Lavender Oil – Homemade

What do you need?
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers (Make sure the flowers you use are completely dry else your oil will go rancid.)
3/4 cup grape seed oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup almond oil
1 glass jar with lid
Electric candle jar warmer (or Mr. Sunshine)

Mix the lavender flowers and the oils into the glass jar. Make sure oil covers the flowers. Now the mixture needs to be heated with low heat for a period of time so that the oil can absorb the fragrance from the flowers. I am impatient so I’m using a candle warmer for jar candles to heat my oil mixture. I’ll let it heat for several hours before straining the mixture through cheese cloth to remove the lavender from the oil. If you wish you can place the jar with the oil and flower mixture in the sunshine and let it heat and cool for 30 days. Once strained I’ll place the oil in a pretty jar and use it for my dry skin, or mix some with bees wax and make a cream.

Lavender Flowers

Lavender Flowers

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More surgery to come


Trip to the neurologist today confirmed that I do have a herniated disc.  They want me to have one more MRI on Friday then we can schedule the surgery to repair my disc.  Joy joy fun fun.  This will be a repeat of my back surgery in 2005, however the pain this time is three times over last time and within the past week I’ve lost all feeling in my right foot, as well as strength.  Numb floppy feet aren’t fun.   More to come.

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The Silver Queen

Raised bed #3 Silver Queen and Tomato

This year we are trying some corn in the garden. I have no idea how it will do, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Check out the green orb in the background. That is our new orb composter. So far it works pretty good unless it gets too full. Its fun to roll it around on its stand to mix everything up. Hmm I wonder what the neighbors think?