In early July, I stopped by Glendarragh Lavender Farm during the lavender harvest. We are so incredibly lucky to have a source for organic lavender so close. Glendarragh has the same philosophy that we do here at The Jojoba Company, here's a quote from their website "We believe in the simple elegance and healthful benefits of synthetic-free, natural products". We couldn't agree more! Lucky for you, they sell their lavender on-line.
During my visit, I walked the fields inhaling the lovely scent of all the different lavenders. I watched lavender being harvested, which was then hung in the barn to dry. It's labor intensive, but well worth it for the quality of lavender they provide.
After spending a relaxing hour touring the farm, I headed home with sachets of both fresh and dried English lavender. Each type will be used to infuse jojoba, I'm interested to see if there's a difference in scent or potency between the fresh and dried herb. When I got home, the fresh blooms were picked off the stems, put in a jar, and covered with jojoba. Then it went into a sunny windowsill to harness the power of the sun to infuse. The dried flowers were picked later, since they were already dry there was no rush to get them into jojoba right away. Both types are still in the windowsill steeping away, I'm going to give them two more weeks of steeping. Every few days I check the jars and the lavender scent is stronger each time.
LAVENDER INFUSED JOJOBA
1. Place fresh or dried organic lavender flowers in jar, use enough herbs to fill jar 1/4-1/2 of the way up.
2. Top off jar with jojoba. The goal is to keep lavender submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion. The lavender blooms will float at first, don't worry too much about that. Within a few days they will all sink to the bottom of the jar.
3. Cap, shake jar and place jar in sunny windowsill. Allow to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking every couple days. It is helpful to write the date the mix was made on the bottom of the jar.
4. Strain lavender out of jojoba with cheesecloth, a couple of layers might be needed to remove all particles. Transfer infused jojoba to smaller bottles to be used as needed or gifted. Write date finished on bottom of jar and try to use up within a year.
These infusions will be a perfect as is, especially for a night time skin conditioner. They will also be a great base for various lotions, salves, and essential oils mixes. Stay tuned for recipes using our various infusions in the coming months. Until then, I'll be relaxed and happy as the scent of lovely lavender fills my office.
What's your favorite used for lavender scented jojoba?