therefore, if you can’t get fresh lavender flowers, don’t despair, you’ll still be able to obtain a lovely scented infused oil.
Check out the video tutorial:
or the blog post I made last year on how to make a lavender vanilla infused oil using coconut oil to finally make a 100% natural solid perfume. I love how nature offers us lots of natural alternatives, we just have to acknowledge them…instead of just using chemical fragrances.
But to see the tips I give you on picking up fresh lavender flowers & the wonderful surrounding I am immensely lucky to live in 😉 I invite you to check out the below video-tutorial:
The best time to pick lavender is mid-morning, after the dew has had time to evaporate. The ideal would be to pick when most of the buds are fully opened. Remember to not pick all of the fresh flowers and to leave some for the bees too..you’ll see that there’s quite some busy activity around your fresh lavender bushes 😀
If you’d like to dry part of your fresh lavender for later use, the classic method is to tie lavender in a bunch and hang it upside down to dry. Otherwise you may spread the lavender bundles on white towels in an area, away from direct sun rays where there is plenty of air circulation. Leave it there for some good weeks and just make sure it is 100% dry before storing it in mason jars.
The tip of using sea salt to absorb the water the fresh plant may release while being is an antique method working great & avoiding the oil to go rancid. Salt won’t contaminate your oil as it won’t melt: it is hydrosoluble. Once you add it as I show you in my above video-tutorial just cover the jar in aluminum foil and place it in a dark fresh place for 30-40 days to allow the infusion to take place, shaking occasionally, as often as you remember to.
When the infusion period is complete, strain out the used up flowers (don’t throw them away, I’ll show you in my next tutorial how to make the best use of them) and store the oil in a labeled jar with a tight lid. I store all of my herbs and oils in a cool, dark place to prolong their shelf life.
You may use any vegetable oil you may have at hand or love…just make sure that it is not an oil that goes rancid easily. You may use coconut oil or as well, rice oil which is a great oil to be used in skin care recipes…But on how to best use this soothing, healing fresh lavender infused oil, I’ll meet you right here, on my blog, in about 40 days so that you may have time to make your own fresh lavender infused oil 😉
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