How to Make Cinnamon Potpourri Oil


Potpourri oils are fragrant liquids that people use to freshen up potpourri arrangements and many people like using cinnamon oil. While there is a large variety of oils you can use, cinnamon is ideal for a sweet, spicy scent during the fall and winter seasons especially. Refresh a decorative bowl of shredded pinecones or an arrangement of dried flowers, with homemade cinnamon oil. Make extra and store the oil in decorative bottles. Cinnamon oil also makes a nice homemade gift for the holidays.

Things You'll Need

  • Large-mouthed glass jar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Micro-planer
  • Light olive oil
  • Small funnel
  • Cheesecloth
  • Amber bottles with lids
  • Fill a large-mouthed glass jar with cinnamon sticks. Use fresh cinnamon sticks not older, stale ones. If you are unsure of your sticks' freshness, scrape the sticks slightly with a micro-planer.

  • Add a light olive oil, like extra-virgin, to the jar of cinnamon sticks. Cover the jar tightly with the lid.

  • Place the jar in front of a window. Sunlight will heat the oil slightly, cooking the scent from the sticks.

  • Shake the jar daily. Leave the jar in the window for several weeks.

  • Remove the jar after about three to four weeks. Pull out the cinnamon sticks.

  • Place a small funnel in the mouth of small amber glass bottles. Please a small cheesecloth inside the funnel.

  • Pour the oil slowly, filtering it through the cheesecloth, into the amber bottles.

  • Put the lid on the bottles after you fill them. Store your cinnamon potpourri oil in a cool area like a closet.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a faster concoction, mix 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil with 1 cup of olive oil.

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