Essential oils can be used for many different health purposes, but because they can be quite expensive to buy, it’s helpful to know how to get essential oils from herbs like lavender. When you make your own essential oils you will mix the natural oils from the leaves of dried herbs into an unscented oil.
- Choose the oil you want to use. If you are using the oil as a body or massage oil you may want to choose a high quality, non-scented massage oil. If you will be using drops of the oil in teas or as a tincture you can use olive oil.
- You’ll need to decide which herbs to use in your essential oil. You can consult a list of essential oils and their therapeutic benefits, and then locate these herbs in your local food store. If you grow your own herbs you need to cut and dry the herbs before you make the essential oils from the herbs. When you want to make an essential oil from an herb like lavender it’s important to buy some high quality dried flowers.
- You’ll prepare the essential oils by mixing a ¼ cup of herbs into a cup of oil and allowing the mixture to simmer over very low heat for five to six hours. Be careful that you do not burn the herbs or over-heat the oil because this will alter the essential oil’s scent.
- Allow the oil to cool and drain it through clean, unbleached cheesecloth to separate the herb particles from the essential oil. You can use a funnel to transfer your essential oil into a amber-colored glass bottle. The amber color of the glass protects your essential oils from heat and sunlight, and they will last longer.