Orange essential oil is used for skin treatments, dietary supplements, and household cleaners – this oil has many ways it can be used around the house. While you can go to the nearest store and buy the oil, why not make a batch of it yourself?
If you are looking for an easy tutorial on how to make your own orange essential oil, you have come to the right place. But first, we would like to tell a little bit about the amazing benefits of orange oil…
Benefits of Orange Essential Oil
Yes, orange oil can be used as a mild sedative. Many people use it in order to help their pain, anger, fatigue and other feelings. Mind you, when you use orange essential oil as a sedative, it’s not going to give you that tranquilizing effect you get from opiate drugs. Instead of pushing you into that haze, the oil keeps those senses alert, but at the same time, it gives you that relaxed feeling. Getting that relaxed feeling, without the side effects attached to narcotic drugs is a major benefit.
In order to get the sedative effect of orange oil, you don’t have to consume it. You can put a couple of drops of the oil in your bath water and relax in it at the end of your long day.
Have you ever peeled an orange and felt an uplifting feeling? There’s a reason behind this! You see, there’s orange oil in the peel – orange oil can be used as an antidepressant. There’s a reason people use it in aromatherapy – it can snap a person out of a depressed mood.
Simply by sniffing the oil, you can feel relaxed, happy and alert all at the same time.
Orange is a mild diuretic. When you use orange oil, you’ll have to urinate more often. This will help with the removal of those undesirable substances, including excess salts, toxic substances and uric acid. When you remove those extra fluids from your body using orange oil, it will help reduce edema that is caused by water building up in tissues. Along with this, it can also help reduce blood pressure levels, which is a major bonus.
Great for Disinfecting Surfaces
Since orange oil is an antiseptic, it can be used in order to clean the kitchen counter, cutlery, cutting boards and even the dining table. In fact, if you think about it, there’s a reason you find it in many commercial cleaning products. However, when it comes to commercial products, “orange oil” isn’t the only thing they contain. For this reason, we recommend making your own solution using orange oil.
Take 10 drops of the oil and add it to one cup of water. You can use a sponge to clean with this mixture –there’s no need to rinse it, you can let it dry naturally because orange oil isn’t toxic. If you like, you can fill a spray bottle with this solution and spray it on surfaces to clean them. When you’re done, the room is going to smell amazing.
How to Make Orange Oil
Now that you know the magical benefits of orange essential oil and why this is something you would want to use around the house, let’s get straight to the recipe!
What You Will Need:
- A Tray – A cookie sheet would do just fine.
- Vodka or Grain alcohol – You can use a grocery store brand of vodka.
- A knife or a food processor – Personally, we recommend a food processor, because it will be easier on you. However, if you don’t have a food processor on hand, that is perfectly fine, a knife will work.
- Two jars – One of those jars will need a lid that fits tightly.
- Orange Peels – Of course, you need to have orange peels to make orange essential oil.
- Peel a bunch of oranges (eat the oranges or give them to your kids for a snack) and lay the orange peels on the cookie sheet. Give them time to dry. Mind you, some people may think putting them in a dehydrator will speed up the process, but this should be avoided because the dehydrator will only suck the oils out. Let the orange peels dry on the cookie sheet until they are super hard, this will take about one week, so you have to be patient.
- Once the peels are super hard, use the knife/food processor to chop them into tiny bits. If you’re using a food processor, don’t over process them until they have a mushy feel to them because this will cause them to lose the oil.
- Take the small peelings that you just chopped and add them to the jar (the one that has the tight-fitting lid). Put some vodka or grain alcohol in there with the peels.
- Close the lid tightly and shake the jar a couple of times every day for two days. The longer you give the peels to steep, the more orange oil you’re going to extract.
- After two or more days have passed, take out a coffee filter and use it to strain the liquid from the orange peels into the other jar.
- Take a clean coffee filter and put it on top of the jar. Give the alcohol time to evaporate. We recommend letting it sit for a week.
What you have now is a jar of orange essential oil that you can use around the house!