Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How To Make Lavender Salve

Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy, and I love to use it in my products.

English lavender yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. Dutch lavender yields a similar essential oil, but have a sharper overtone to the fragrance.

According to Wikipedia, "essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used in hospitals during World War I to disinfect floors and walls. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products.

Lavender has many uses. Infusions of lavender soothe and heal insect bites and burns. Bunches of lavender repel insects. If applied to the temples, lavender oil soothes headaches. In pillows, lavender seeds and flowers aid sleep and relaxation. An infusion of three flowerheads added to a cup of boiling water soothes and relaxes at bedtime. Lavender oil heals acne when used diluted 1:10 with water, rosewater, or witch hazel; it also treats skin burns and inflammatory conditions.

A recent clinical study investigated anxiolytic effects and influence on sleep quality. Lavender oil with a high percentage of linalool and linalyl acetate, in form of capsules, was generally well tolerated. It showed meaningful efficacy in alleviating anxiety and related sleep disturbances."

3-4 C. lavender oil
1 C. (shredded) beeswax
2 capsules Vitamin E


To Make The Lavender Oil:
Fill jar 1/2 full with dried lavender flowers.
Pour oil (I prefer olive oil) into jar until lavender is covered. Stir. Cover tightly and leave the mixture to steep for 2 weeks. Shake or stir it every day.
Lay a piece of muslin over the jar and strain the oil. Gather up the muslin and squeeze the material to extract as much as you can.
Transfer the oil back into the jar and add fresh flowers. Repeat this process until you obtain the aroma you want.
After final straining, strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside to make salve.

To Make The Salve:
Heat the lavender oil and melt beeswax in 2 separate pans.
Once the beeswax has melted, mix the two together.
Pour the mix into tin cans or small glass jars to cool.

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