Almost everyone (who isn't crazy) loves Lavender, but the effect of its natural oil on the senses is often overlooked due to the popularity of its scent.
In fact, Lavender is a gentle sleep aid, helping to ease tension and stress. When I am stressed and overwhelmed, I have been known to step into the garden, pluck a lavender flower, and rub it on my wrists and neck to calm myself down.
I also keep a bottle of Lavender infused oil next to my bed to rub into my temples and the soles of my feet when sleep is elusive.
When I have the chance for a hot bath (preferably with candles and a glass of wine), I add Lavender oil to the water for a calming retreat.
Lavender essential oil is gentle enough to use without dilution, but I prefer to make my own infused lavender oil, which is less expensive. Plus, I have control over the creation process.
Make Your Own Lavender Oil
1. Combine 200mL of carrier oil (I like to use Apricot Kernel Oil or Sweet Almond Oil) in a double boiler with 4 Tbsp of dried Lavender flowers.
2. Gently heat the oil and herb mix on low heat for at least 1 hour. You don't have to watch the pot, just make sure the heat is low enough that the flowers don't fry.
3. Remove from the heat and allow the oil to cool. Strain the oil through a cheesecloth to remove the spent flowers, which can be composted. You can repeat steps 1-3 with new flowers for a more concentrated oil.
4. Decant your cooled Lavender-infused oil into bottles, and clearly label with contents and date. As long as no water got into your oil, it should last for about 6 months without refrigeration. Store out of direct sunlight and heat.
Voila! In an afternoon you've made a 100% natural sleep aid and tension reliever.
|Organic Dried Lavender Flower $15 AUD (10g)||Apricot Kernel Oil $10 AUD (100mL)||100mL Amber Glass Dropper Bottle $4.00|
Enjoy making and using your Lavender Oil. I know I always do!