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Yield: 8 ounces
- 2 cups fresh-picked lilac flowers, removed from the main stem
- 1 cup castor oil
- Place flowers on a hard, flat tray or cutting board. Crush each flower with the back of a spoon to release the natural oils and scent. Pack the crushed flowers into a clean glass jar.
- Gently warm the castor oil on the stove or in the microwave. It should be warm to the touch, but not too hot or the flowers will cook.
- Pour the warm oil over the lilacs in the jar, and cover with a tight-fitting lid or cork stopper.
- Leave the jar in a warm place for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, place the jar in a water bath and gently warm the contents. Remove the lid and strain out all solids from the oil. I do this by pouring the oil through a funnel lined with cheesecloth.
- Test the oil. If you desire a stronger scent, repeat the process with more fresh flowers and let sit for an additional 2 weeks.
- Pour the finished oil into a pretty glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid for storage.
- To use: Pour a few tablespoons under running water as you fill your tub.
Excerpted with permission from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox © 2018, published by Ogden Publications.