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How To Make Essential Oils

7/11/2013 5:31:49 PM

Tags: peppermint oil, mint, E.O., make your own EO, essential oils, , Meg with Modern Roots

Peppermint Oil  

Essential oils are expensive! Much more so than fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are man made scents to mimic smells we remember. Many times fragrance oils are needed to get a specific scent we like (perfumes etc). Essential oils are plant derived. Which is why they cost more. But you can make your own very easily! Especially with summer in full swing and an abundant supply of herbs out there! Here's how.

In this demonstration I will be making peppermint oil.

What you need:
A small bottle (4 or 6 oz) to store your essential oil
3, 4" sprigs of mint- take leaves off the stem
small piece of freezer paper
4-6 oz carrier oil, I like almond oil but you can use grape seed or jojoba as well.
Mallet for smushing the mint

1. Place leaves between freezer paper. Close freezer paper with the mint between the paper (wax side with the leaves).
2. Mallet the leaves releasing the oils- don't pulverize the leaves too much.
3. Take the smushed leaves and place them in the container.
4. Fill with your carrier oil. Shake.
5. 2 days later remove the leaves if you chose to (I leave mine in making it stronger).
6. Use for back rubs, stress relief, hot bath, or perfume :)

*Note - you can use ANY herb in this recipe to create an essential oil you like. It's fun to mix and match too like Lavender Mint, Rosemary Mint, Basil Oregano (in grape seed oil so you can cook with it), Tomato Scent - VERY popular right now...and the list goes on. 

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