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How to Make Essential Oils

Essential Oils can cost a pretty penny which is why most of us don’t use them. Luckily, there are three simple ways to make them yourself. Oh yeah, and it’s easy, easy, and…..oh yeah, did I mention they were easy?

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First things first….

Before attempting any of these, go get something you can work with.

Rose petals, Herbs, Orange Zest, Lemon Zest, Grapefruit Zest, Flowers. Go get whatever you are wanting to make an oil out of. Clean them and in some cases, people choose to dry them. Whether you dry or not – that’s up to you. If you are using citrus fruit, then all you really need is to zest the peel– that’s where all the oil lives. If you can’t zest, then use the whole peel.

METHOD 1

HEATING METHOD

1.Find a Crock-pot. (NO METAL FOR ANY OF THE METHODS BELOW!!!!)

2.Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, (Some people will also use Vegetable or Canola)

3.Pour in enough Oil to cover the herbs, flowers, etc.

4.HEAT– DO NOT BOIL. Just bring the temperature up until its warm.

5.Let sit 24-48 hours.

6.Strain.

7.REPEAT STEPS 3, 4, 5 & 6 – until you get the potency or a fragrance you desire.

Honestly, it’s going to depend on what you are using and how strong you want it. By what, I mean, if you are using rosemary, then obviously you wont have to repeat it many times because that’s some potent stuff.

METHOD 2

NO HEAT METHOD

Place the herbs in a jar or airtight container and fill with oil. Hide in a dark place for 2 weeks. Strain. Repeat only if its not strong enough.

METHOD 3

ALCOHOL & FREEZING

You want to use Vodka or an undenatured ethyl alcohol.

DO NOT USE RUBBING ALCOHOL.

Place Herbs, Flowers or Rinds in a container with the alcohol and FREEZE. The Alcohol will remove the oils from the herbs. Those oils will separate at the top of the container and gel. Spoon it away.

If none of these tickle your fancy, then you could always use the steam method by building or buying your own little Essential Oil Still. Either way, may your road to essentials be as slick as the oil your —oh never mind, lol. GOOD LUCK!

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