How to Make Your Own Essential Oil from Flowers in Your Garden

By Kathleen Connor | July 23, 2019
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by Kathleen Connor
July 23, 2019

If you’re like most, you love the smell and appearance of flowers blooming in your garden. But flowers aren’t just pretty to look at. They also offer medicinal benefits that can help improve your skin and overall health. One of the most effective ways to reap the health benefits of flowers is through the use of essential oil.

Essential oils are volatile oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and other plants. They are potent and highly concentrated. Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat a number of different ailments and conditions. They are an age-old remedy that have become popular in recent years.

Making your own essential oils is easier than you think. In fact, you could even make your own essential oil from flowers and herbs in your garden. We’re going to talk about how to make rose, rose geranium, and lavender essential oil.

How to Make Rose Oil

Stop and smell the roses. Rose essential oil contains several therapeutic components that can help you fight acne, slow down the aging process, and improve mood. Rose essential oil consists of the concentrated essences of rose hips and petals. It is a highly sought-after oil because of its timeless, floral scent. Cleopatra was said to have used rose and jasmine scents to seduce the Roman politician Mark Antony.

To make your own rose oil, spread four cups of fresh rose petals and hips out on a 12-inch by 12-inch muslin cloth. Avoid using rose petals that are wilted or bruised. Wrap the muslin cloth up like a sack around the rose petals and hips and secure it with a rubber band. Place the sack into a 16-ounce jar containing organic carrier oil. For the best results, use rose hip carrier oil. If you can’t find that, coconut carrier oil is a good alternative.

Use a potato masher to apply pressure to the sack, bruise the contents, and help draw out the essential oils. Secure the lid of the jar and place it in a cool, dark place for two weeks. After two weeks, open the jar and smash the sack again with the potato masher to extract more of the rose essences. Remove the sack from the jar and squeeze it to extract as much oil as you can.

Replace the contents of the muslin sack with another four cups of fresh rose petals and hips and repeat the same process. Discard the used rose petals and hips. Do this a total of four to five times, leaving the sack in the same carrier oil solution for two weeks at a time. The final result will be a rich, rose-infused essential oil.

How to Make Rose Geranium Oil

Not to be confused with rose essential oil, rose geranium essential oil has a rose-like aroma and is often used as a substitute for rose oil but it comes from a different plant. Rose geranium isn’t actually a rose at all. It is a perennial shrub. The leaves of the shrub are used to make essential oil.

Rose geranium is commonly used to treat poor circulation, PMS, and stress. It is also known for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, tightening facial skin, and slowing down the effects of aging.

To make your own rose geranium oil, you first need to collect five handfuls of rose geranium leaves. The best time to harvest the leaves is just before the plants flower, up until the time the flowers are partially open. Harvest the leaves before the sun is up and just after the dew has dried. Rinse the leaves to remove dirt and bugs and leave them out to dry. 

Place the leaves into a wide-mouth 500 ml. glass jar and add about two cups of an unscented carrier oil like sunflower or jojoba, until the leaves are covered. Use a wooden spoon to press down the leaves and ensure that they are submerged. Close the jar and shake it to mix the ingredients. Leave the jar in a warm place for a week, avoiding direct sunlight.

After a week, place a funnel into a clean glass jar and line it with four layers of cheesecloth. Pour the leaves and oil into the cheesecloth-lined funnel. Make sure that no plant matter stays in the oil because it can cause the oil to sour.

How to Make Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil is the most used essential oil today. It is a versatile oil with powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, and anti-depressive qualities. Gentle enough for most people to apply directly to the skin, lavender oil can be used to help prevent and treat breakouts. Lavender is also anti-inflammatory, so it can be used to reduce redness, blotching, and dark age spots. Because it is rich in antioxidants, lavender protects the skin from damaging free radicals and prevents aging.

To make your own lavender oil from fresh lavender, put two to four cups of fresh lavender flowers into a large glass jar. You can also include cut up lavender leaves and stems but fresh lavender flowers are more fragrant. Fill the container with your chosen carrier oil, such as jojoba or sunflower oil, completely covering the plant material and leaving about a half an inch of free space. 

Put the lid back on and place the jar in a warm place, avoiding direct sunlight. Allow the jar to sit at least 48 hours. Shake the jar up periodically to mix the contents.

Use a cheesecloth to strain out the plant material into another jar. Repeat this process two to three times, until you achieve the desired potency. Store the finished oil in a dark, glass bottle in a cool, dark place.

To make the oil stronger, repeat this process of infusing a fresh batch of leaves in the oil several times.

