A few years ago I began growing lavender at our spot and now we have an abundance.
Aside from the plant’s fragrance and its looks, it is water-wise, grows easily, and requires almost zero maintenance once established.
It attracts all sorts of insects, is a favourite of the bees, and the lavender planted at the front of the property is now a regular pit stop for the annual Caper White butterfly migration in January when tens of thousands of butterflies pass through our property on their way to Mozambique.
It also attracts more exotic butterflies such as this Colotis antevippe, the red tip.
I’ve harvested lavender for a number of uses, including biscuits, but never tried using it to make lavender oil.
As I don’t have the equipment or the required quantities of lavender to make essential oil, I’m reasonably confident the ordinary lavender oil will do nicely, thank you very much.
Basket of lavender.
hung up to dry …
… and in a week or three when it is thoroughly dry I shall divide it in half, pop it in two jars, cover one in extra virgin olive oil and the other in coconut oil and leave to infuse for a month.
Afterwards, the contents will be strained and the oil reserved.
As they say … watch this space.