Creating essential oils without the sophisticated equipment and many pounds of botanical materials can be challenging, but making citrus fruit essential oil is very possible at home. Of course, the handmade orange essential oil will not be 100 percent pure and faultless, but it will still be beneficial and make you happy. Aromatic benefits of Clementine include elevation of mood and positive emotions. When it comes to happiness, it’s the little things that count.
What you’ll need:
1. Citrus peels of your choice
2. A container that can be closed
3. a glass of vodka
4. Use of a filter (like a hand colander, fabric, coffee filter, paper towel, etc.)
5. A second container to hold your mixture in the interim
6. Fabric with a mesh-like appearance
The Following Is The Process I Made Essential Oil At Home:
- I purchased a crate of clementines and am now preparing clementine essential oil. I enjoy that the peels have less white flesh than typical navel oranges, which have a lot; the majority of the clementine peel is made up of cells that store the Clementines oil (that is what is spraying when you pull apart the peel).
- Clementines are also readily available in December, and peeling them is a breeze. AND THEY ARE DELICIOUS! You can use any citrus fruit for this instruction, whether it’s lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, bergamot, or a combination of citrus fruits; the possibilities are nearly unlimited.
- I poured the peels into the jar that I had prepared. You don’t have to have them all ready to go when you start; I added more as I ate additional clementines over the course of the week.
- I soaked my orange peels in a whole bottle of vodka. It also doesn’t have to be a high-end vodka; you can go cheap on this one. It is preferable to have a greater alcohol proof.
- Take a look at that lovely orange vodka concoction!
- Take a look, it’s no longer so apparent! Since the day before, we’ve added quite a few more peels.
- Victory! We want to get rid of that grease! If you get some sediment in your jar from breaking the peels, don’t worry; we’ll filter it out later.
- The peels have softened a little and there is a lot of clementine sediment on them. To separate our liquid, we’re going to put some mesh in our basin and pour our orange peels onto it.
- Pull the mesh up and into the bowl, squeezing out all of the juices.
- Then we’ll return the jar to its original state by pouring the alcohol mixture back in.
- After then, leave the jar OPEN to allow the alcohol to begin to evaporate. I placed a piece of the mesh from earlier on top of the aperture to prevent pollutants from entering the jar.
- We choose to filter out the majority of the sediment immediately; however, you are not required to do so at this time and can wait until the conclusion (when we decided to filter it again anyway). The alcohol mixture was poured back into our metal bowl and filtered before being returned to the jar.
- We need to filter it again because some silt got through our filters… At the very least, it became a little clearer!
- The alcohol evaporated as the days passed, and the liquid became darker and darker! The jar of essential oil has been left open!
- It took a long time, but we finally got to the oil! Because this is such a large jar, it’s difficult to discern, but the oil looks a little hazy due to the sediment left behind. We’ll run it through a paper towel once more. I would have used a coffee filter, but I don’t drink coffee, so I had to make do with what I had.
- Don’t forget to squeeze your paper towel if you’re using one. Unfortunately, the towel absorbs a lot of the oil.
- That appears to be a lot of oil, but it’s only a small finger bowl, so we only collected around a tablespoon of orange essential oil from this experiment. I think the process is fascinating, therefore it doesn’t matter how much oil I extract. Success, woohoo!