Today has been one of those bitter cold winter days that make me feel homesick and dream of warmth, sunshine and sand in my toes. To fight the winter blues I decided to play in the kitchen. I spent all morning making soup, juices, lotion, kombucha and straining some lavender infused oil I had made some weeks ago. Just smelling the oil made me feel good! There's something about lavender that's so comforting and warm, perfect for late February in NY.
I use the oil in the bath, as moisturizer, to make lotion and soap. I also mix it with water and spray a bit in my pillow if I am having trouble falling asleep. I love the smell of lavender and its many healing properties, especially when it comes to relaxation.
Want to tune into the lavender love and get rid of these winter blues that seem to be so contagious? To make the oil simply:
- Use 1 oz of dried lavender to 4 oz of oil by liquid measure
- Get rid of all the stems and use a mortero to crush the herbs into a powder
- Place the freshly crushed herbs in a 6 oz glass jar and pour 4 oz of cold pressed olive oil
- Stir until the herbs are saturated and close with a tight lid
- Shake the jar daily and allow to steep for 3 to 6 weeks
- When ready strain the oil using a strainer or a cheese-cloth. The more you squeeze and press the more oil you'll get but expect to have about a 20% loss of liquid
The herbs should look and feel very dry after you finish squeezing the oil out. I usually save them and use them to make a face/body scrub but you can also use them for a facial steam or add them to a warm bath.