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Making infused oils is a process of transferring flavour and scent into a carrier oil.  It can be used to add flavour to cooking oils. As well as making scent oils for use in aromatherapy, massage oils and making beauty products like soaps and lotions, as well as crèmes for aches, pains, burns etc. 

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Lavender Infused Olive Oil

You can use lavender oil in your bath, on your skin and for baking.

Ingredients

  • Enough lavender to fill a jar (fresh or dried)
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Pick lavender and save 15 cm of the stems.
  2. Make bouquets and tie a rubber band around the stems and tie a ribbon on top so that you can hang them.
  3. Hang them in a warm and sunny place(preferably a window) for 2 weeks, until they're completely dry.
  4. Strip the flowers of the stems and put them in a jar. Fill the jar almost to the top.
  5. Then cover the flowers with olive oil and fill it up to the top. Put the lid on and shake.
  6. Place the jar in a window sill that will see a good amount of sun. Let it sit there for 3-6 weeks.
  7. Pour the oil through a cheese cloth and transfer to a glass jar or bottle.

It's important that the lavender buds are completely dry. If not the oil is likely to become mouldy. There are hundreds of different ways to make lavender infused olive oil and this is just one of them. This is the easiest method, it's the least complicated method.

Thanks Dianne I will give this a go and let you know how mine turns out.

Is there any particular reason for not using the flowers fresh Dianne?

Sorry Lissa, I am sorry if anyone has misunderstood where I have said 'the flower buds must be completely dry', I have just meant that they can't be moist at all. But you can use fresh or dried Lavender.

So you're basically saying any flowers - from your own garden or bought - can be used so long as they are dried?

Back to my original question then - why do they need to be dry rather than fresh and moist?

The flowers can be fresh so long as they are dry to the touch and not as if you picked them with dew on them etc. If the flowers are moist and you put them into the oil you run the possibility of them going mouldy and spoiling all the hard work you have done thus far. Yes you can use flowers you have bought or grown.

Ah - no excess moisture. I get it. But fresh is fine.

I used to do this with vinegar with a herb infusion. Found I had limited use for the quantity I was producing though.

Safe Homemade Flavored and Infused Oils

https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/4385e/

Thanks for the input Jeff, handy site to know about.

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