How To Make Lavender Oil: 2 Easy Homemade Methods

Lavender essential oil is one of the best-known essential oils of vegetable origin. In addition, it also stands out for being one of those that offer the best aroma and for allowing many uses.

Here you will learn how to obtain DIY lavender oil at home in a quick and easy way through two different procedures. But first, let’s take a look at some of the more outstanding uses of this wonderful essential oil.

Home Uses of Lavender Oil

Depending on the type of oil you have made, its uses may vary. Among the most popular and effective are the following:

  • Natural calming: One of the main properties of lavender oil is its calming capacity. Hence, it is used to treat stress, anxiety, and even insomnia.
  • Antiallergic: For hundreds of years, lavender oil has been used as an anti-allergenic and antihistamine, especially to treat symptoms related to the well-known hay fever, but also in allergies to dust, dogs, and cats.
  • Anti-inflammatory and soothing: For skin irritation caused by wounds, burns, scratches, or even small cuts, just a few drops of lavender oil will be enough to soothe inflammation and have a relaxing effect. Some combine it with almond oil.

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How to Make Lavender Oil at Home: Recipes

Depending on your needs, as well as available tools and ingredients, you will have two different options. The first one has alcohol, while the second one will use some vegetable oil.

Lavender Oil Extraction with Alcohol

You will need

  • 2 glass containers with airtight lids
  • Coffee filter
  • Cloth strainer


  • Lavender It can be dry or fresh, either way works, although the mixed one is always better
  • About 25-30 ml 1 ounce of alcohol, preferably vodka


  • With the help of a mortar and pestle, crush the lavender (note that about 140 grams, or five ounces, are required for each ml of oil you want to obtain).
  • Once it is well crushed, and you have a sufficient amount, place it in the glass container that you have prepared and add the amount of alcohol corresponding according to how much lavender you have added so that the lavender is submerged.
  • Cover and let stand for 4 to 5 days.
  • It is important that, during this period, you shake the container from time to time. In this way, you help in the release of the plant's own oils.
  • Once the days have elapsed, prepare the other container with a cloth strainer, and strain the liquid.
  • Next, place the coffee filter, which will serve as a lid. This allows the alcohol to evaporate.
  • After 3 or 4 days, the alcohol will have evaporated, and you will have your lavender essential oil ready to use.

Maceration with Vegetable Oil

This is one of the most used recipes by naturopaths and apothecaries, thanks to its ease and durability.

You will need

  • 2 glass containers with airtight lids
  • Strainer or sieve


  • Lavender flowers
  • The most suitable vegetable oils are soybean oil almond oil, sunflower oil, or sesame oil


  • Take all your lavender flowers and place them inside the glass container you have set up. The amount will depend on your taste (if you prefer it more or less concentrated, as there is no exact measure).
  • Fill the container with the chosen vegetable oil. We recommend not to use those that are very aromatic, such as coconut oil, as the scent of lavender tends to be lost in the end.
  • Close your container tightly and leave it in a cool place for at least 30 days.
  • It is important to keep it in an area where the sun does not shine directly on it.
  • After this time and with the help of your strainer or sieve, pour the oil into the second glass bottle, making sure that there are no traces of lavender.

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