Lavender Massage Oil

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My favorite way to make lavender massage oil is to steep fresh flowers in olive or almond oil for three to four weeks. But, fresh lavender flowers aren’t available year-round where I live. Too often, I miss my chance to pick them fresh amidst my crazy summer activities. So, I devised this simple recipe for lavender massage oil that can be made any time of year.

For the carrier oil, choose what best suits your budget and needs. I like grapeseed, almond, and olive oils in that order because they’re readily available at my local grocery and they aren’t terribly expensive.


  • Dried lavender flowers
  • Carrier oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Vitamin e oil (optional)


  • Scale or other tools for measuring
  • Glass or non-reactive jar with lid
  • Rubber scraper
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Funnel
  • Dark colored Glass or non-reactive jar or bottles for the finished oil
  • Label and pen


  1. Make lavender infused oil using the hot infused oil or cold infused oil method.
  2. Strain the infused oil into a second glass jar and cover it.
  3. Let the oil stand for a day or two so any remaining particles fall to the bottom.
  4. Carefully, pour off the clear oil into a bowl, leaving any settled particles behind.
  5. Add the vitamin E oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil per 1/2 ounce of infused oil to the infused oil.
  6. Using a funnel, pour the clear oil into the bottles or jars you’ll store it in. A larger jar for the cupboard and a second smaller bottle for the bedroom, bathroom, or massage room is a good strategy.
  7. Label and store your finished product.

Storage and Use

Store your massage oil in a cool, dark place. It’ll last several months at room temperature and much longer if refrigerated. I recommend you keep a small quantity where it’ll be easy to use it and the rest in a well-sealed jar in the refrigerator. Refill from the larger jar as needed.

Be aware, some people are allergic to lavender. Test a small area such as the inside if the wrist or forearm before applying large amounts if you’re unsure about possible allergic reaction.

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