Before you decide how to make lavender essential oil, think about what you will be using it for.  Once you’ve decided that, here’s a list of what you’ll need.

  • Lavender Buds
  • 24 Hours in a dark room
  • Grain alcohol or cheap vodka (save the good stuff for Cosmos)
  • Mortar and pestle (although bowl and spoon will do)
  • Coffee filters
  • Two jars– one with a tight-fitting lid

Now let’s jump in to the process.  Before we do that though, you will want to gently strip away the buds from the stem.  Although the stems do contain some oils, it’s a much more efficient process.  Your call.

Step 1 – Put the separated buds, and stems if you choose, in shade or a darkened room for 24 hours.  This will increase the amount of oil you get out of your hard work.

Step 2 - Place Lavender buds into your bowl or mortar, and crush lightly to release the aromatic oil. Just bruise the flowers with the back of the spoon or pestle. You are not making oatmeal. Too much agitation will give you Lavender soup — and that’s not how to make lavender essential oil.

Step 3 – Put the “crushed” Lavender in to one of the jars with the tight fitting lid.  Cover entirely with the grain alcohol or vodka.  Quick note! Do NOT substitute isopropyl / rubbing alcohol for this project. Rubbing alcohol has its own overpowering disinfectant shtank that will overpower your gentle Lavender essence.

Step 4 – Now is the waiting game.  2-4 times a day, somewhat gently, somewhat vigorously, shake the jar, and do this for about a week.  By next weekend your oil should be ready to refine.  Place your jar in a sunny spot (now the sun is your friend) throughout the day.

Step 5 – You are ready to refine.

Step 6 – Get one of the coffee filters and pour your mixture in to the second jar.  What comes out is essentially Lavender infused vodka, but we don’t recommend serving it at your next dinner party.

Step 7 – Place the other coffee filter, or light towel over the jar you just poured your concoction in to.  Place it back in the sunlight and let it sit undisturbed for a week.  This will allow the alcohol to evaporate and leave you with just your Lavender oil.

Step 8 – Harvest your crop.  There may be a little bit of sediment, but you can just strain that out.  Put the oil in to a little vial or some sort of storing container.  Put it with your other oils, but be proud, because you made that this one.

Now, your Lavender extract is good to use.  Feel free to gift it, or use it in a plethora of different ways.  The possibilities are endless.  Because you didn’t distill it, it won’t be as potent but still very effective.  Distilling can be a bit dangerous and if you have little youngsters running around, this is the safest approach.  Now, go and enjoy your Lavender extract and let us know how it goes in the comments.  Let us know if you’d like to see some tasty cooking recipes with Lavender.  We’ll be waiting!!