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The scent of lavender has been one of the most popular and well-known plant flavors worldwide for centuries. Already in ancient times, lavender oil and also the flowers of the semi-shrub were appreciated as bath and cosmetic additives as well as for medical purposes. The name lavender does not come from about the Latin word for "wash" (lavare). It is only too glad to preserve the lavender aroma, and with it the scent of the summer, for the rest of the year. In the form of lavender oil, the fine fragrance is still widely used in food and cosmetic products. We will show you how to make a fine aroma oil with lavender yourself.
Lavender is one of the most popular fragrance and medicinal plants
Lavender oil: beguiling and relaxing
With more than 280 ingredients, real lavender oil is a very valuable product. The lavender aroma has been proven by the contained fragrance brick linalyl acetate on our body a soothing, stress-reducing and vitalizing effect. The higher the proportion of this special ester, the higher the quality of lavender oil. With 52 percent ester content, the lavender oil "Baremme" is considered the best on the market. The cheaper lavandin oil still contains 30 percent linalyl acetate. The essential oils contained in the lavender oil have a regulating effect on the limbic system and convey relaxation and well-being there. Negative thoughts are more easily dispelled and it becomes easier to settle down. Lavender was also known by the ancient Romans as an aphrodisiac. Lavender smell should also help to kill mosquitoes and cats in an aroma lamp or dripped down.
Lavender field: Lavender oil is produced from the Intermedia lavender 'Grosso'
Genuine lavender oil
Not all types of lavender are suitable for the production of real lavender oil. Preferably, the highly fragrant, high-yielding Lavandula angustifolia (real lavender, France) or Lavandula latifolia (Speik-Lavender, Spain), or their crosses - the so-called Intermedia varieties (Lavandula x intermedia) - are used for oil production. The exact species and variety selection varies depending on the growing area and intended use, with intermedia lavender oil, the so-called lavandin oil, and spik oil made from the spear lavender being considered inferior to that of the true lavender. The lavender is harvested early in the morning when the fragrance is most intense. Since the concentration of the flavorings in the flower is highest, exclusively lavender flowers are used to produce the pure lavender oil. To get real, medically effective lavender oil, the oils in the lavender must be distilled in a complex process with steam. In a distillation flask, the lavender flowers are heated in water, so that the ingredients dissolve. The resulting water-oil mixture evaporates and migrates via a cooled tube in a collection container. Since the lavender oil is not water-soluble, it floats in the sump after cooling on the water and is carefully removed. The yield is low: per liter of pure lavender oil you need 20 to 40 kilograms of lavender flowers, from wild mountain lavender even up to four times as much. Correspondingly precious and expensive is pure lavender oil.
Unfortunately, making lavender oil yourself is not an option for several reasons: First of all, it is difficult to get the large amount of high quality lavender flowers needed for the distillation. In addition, you need for larger quantities of expensive distillation equipment, as it is also used for the production of high-percentage alcohol. Real lavender oil should therefore better buy in stores or in the pharmacy.
Mobile lavender oil distillery
Homemade lavender oil
But there is an alternative to the real lavender oil - it is even easy to prepare and for domestic use as a bath or massage oil is sufficient in most cases: With some fresh lavender and a high-quality natural cooking oil you can easily make with lavender flavored oil itself. To do this, one tablespoon of fresh or dried, slightly grated lavender flowers in a closable glass jar and fill it with 200 milliliters thistle, almond or olive oil. It is best to use a fragrance-free oil to bring out the lavender aroma. Sunflower oil, however, is not recommended, as it quickly becomes rancid. The mixture is allowed to pull for about six to eight weeks. Shake the jar vigorously every few days to allow the essential oils to dissolve well out of the flowers and into the oil.Finally, pour the flavored oil through a fine sieve or cloth into a dark, well-sealable glass bottle - the homemade lavender oil is ready. Always make as much oil as you consume in half a year, and store it as cool and dark as possible to keep it from turning rancid. Tip: Well-dried lavender flowers can be kept in a sealable glass in dark and cool storage for several months without losing any significant flavor. With these flowers, you can then produce even in winter still new lavender oil.
Homemade oil with lavender
Why use lavender oil?
In addition to the classic areas of application as perfume and perfume, lavender oil is a versatile remedy in aromatherapy. Especially for sleep problems and headaches lavender oil is used as a room fragrance or edition. For a relaxing scented compress, soak a small cloth in cold water and drizzle two drops of lavender and four drops of peppermint oil on top. Then put the cloth on your forehead and breathe deeply. A few drops of lavender oil on the pillow or a warm bath with lavender additive help to fall asleep. With its cooling, antiseptic effect, it can also be used for insect bites and mild sunburn. Just dab it with a clean cloth on the affected house.
In the kitchen you can use lavender oil for flavoring food and drinks. But beware: Essential oils can cause health problems for asthmatics, people with allergies, and people with limited lung function. Even infants should not come in direct contact with essential oils.