I looooove essential oils. But it can get really expensive for the good stuff.
This year I grew peppermint in my rooftop garden for the first time, and I had no idea how big it would get! It took over the herb garden. So I thought “what the heck am I going to do with all of it?!”
So I had the idea to make essential oil! I’ve never made my own essential oils and thought it can’t be that hard. So I took to the great big google machine and taught myself how! It’s pretty simple and I only had to buy a few inexpensive things to make it. It’s going to make a large amount of oil so I won’t have to buy it for a while. And its homemade! 🙂
Peppermint essential oil is known to soothe sore muscles, provide sinus allergy relief, reduces hunger cravings, naturally energizes, anti-itch, bug repellant, has anti-microbial properties, and so much more!
So, to make peppermint essential oil you need a carrier oil, a mason jar, strainer, and little bottles to store it in. Carrier oils are simple vegetable based oils used is massage and aroma therapy to carry the oils extracted from herbs and things onto/into the skin. Simple! They don’t have a scent themselves and types include grape seed, sunflower, jojoba, olive, avocado, and can also come from nuts like almond, walnut, peanut, and coconut!
So heres how you do it!
What You Need:
bunch peppermint leaves
carrier oil like this sweet almond oil
1 oz amber glass bottles like these
- Grow peppermint or buy high quality peppermint from the store.
- Harvest the peppermint before it begins to flower. Cut the stem about 1 inch above the smaller leaves. I used about 5 stalks from my plant which turned into about a 1/3 cup of leaves.
- Clean leaves with cold water and dry thoroughly. I suggest running the leaves under water before taking them off the stem.
- Gently crush the leaves by taking a small handful and squeezing lightly. Don’t overdue it or bruise them badly, just enough to bring out the natural oil.
- Place leaves in a mason jar with a lid that seals.
- Add sweet almond oil to the jar so that all the leaves are covered.
- Place the lid on tight, give it a little stir, and store it out of direct sunlight.
- Let the leaves soak for at least 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, strain the oil and discard the leaves.
- Gather more peppermint leaves and repeat the process using the same batch of oil.
- Repeat the process 2-3 time or until it’s strong enough for you.
- Transfer the oil into small amber glass bottles to keep sunlight from damaging your oil.
- Apply to pressure points and enjoy! ♥