How to Use Your Homemade Essential Oil

Your homemade essential oil infused with flower essences can be used in a multitude of ways. You can use it as massage oil, add it to your bath or foot bath, use it to scent potpourri or a sachet, or even add it to your own homemade beauty products, such as soap or lotion. Apply the oil directly to the skin to treat various ailments, like rashes, bug bites, and sunburnt skin.

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  • Wilson
    Comment added September 23, 2022Reply

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    I was cured..... Herbal remedy for Herpes simplex,

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    Wow! You can be cured from any of this illness with herbal drugs..

  • Wilson
    Comment added September 23, 2022Reply

    [Please authorize this post]

    I was cured..... Herbal remedy for Herpes simplex,

    ___________________rob insonbuck ler ( ) yahoo……com………

    Wow! You can be cured from any of this illness with herbal drugs..

  • Dennis Edward
    Comment added June 28, 2021Reply

    I love Lotus extract.Thanks for sharing this so that any one interested can try this.

  • Organic Worth
    Comment added January 12, 2021Reply

    You have published all the awesome recipes for essential oils. This will be a great help for essential oils users.

  • FDI India
    Comment added April 22, 2020Reply

    Superb information. Many thanks!

  • Pam
    Comment added October 2, 2019Reply

    Good information, thank you. I used your method with lavender and it was lovely.

  • Claudia Brown
    Comment added September 20, 2019Reply

    Thank you for the information.
    What about peppermint plants what type of oil can I use for that I would like to make some to keep the mosquitoes away and spiders,can I use the sunflower oil for that to or what other type of oils can I use? Thank you.

  • Sharry
    Comment added September 16, 2019Reply

    Diffusing any oil which will be inhaled into your lungs to deal with should be considered carefully and researched, think about the vaping crisis in this country. I am also thinking of my favorite dealer in the pure oils, who is now battling lung cancer.
    And I agree, essential oils and infused oils are both nice, but different products.

  • KP
    Comment added September 9, 2019Reply

    You don't know what you are talking about. THESE ARE INFUSED OILS, NOT ESSENTIAL OILS. The 'properties' of these are just the properties of the benign carrier oil. You are dispensing pseudo medical information without even knowing what you are talking about. Essential oils are made through a distillation process, and the resultant oils have vastly different properties than scented carrier oil, as you have described here.

    • Judi Phillips
      Comment added June 29, 2020Reply

      You are correct!

  • Mybtysun
    Comment added August 29, 2019Reply

    Informative indeed! Good luck!
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  • Peggy
    Comment added August 26, 2019Reply

    I am a qualified aromatherapist and reflexologist and have taught both subjects in colleges for several years and had my own clinic. This article is interesting but not accurate. The oils mentioned in the above article can be for massage purposes and that's about it. It is a diluted version of an essential oil and would have little therapeutic properties if diluted further. The same kind of result can be achieved by adding a few drops of PURE ESSENTIAL oil to a chosen carrier oil but if pure essential oil is required (which can then be diluted in a cream, oil or lotion) it must be achieved by distillation to extract the pure, medicinal quality of essential oil. The oil described in the article would have virtually no other use other than for massage.

  • Jean
    Comment added August 25, 2019Reply

    Thanks for the info. Can't wait to try it.

  • Kate
    Comment added August 24, 2019Reply

    Thanks for the procedure. Can I use this home made essential oil in a oil diffuser/vaporiser ?

    • Dr. Mike
      Comment added January 15, 2022Reply

      Reed diffusers only. It be less effective in ultrasonic water diffusers, and clog/ destroy expensive ultrasonic or electric aerosol diffusers that use only 100% pure essential oils. This is a macerated botanical in carrier oil; and therefore, a crude DIY fragrant oil, far from the purity of an authentic therapeutic grade 100% pure essential oil. That said, it’s a fun garden harvest project with many safe and cost saving home freshening applications. Do an online video search for DIY liquid soap, fabric freshener, etc. and you’ll soon understand the proper uses and limitations of this DIY craft.

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  • Suzanne Catty
    Comment added August 13, 2019Reply

    These are NOT essential oils. These are macerated oils and do not contain the therapeutic properties of 'essential oils' which you describe. True 'essential oils' are made by distillation and it takes more than 4000 kg of rose petals to make 1 kg of rose oil.

  • jacob
    Comment added August 9, 2019Reply

    excellent material , ret naturopath

  • Kevin B. Johnson
    Comment added July 25, 2019Reply

    Thanks for the Fresh information.

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