How to Make Herbal Essential Oils

If you make cosmetics, herbal essential oils can help you make a number of products--soaps, perfumes, colognes, lotions, and so on. By making your own essential oils from your very own herbs, you can make sure that you have the exact fragrances and soothing and healing effects that you want in your products. It's an easy process that only takes a few steps---and you can choose two different ways of making your oils, depending on your time and type of herbs.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbs
  • Oils
  • Sterilized Mason jars
  • Crockpot
  • Double boiler
  • Sieve
  • Cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. Herbal Essential Oils--Cold Method

    • 1

      Fill a Mason jar halfway with herbs. Use dry herbs, crushed or torn but not powdered.

    • 2

      Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to every one cup of oil you plan to use. Shake the mixture to bring out the herbal essences.

    • 3

      Add the oil, filling the jar completely and closing the top. Use oil with a long shelf life, like high-oleic sunflower oil.

    • 4

      Put the oil in a warm spot (over 110 degrees F) for one day.

    • 5

      After the first day, place the oil in a sunny spot. You can also use a crock pot at low heat (under 120 degrees F). Leave the oil for 4 weeks.

    • 6

      Sieve the oil, then run it through a cheesecloth. You can now use the oil.

    Herbal Essential Oils--Hot Method

    • 1

      Put the herbs into the top half of a double boiler.

    • 2

      Cover the herbs with oil (sunflower oils and almond oils are good choices).

    • 3

      Fill the bottom half of the double boiler with water and simmer the oil over very low heat for 2 hours. Watch the oil to ensure it does not burn.

    • 4

      Sieve the oil, then run it through a cheesecloth. You can now use the oil.

Tips & Warnings

  • The cold essential oil method works well with flowers.
  • The hot essential oil method works well with woody herbs and fresh herbs. If you use fresh herbs, make sure to remove any water first.
  • If you want extra-strong essential oil, you can repeat the process using the original homemade herbal essential oil.
  • Make sure to write down your recipes so you can repeat successful herbal essential oil creations in the future.
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