First off, you will need to do a bit of prep work. Basically, get an orange and peel it. Then set the peel out to dry out until it gets hard. It took ours about a week.
|The main ingredient: Orange Peel|
|We just went with the cheapest vodka we could.|
Once it is all nicely ground down, try to get as much of that orange peel into a jar. Then, just add the vodka!
|I ended up using two pints of vodka. You don't want to "water" down the peel too much though.|
The reason why is that the longer the peel sits in vodka, the longer you will wait in the next step. After you let the, what we called, "old screwdriver" mix sit for awhile, gather up another jar and a coffee filter. You will pour the mix through the filter into the empty jar.
|Tried to use just the filter in the lop left corner, but I got lazy and included the funnel.|
Once the alcohol has evaporated (the odor test works the best), I filtered it one ore time while pouring it into a dark glass bottle.
|I never realized how a funnel can make life so much easier!|
Here are a few uses for that new essential orange oil (besides a nice fragrance addition to my multi-surface cleaner): it is credited as an anti inflammatory, anti depressant, anti spasmodic, anti septic, tonic, sedative and even detoxifier. It can also be a cholagogue, which helps stimulate healthy secretion from the glands. So it helps promote mensuration along with the flow of breast milk, hormones, and all the stuff your body creates to digest properly!
There you have it, the latest of my essential orange oil recipes. Oh, and if you are looking for a place to buy cheap amber bottles to keep all these essential oils, my best supplier is an old, local antique store. There, I was able to pick up 6 bottles for $5! Now all I have to figure out what I'm going to make next.
As for my dedicated blog readers, I am already looking into green, DIY gift ideas for the holiday season. So if there is anything you'd like to see me try, or even if you try something and want to post it as a guest entry, just let me know!