Easy Tutorial on How to Make Lavender Oil at Home

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
11 Materials
20 Minutes

Lavender oil can benefit the skin in numerous ways.

Follow along to learn how to make a homemade lavender oil using the oil infusion method for use in perfume, as a massage oil, to soothe bug bites, sunburns, eczema, stings, rashes, scars, to remove makeup, and more.

There’s no need for expensive distillation equipment!

Tools and materials:

  • Lavender plant 
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Sheet
  • Glass jar
  • Carrier oil
  • Spoon
  • Colander
  • Bowl 
  • Dark glass bottle
  • Funnel

The infused oil can be used on its own or within salves or other products.

The type of carrier oil you choose will likely dictate the uses for your finished lavender oil.

For example, some oils are inedible and others aren’t great for the skin.

1. Harvest the lavender

Whole, dry flower heads or just the petals can be used, but it’s important that they are completely dry before being placed in the carrier oil to steep.

Fresh flowers increase the risk of bacterial growth.

Picking lavender

Cut the lavender flowers off the plant and then tie them into a bunch and hang them upside-down to dry in a dark (and dry) place. 

Use 2 rubber bands for each bunch, tying 1 band just beneath the flower heads and 1 at the base of the stems.

Bundling lavender

To retain the best color, protect the drying lavender from sunlight, and place a sheet beneath the bundles to catch any buds or blooms that might fall.

Leave them for 4 weeks or until they are completely dry. It usually takes between 2-4 weeks. The flowers will feel brittle once they are ready. 

2. Chop

After drying, remove the rubber bands, then chop the lavender into smaller pieces and discard the stems.

3. Add carrier oil

Add the lavender pieces to a glass container and fill with your carrier oil of choice such as extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil or rosehip oil.

Mix the flowers in the oil with a spoon to make sure all pieces are covered and to get rid of any air bubbles. 

Steeping DIY lavender oil in jar

4. Steep

Place the closed jar in a dark, warm spot with no direct sunlight to steep the lavender in the oil.

Keep it there for about 6 weeks, shaking it once or twice daily to help the oil infuse with the flowers. 

Steeping DIY lavender oil in jar

5. Strain and store

After 6 weeks, strain the oil into a bowl. 

Straining DIY lavender oil

Then transfer your homemade lavender infused oil to a dark glass bottle using a funnel. Store the finished product in a cool, dark place. 

Transfering DIY lavender oil

The lavender oil will have a mild aroma. If you want a stronger smell, feel free to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it. 

DIY lavender oil

How to make a lavender oil

Lavender oil offers many benefits for the face as it helps with acne, evens skin tone and reduces wrinkles.

It can even be used to treat other ailments, such as improving hair health and digestion.

Now that you’ve learned how to make lavender oil, will you make this for yourself?

Next up, check out my all-natural skin care routine for oily skin.

Suggested materials:
  • Lavender plant
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
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