HOMEMADE ORANGE OIL

Found in everything from skin treatments and household cleaners to dietary supplements, essential oils have loads of beneficial uses around the house. But why shell out your hard-earned money at the health food store when you can whip up a batch of natural essential oil yourself?

If you’re looking for an essential oil that can be versatile enough to be used in a myriad of ways around the house, look no further than orange essential oils. After all, after you eat an orange, most people just throw away the peels without giving them a second thought. Now, you can recycle those same peels so that they can still be useful!

HOMEMADE ORANGE OILHOW TO MAKE ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL:

Things you need:

  • Orange peels
  • Some vodka (as per needed; depends on the amount if orange peels)

Method:

  • Lay the peels on the cookie sheet, tray or towel and let them air dry (do not put them in a dehydrator or you will lose the oil!) until the peels are rock hard. Sun drying is the best way to dry them though it will take longer!
  • Use the food process/chopper/knife to cut the dry peels into small bits. Do not over process the peels in the food processor/chopper until they are mushy or you will lose the oil in the peel.
  • Add the chopped peels to the jar with the tight fitting lid and cover the peels in vodka (3-4 inches above the pile of peels)
  • Shake the jar to release the oil several times a day for several days (a week approx.). The longer you let the peels steep the more orange oil you will extract.
  • Strain the extract and store in dark glass bottle.