Essential Oil is often the concentrated scent of whatever we love. I love the smell of lavender, lemon grass, orange, etc.
These are usually inexpensive items, but they cost a way lot more in the oil form than the raw form. You can still choose to buy them, like here.
But the cost is still the main reason why I decided to try making my own.
Directions from wikihow.
You will need:
1. Remove the orange peels from the oranges. You can use a zester, or like me, sliced the peel off the orange. (put the orange aside, you can still eat the orange!)
Avoid cutting off any of the pith (the white spongy stuff). This part of the orange has very little limonene anyway.
2. Dry the peels. Once you have removed the peels, you will need to let them dry. Place them on a paper towel and leave them in direct sunlight until they are completely dry.
4. Warm the vodka. It should be warm but not overly hot (32 degrees Celsius).
5. Add the warm vodka to your orange peels. (for me I combined step 3, 4 and 5 together so that it is easier to blend them with my hand blender.
I continue to let the vodka warm in the hot water bath in my mason jar for a little while more as I read that warm vodka can get more oil out of the peels)
6. Make sure you pour in enough alcohol to completely cover the orange peels. Once you have covered the grinds, secure the lid and vigorously shake the jar for several minutes
7. Let the mixture sit for two or three days. During that time, you may also want to shake the mixture two or three times a day. You may also consider letting sit longer than a few days. The more you shake it and the longer you let it sit, the more oil you will get from your mixture.
The excess vodka will act as the substitute for a carrier oil.
9. Add about 6 diffuser reed sticks into the container. Fan the reed sticks out instead of leaning them all to one side of the rim so that they can work more effectively.
10. Flip the reed sticks after an hour. Allow the diffuser reed sticksto sit in the oil for an hour, then take them out and flip them over so that the dry ends sit in the oil mixture. This will saturate both ends and quick-start the process of releasing the scent of the essential oil.
11. Swirl the oil twice every week. Make sure that you gently swirl the mixture to adequately mix them for the best results. At the same time, flip your reed sticks. Your orange peel diffuser is good for about 1-2 months, or until the scent dissipates, then it’s time for a new batch (which costs next to nothing!)
There you go, you just turned inexpensive orange peels into orange oil reed diffuser, which costs next to nothing!