Beautiful and fragrant dried lavender.
The first step to making homemade lavender soap,
and it’s not as difficult as you might think.
-a hand towel size piece of cheesecloth
1)Strip the leaves and flowers off the lavender stalks by pulling gently down the stem.
2)Chop the leaves and flowers until they are in very tiny bits. This recipe calls for a quarter cup off chopped leaves and stems.
3)Put the lavender in a quart size jar.
4)Fill the jar with 1 cup of vegetable glycerin ( I got mine at a natural pharmacy, but it is also frequently available at craft stores that sell soap making supplies, or online)
5)Stir the mixture, cover tightly, then shake for about a minute.
6)Put the jar in a sunny place, shake daily, and let it sit for about 3 weeks.
7)When the lavender is done pour it over a fine wire mesh sieve. Push down on the lavender after you’ve poured it all through, just to make sure you’ve squeezed the extract out.
8)Pour the lavender extract into a piece of cheesecloth and then ring the cheesecloth until all the extract has passed though.
9) You should be left with an amber colored thin syrupy liquid.
10) Pour the liquid into an amber colored jar, about pint sized, and store in a cool dark place. (It will last like this for 2-3 years)
The lavender extract can be used in cooking, to make herbal sachets, added to lotion, added to a cup of hot water for inhaling the steam for stress relief and many other uses.
In Bubbe’s case we are going to make LAVENDER SOAP;
in the next LAVENDER INSTALLMENT,