DIY Essential Oils

I am not even going to pretend that the quality of this DIY is anywhere near as efficient and pure as essential oils from companies such as DoTerra.  Nope, not in the least.  However, I just adore essential oils and really wanted to play around with making my own from all the yummy smells in our Zest garden.

There are actually a few different techniques for creating essential oils at home.  One involves gently heating the oil and plant matter in a crockpot for a good length of time.  I didn’t particularly relish the thought of heating the oils for fear of breaking down their potency.  In fact, to really do this right it involves a distillery type contraption that I was not willing to purchase or fashion myself.  So, what did I do?  Probably the most archaic technique, but it worked great for me!

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DIY Essential Oils

1/2 cup of sunflower oil (or other neutral, non-aromatic oil)

1 cup of a loose packed herb of your choice 

a second cup of a loose packed herb of your choice

example herbs: lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, basil, lemon, orange, thyme, etc)



dark colored glass containers

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This is so basic, you guys.  Gently wash your herbs, then pack them into a clean jar.  Pour a 1/2 cup of sunflower oil over the herbs.  Go ahead and poke and bash the herbs a bit, so that they loose their oil at a quicker rate.  Now, seal the jar and place it in a sunlit place for two days.  At the end of two days, remove the herbs and replace with the fresh cup of loosely packed herbs.  Bash, bruise, then seal.  Leave it for two to three more days.

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When all is said and done, pour the oil into a darkly colored glass container using a sieve and a funnel.

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Mmmmmm.  How can the best perfume in the world be so healing!?!  Simply lovely.  I think I may have to take advantage of the garden’s glory days and prep some gifts for Christmas.  I am so in love with this!

Cheers to happy noses!