This simple Orange Essential Oil recipe is a smart way to use orange skin and enjoy its mood-boosting benefits. Like lemons, orange’s zesty fragrance increases levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and stress levels.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces of water (can be reduced or skipped)
  • Peels from a few large oranges*
  • A mason jar or tiny mini glass jar to showcase to friends or give away as a gift.

Instructions

Making homemade orange oil is easier than you might think. Below are some simple instructions to make this multi-use oil! Remember, you can change the ingredients and use citrus to create your scent. I will be doing it with lemons next!

Wash + Dry Oranges – Be sure to wash the skins of your oranges thoroughly, especially if they are not organic. You want to be sure all dirt and pesticides are removed. Dry thoroughly after washing.

Remove Skin – Remove the skin of your orange. Be sure you are only using the skin of the orange. Inside the skin is the pith or albedo – which is the white part and you do not want to use this in your orange oil. If some exist on the peel, carefully scrap it off. You can do this over a few days and have your family put their orange skins in a bowl throughout the week.

Let Dry – The orange peels should be allowed to dry for a few days to make the orange oil extract more concentrated.

Put In Jar – Once orange peels are dry, chop them into pieces and add them to a clean and sterile bottle or jar. Add vodka and water to the jar until the container is filled. Close the jar tightly and shake for a minute or two. Please place it in a cool, dark location for about one week. You can find methods for sterilizing glass containers here, this is an important step to make sure your orange oil is as “clean” as it can be. You will want to shake the jar for the first few days to ensure all the aromatic oils are distributed and extracted properly by the alcohol.

Remove Peels – After a week you can take the jar out of the storage location, remove the orange peels, and filter the oil into a bottle. An airtight sealed bottle will be needed to ensure it stays fresh for as long as possible. It can be refrigerated or kept at room temperature.

Note: You can make homemade orange, lemon, or other citrus oil without alcohol.

Replace the vodka with organic vegetable oil, preferably extra virgin olive oil. It will still extract much of the orange peel’s healthy nutrients and beneficial goodness without the harshness of the alcohol.

However, keep in mind that olive oil and alcohol will extract different compounds at different rates, so your olive oil orange extract may be slightly milder compared to a vodka extract. Alcohol generally dissolves and extracts more nutrients than vegetable oil does.

 

 

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