Are you looking for a new house hold cleaner, sleep aid, or deep skin cleanser? if so, you might want to try some orange oil.
Orange Oil can be made cheaply and easily at home, meaning that you don’t even need to go out to Whole Foods to find some. Furthermore, it has a variety of household and skincare uses.
By spraying oil around your bedroom at night, you can create a natural sleep aid. The perfume has been shown to promote relaxation and peacefulness.
These properties also help orange oil to reduce any stress, anger, or depression. If there is a member of your household who is a typical grouch, it might even be worth putting a few drops of orange essential oil on their pillow.
There has also been reports that using essential orange oil can help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
As a skin cleanser, drab a few drops onto a cotton ball, and put onto any offending blemishes, or lightly add all over for a nice face cleaner to get rid of any facial oils. (Warning, though. orange oil can react badly to sunlight, so only do this at night before sleeping)
Orange Oil can also make a great household detergent. In fact, many common household products are actually just either lemon or orange oil. In fact, Orange Oil is perfect to use on wood with the add of a slightly moist sponge.
So, how do you make it at home? Well, like all the good things in life, it requires, alcohol!
You will need:
- Plenty of orange peels (at least twenty oranges worth)
- A glass jar for keeping the mixture in
- Some Vodka (a cheap brand will do as we won’t be drinking it)
- A nice bottle (this will be what you use to store the essential oil in)
- Coffee filter paper
- A knife
- A funnel
- Some paper towels
- A dishwasher (Optional)
After consuming lots of healthy, rich in vitamin C, oranges, keep all of the peels. You need to chop them into plenty of small pieces with a sharp and clean knife. This will help with the drying process, which is essential in getting the oil out as quickly as possible. Once they are in pieces, put all of the chunks onto a paper towel. You will need to keep this out of sunlight, and leave it to dry for two days (at least).
Get your glass jar, and put all of the peels into it. Make sure to keep the lid handy!
Take your vodka, resist pouring yourself out a drink, and instead put it in a dish bowl. Proceed to fill up this dish bowl with some warm water. The goal here is to heat up the vodka just enough to have the orange peels dissolve the essential oils into it.
Take this vodka, and pour it inside of the jar. You want the top of the vodka to rest above all of the orange peels that you have put inside.
Put on the lid, and give the jar a very good shake. This will start helping the oranges to mix. Now, if you want to get to the essential oils faster, you can then put this jar into a dishwasher and turn it on. The heat and movement will cause the orange peel to dissolve faster, but not as well as the second method below.
It is best, if you can wait, to leave the jar standing for a few days, shaking it at least twice every day (morning and night). This will allow you to make sure you get all of the essential orange oils out without damaging it’s useful properties.
What you should have now is a bunch of orange liquid with some gunk and orange peels floating around. Get your clean bottle, and put the funnel on top of it. Take the coffee filter paper, and use it to create a dam in the funnel. Then, pour this mixture into the funnel, and wait. The coffee paper will filter out all of the solid bits floating around in the liquid, and the alcohol will naturally evaporate, leaving you with pure orange oil.
And that’s it! You now have orange oil to use around the house in all of your essential chores or as a great relaxant.
This method should also work for other citrus fruits, so if you fancy having a different smell around the house, feel free to give it a shot with lemons or limes!