Welcome to Work With Me Wednesday where you tag along with me at work. You'll get sneak peeks inside the lab via my 'lab cam'.
This week, I'm making lavender infused herbal oil.
The use of herbs dates back over three million years. In the African tradition, herbs are used for health and healing.
Using herbs for cooking adds healthy compounds that benefit your body. They have protective polyphenols that have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, and minerals.
Herbs are also widely used for their healing properties to treat skin conditions like infections, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, and burns.
Converting dried lavender to powder form.
The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations, and finished herbal products that contain whole plants, parts of plants, or other plant materials, including leaves, bark, berries, flowers, and roots, and/or their extracts as active ingredients intended for human therapeutic use or for other benefits in humans and sometimes animals.
Grain alcohol coaxes out more of the beneficial compounds.
Lavender oil has many healing benefits. The anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil soothes eczema and dry skin. Lavender may also speed wound healing and is used as an insect repellent.
Lavender oil boasts aromatherapeutic benefits like relieving headaches, reducing stress, and aiding deeper sleep.
Massaging the ingredients together by hand.
The artistry of herbal preparation is done by hand. I enjoy working with the herbs and speaking good intentions for the end users.
It reminds me of when someone paid my grandmother a compliment about her cooking. She replied, "It tastes good because it was made with love." That's what I embody when I'm formulating herbal oils.
Let the ingredients work their magic.
At this point, I await the release of the healthful compounds from the powdered plant material. I wish computers had scent capabilities because the aroma is divine.
Next week, I'll continue the process of formulating the lavender herbal oil and show you the finished product.
Until then, thank you for tagging along to work with me Wednesday.