Eucalyptus Oil – DIY

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We had our first frost of the season a few days ago (Oddly enough, however, it’s 72 degrees with a mix of  strong winds, rain, and sunshine today – This weather is insane!) and while it was indeed cold, it was also a beautiful sunny morning, which ultimately inspired me to take my camera outside.  The ground was at once crunchy and glittery, giving everything a fresh, pretty, sparkle.

I’ve been wanting to make Eucalyptus Oil for some time, and this seemed like the perfect – quick and easy – project (It barely warrants a tutorial!) to get underway.  I know that Eucalyptus Oil is readily available for purchase, but I have a surplus of Sweet Almond Oil since it’s an essential part of my skincare routine, and a bag of the dried leaves leftover from this post.  Given its antiseptic and medicinal properties, this is a wonderful blend to have on hand as we embark on cold & flu season, too.  I recommend adding a few drops to a hot bath for an invigorating soak, mixing it into a homemade salt scrub for a wintery treat, rubbing it on your temples to relieve tension, or used as a rub for your chest if the sniffles do get you (I hope not!)!

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Here is what you’ll need to make my version of Eucalyptus Oil, at home:

1 Large Glass Jar (I used a 24-Ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jar)

1 Cup Sweet Almond Oil

1/4 Cup Dried Eucalyptus Leaves (You can certainly use fresh leaves too!)

(Optional) 1 Cotton Muslin Tea Bag

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill your jar with the almond oil.
  2. If you choose to use a tea bag, fill it with the eucalyptus leaves, and add the tied bag to the oil.  If you choose to use loose leaves, add those to the oil – You will simply want to strain the finished product before using.
  3. Seal the jar and store in a dry, warm, place – preferably in the sunlight – for 3-4 days.  After that time, check the scent and potency of your oil.  Depending on the strength of the leaves you use, it may be done, or you may want to refill the leaves and repeat the steeping process for up to two weeks, until you like the result.
  4. Use as directed!

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14 Responses to Eucalyptus Oil – DIY

  1. Gorgeous pictures! We had a crunchy morning on Tuesday (you can check my post on it at http://dalesdelectables.org/2013/10/31/its-soup-time/) and today the wind is blowing so hard, I was afrait I was going to drop the two birthday cakes I just delivered. Plus now it’s a balmy 15℃ (59°F). In all we got sunshine, rain coming down in buckets, wind to blow us all away to Oz, back to sun, more wind! It’s nuts!

    I have to find where I can get some eucalyptus leaves to make your oil!

  2. The Simple White Rabbit says:

    I love your photos!

    We used to have a couple of eucalyptus trees, but we really don’t have the climate for them, and when we had a really cold spell, they died. I always enjoyed smelling them when I walked by.

  3. Hari Qhuang says:

    Exquisite photos!
    I did not know that eucalyptus oil can be made this way!
    Very interesting.
    :D

    • jjbegonia says:

      Thanks! And yes, it’s super simple to make at home : )

      • Hari Qhuang says:

        In Indonesia, eucalyptus oil was made through very long distillation processes.

        I wish I was as lucky as my friends, who had seen the process when they visited The Northeastern parts of the country! :D

      • jjbegonia says:

        Ah, yes…That definitely makes sense is you are looking for a more concentrated version. I bet that process is very cool to see!

  4. food,mostly says:

    Gorgeous photography!

  5. Wonderful post and gorgeous pix! I could smell the eucalyptus just through your wonderful photos. It reminds me of my childhood in California where the scent of eucalyptus was omnipresent! Looking forward to making a batch of this :)!

  6. Anonymous says:

    It is the quiet after the storm. One eucalyptus tree down. Any takers?

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