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Homemade Essential Oil Diffuser

Photo by Victoria Cohen

Photo by Victoria Cohen

This essential oil recipe, which challenges us to think outside the box, comes to us from Victoria Cohen (@almondsandasana). Instead of tossing those blood orange peels after you devour them (how delicious are they!?), try turning them into a delightful, springtime, citrus peel essential oil. It's an easy way to make your house smell incredible and use up your leftovers!

Author's note: "This is a wonderful way to use up leftover peels from your citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit/orange) you name it. I actually do this in the winter time when I want a holiday smell in the house, although then I use fresh cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, apple cider, and orange slices. For this particular Spring version of my aromatic "homemade essential oil diffuser," I specifically wanted something fruitier and something that would use up all of my citrus peels. During my pregnancy, I have been on a big citrus kick, mainly downing a bowl of cottage cheese and an Imperfect grapefruit every morning - seriously I add 5-7 of them to my box every week without question. But last week I also saw blood oranges on the list and thought why not! Well, I peeled one to use for this moroccan chicken taco dinner and had the extra peels. I also had my extra grapefruit peels from the morning and figured they would be the perfect aromatics for my home scent."


  • Peels from 1 grapefruit and 1 blood orange (plus any other bits you didn't eat)
  • 1 cup apple juice or apple cider for the sweet smell
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cups of water


  • Add it all to a pot and bring to a simmer, keep at a low simmer until liquid gets low and then just keep refilling with water.
  • Just let the pot simmer on the stove and let it permeate through your home!
  • You can keep it going for a couple of days at a time (turning off at night) then make a new batch.