Flower power: How to make your own lavender oil
Beyond smelling great, lavender oil can be used as a form of alternative medicine thanks to its antiviral and antibacterial qualities. It is a useful component for your skin health and calms you down when you inhale its aroma. It's not unusual to find lavender oil in cleaning products such as detergent and soap. If you're feeling particularly crafty, why not prepare your own bottle of lavender oil? All you'll need is a little patience and a few ingredients.
Step 1: Procure fresh lavender
You need fresh — not dry — lavender to begin making your lavender oil. Skip over to a green nursery to pick up a bunch. They are not cheap flowers to procure in Singapore, but it'll yield a jar of oil that lasts for a considerable amount of time.
Step 2: Prepare the lavender
Clip the lavender blossoms into smaller bits. Don't throw the stems away. Instead, fold them so that they'll fit nicely into the jar. Next, pull the petals off the stems and drop them into the jar. Take care not to pack everything in too tightly. There should be some room for the lavender to move around freely.
Step 3: Fill the jar with olive oil
Pour 100% pure extra virgin olive oil into your jar until it is completely full. Secure the lid and ensure there are no pockets between the stopper and the olive oil. If you fail to do so, the mixture will begin to oxidise.
Step 4: Let the oil sit
All you have to do now is leave the covered jar to sit for a minimum of one month. If possible, let it sit in front of a window in direct sunshine. You will need to shake it a little everyday in order to properly infuse the oil with the lavender.
Step 5: Strain mixture into a second jar
After a month, remove the stopper from the first jar and strain the liquid into a new jar. Squeeze as much of the oil from the lavender flowers as you can. You'll want to extract as much of the infusion as possible. Put the lid on and enjoy your very own lavender oil.
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