Lavender Soap: Step 1,Making Lavender Extract

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dscn0513Beautiful and fragrant dried lavender.

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The first step to making homemade lavender soap,

and it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Key ingredients:

-dried lavender

-vegetable glycerin

-a hand towel size piece of cheesecloth

1)Strip the leaves and flowers off the lavender stalks by pulling gently down the stem.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8)Pour the lavender extract into a piece of cheesecloth and then ring the cheesecloth until all the extract has passed though.dscn0802

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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)

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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,

COMING SOON.

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2 responses »

  1. The one thing I did not get to this year was planting lavender! I love that the extract lasts so long and yes, could it be any easier to make? Next year… I do have a ton of co-op-bought dried lavender (leaves and flowers) that I’ve been using for a relaxing herbal tea blend; do you think it would work as well?

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