Solar-infused Oil: Lavender

This simple DIY creates an amazing oil which is great for dry skin, helps fight bacteria and promotes healing in cuts and bruises. It also makes a great base for salves, lotions, soaps, body creams, etc.

Lavender is not only amazing for the body, but for the mind as well. When I was doing a little research, I found that lavender aromatherapy can decrease the symptoms of menopause. It can be a potential treatment/prevention of insulin resistance and inflammation in those with diabetes type II and cardiovascular diseases. AND it was found to improve sleep quality in postpartum as well as pregnant women.

My favorite way to make infused oils is by using the sun. And it’s soooo easy that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this all along.

Materials Needed

  • Mason Jar (I used this size)
  • Carrier Oil (for mine, I like to use organic Olive Oil and Coconut Oil)
  • Dried Lavender (I picked and dried mine from around my neighborhood however Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to get them)
  • Sieve, Strainer or Cheesecloth (here’s a wonderful set of strainers)

Instructions

Fill the jar up with dried Lavender Flowers, leaving about 1″-1.5″ of room at the top.

Pour in Olive Oil until the flowers are covered.

Add a dollop or two of Coconut Oil.

Close the jar and leave on a sunny spot in the windowsill for 2-6 weeks. If you’d like, you can give it some extra attention and give it a shake everyday or so. But if you forget, don’t worry. It always seems to work out even if I only remember to shake it one day in the weeks it’s been sitting out.

Now it’s time to strain the lavender flowers from the oil. Grab a bowl and pour the concoction into the strainer, sieve or cheesecloth. I like to use a spoon to squeeze the excess oil out of the lavender. Dispose of the lavender.

And just like that, you have your Lavender-Infused Oil!

Stay tuned for a salve and lip balm recipe using this oil as a base!