Lavender is known for its beautiful aroma and charming appearance. It also happens to be a very health-inspiring herb.
Lavender oil is widely used in aromatherapy as it is known for its calming effect. A few drops of lavender oil smoothed onto a pillow can assist with sleep. It is believed to lower blood pressure, boost circulation and strengthen muscles.
It is also used as a massage oil to treat skin problems and to help lessen pain. It is particularly appreciated for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. A systematic review suggests, however, that further research is needed to determine how much of an effect it has on humans.
Here’s a DIY lavender oil recipe you can easily make at home:
- Sprigs of fresh lavender
- Any non scented or lightly scented oil (olive oil works well, although check bottle to make sure the aroma is not overpowering)
- Vitamin E drops (optional)
- Cut sprigs of lavender. Leave approximately 1 oz. that you can dry.
- Hang lavender upside down to dry for 2 weeks. Ensure the room is dark and dry.
- Place your dried lavender into a clean glass jar.
- Pour olive oil over the lavender inside the jar. Stop once the lavender is completely covered. Close jar, shake thoroughly and keep near a window (although away from direct sunlight).
- Leave to infuse for a week, remembering to shake the jar every other day.
- Strain using a strainer. Use a funnel to pour the concoction into a clean glass gar.
- Store in a cool, dark room. Oil will stay good for up to a year. If you do not have a cool, dark room, add a few drops of vitamin E to boost the mixture’s shelf life.
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