Every spring when our lilac tree blooms, I make sure to go outside daily and pick as many bundles as I can to put all around our home. The scent is known for it's calming/rejuvenating effect, so after the rough winter we had, it's great to start a new season with a fresh scent that will put you in a positive mindset.
This year when the tree bloomed, I decided to try something different and make a perfumed oil that can be used in a number of different homemade beauty products. When I found out how easy this was, I started filling every bottle I could find! Below are instructions on how to make a perfumed lilac oil.
For this recipe, you need only three elements: a bottle, lilac flowers, and organic sunflower oil.
Pinch off the lilac flower buds and fill the bottle at least half way. Next pour in the sunflower oil, filling the bottle to the top. Let the lilac and oil infuse for 2 weeks, strain out blooms, and return oil to jar.
This perfumed oil can be used as the base in many natural homemade beauty products such as body scrubs, lotions, creams, and bath oils.
BONUS TIP: Keeping cut lilacs fresh.
Take your freshly cut lilac bloom and peel off the bottom bark (1-2 inches) of the stem. Smash the ends to open it up and let the proper amount of water into the plant. Now you'll be able to have fresh lilac around your home for days!