Homemade Essential Oil Diffuser
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.