A lavender rose is one of the most rare of roses. A sign of enchantment the lavender rose also carries with it the symbolism of the fabled blue rose - mystery with a sense of the magical.

With this thought coursing through my mind I began my adventure of creating essential oil butters, soaps and massage and bath oils with healing properties... a magical journey. Hence, the lavender rose.

I hope you have an opportunity to try the many varieties of healing balms, oils and creams that I hand make, each with their own natural healing properties of the essential oils with which they are infused.

Simple Scented Oils - 'enterfleurage'

Enfleurage means 'to saturate flowers.'

Developed in the early 19th century the simple process calls for you to fill a small jar with leaves and petals of the herbs with which you wish to make an oil. Pour olive oil, sesame oil, or sweet almond oil over them. Cover tightly and store in a dark warm place for at least three days, shaking every once in a while. Strain the oil, refresh herbs and flower petals pour the strained oil over the new clippings, store in warm dark place for at least three days. Continue the process until the oil is infused with the fragrance of the herbs and flowers you have chosen.

The final oil can be used as a massage oil or bath oil. Remember a little goes a long way.

Choosing a day to prepare your oil is not essential as flowers and herbs are available at different times of the year and the process takes some time. If you wish to incorporate your own blessing it is best to dedicate the completed oil on a chosen day or eve.

Optional easy infusion.

1. Place your chosen herbs into an oven safe dish (no aluminum) and pour one cup olive oil over them. Stir and bake in the oven at the lowest possible temperature (200 degrees) for 3 hours. This is referred to as an herbal infused oil.

2. Allow mixture to cool slightly and strain through cheesecloth. Make sure to squeeze out as much oil as you can. You have just created your own infused oil in a matter of a few hours.


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