Hopefully, my jimmy-rigged attempt will work out.
I filled a vase with some, then, we set up an assembly line of cutters and crushers to make the oil.
We covered it with vodka to soak. (to me, this seemed less likely to cause bacterial problems than soaking it in oil might, although I'm sure if done right, oil is fine) At that part, my husband walked in the door as I nabbed his bottle of Gray Goose, and he was wondering if trying to make this concoction with the help of the two little fairies had driven me to mid-morning drinking.
Once I explained what we were doing, he thought I might be wasting the good stuff (I don't drink vodka, but once the price was explained to me, I quickly looked in the cabinet for something cheaper)
Here is how we are making it, I'll let you know how it all turns out:
1- Trim most of the stems off, but you don't have to take the blooms off completely, just cut the stem off at the base of the buds. (I placed a few cut off long stems in each trash can around the house, as air freshners)
2- Lightly crush the blooms, just to release the oils. Don't smoosh them to goo.
3- Fill a clean, glass jar with the lavender, cover with vodka cheaper than Gray Goose.
4- Tighten the lid, and shake.
5- Shake a few times a day for a week or so, and store in bright light. My bottle looks pretty on the windowsill.
6- Pour the liquid through a sieve into another clean, glass container.
8- When it is done, I hope to have a concentrated tincture of fresh, organic lavender oil to use in my cleaning supplies and to scent bath products I like to make.
9- Store in dark bottles. Make sure you make a pretty label for your bottle!
One site I looked at for making herb tinctures seemed good, But I only used parts of it and parts of a few others, so please google tinctures and oils before you make your own too, you might find other ways that suit you better.