DIY beauty 101 — Margaret Roberts shows us how to make lavender oil.
Because of lavender’s soothing and relaxing properties, it appears in many natural remedies, often taken internally as a tea or externally as a compress or lotion, or in a massage cream or oil.
“I can remember drinking lavender as a fragrant soothing tea for headaches. Naturally this was made with fresh lavender leaves and flowers.” says Margaret, who is passionate about natural remedies,
“The whole point of making and using essential oils is to be clever in our own homes. Get back to basics, grow organically and do things for ourselves. And to do that we have to get back to the oils that are so vital to our lives. Yes, they are simply essential.” says Margaret.
Make your own lavender oil:
- Warm 1 cup of fresh lavender flowers in a double-boiler set to a simmer.
- Add 1 cup of oil (grape seed or almond oil)
- Press down firmly while it simmers (to extract all the precious oils).
- Stir frequently, and after 30 minutes, remove the mix from heat.
- Leave to infuse for 24 hours, then strain the oil through a fine sieve, discarding the flowers and leaves.
- If you like, you can mix the oil with some vitamin E oil, to make it extra moisturising.
- Pour your lavender oil into a dark glass bottle with a good fitting lid.
Before you use the oil, dab a little on the inside of your wrist to check that it isn’t too strong — essential oils can be powerful.
Homemade lavender oil is great for feet and legs. Say goodbye to dry skin!
If you’d like to make a basic fragranced cream, just mix a few drops of your homemade lavender oil into some aqueous cream. Once again test it on the inside of your wrist before using it all over your whole body and get ready to relax with lavender!
Looking for more DIY beauty tips from Margaret Roberts? Why not try making your own lipstick from the lipstick tree?
About Margaret and Sandy Roberts
For more than 50 years, Margaret Roberts has dedicated herself to all things natural, growing a wealth of herbs, writing books and articles on health and gardening, giving talks and encouraging people on the importance of living a healthy life. She is respected the world over for her contributions.
Her daughter Sandy Roberts has been Margaret’s partner at the Herbal Centre near Hartbeespoort Dam for a lifetime and you could say this dynamic duo are two peas in a pod. Sandy’s passion and dedication to health is inspiring. Over 30 years ago she took an old storeroom on the property and converted it into the flourishing kitchen and restaurant it is today.
Not only do the Roberts ladies grow and cook health foods at their best, they are passionate about the importance of keeping the products they make 100% natural. Only the best from these two.
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