DIY: Essential oils

Essential oils are always a good thing to stock up on.

There are many ways you can use them, not only for skin care. You could use them as an ingredient when cleaning, washing, candle making and much more! Learn more about how you can make this yourself, and create your own personal scent.

For starters, there are three different methods you can use to create your own essential oil. You have steam distillation, extraction and expression. Each of these methods is more or less suitable depending on the area of use for the essential oil. But today we will focus on expression.

What you need:

  • Dark bottles for storage
  • Dried flowers, spices or herbs
  • Carrier oil
  • Glass bowl
  • Something to stir with
  • Funnel

When choosing the carrier oil pick one that doesn’t have a strong scent, such as grape-seed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil or sunflower oil.

Step 1: Measure how much oil and dried flowers you’re going to need. Pour the oil into the glass bowl and add the flowers, spices or herbs. You’ll need approx. 1/4 flower of the amount oil you have. (If you want the oil to have a stronger scent try making one bottle with 1/2 of flowers, spices or herbs). Blend it thoroughly and make sure all the flowers, spices or herbs are wet by the oil.

Step 2: Before pouring your oil mix in the bottle, clean the bottle to avoid bad odor. Use a funnel to transfer your mixture from the bowl It is a good idea to put on a sticker on the bottle with the days date. I know from experience this is not easy to remember how old the oils are when keeping some bottles in the closet.

Step 3: After a month you could go ahead and open your bottle to check if the scent is what you wanted. Let it rest for two weeks before opening it up again. It’s always good to play around with different flowers and herbs, mixing it up and trying new things. Usually it takes a while before you get the hang of it, what scents you like and which you don’t.

Good to know: Essential oils, like all oils, are highly flammable. It is also very condensed, never use directly on skin without blending it with something else. Last but not least, pregnant women shouldn’t be using most essential oils. Seek a professional before using them on your skin.

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