One of our favorite things in the summer is to grow our own herbs. The smell, the color, the textures – there is nothing like getting a whiff of your favorite herb while walking past the garden or in some cases, herbs that are grown in pots. The BEST thing about growing herbs is that you don’t have to be an expert gardener to reap the rewards…herbs do fantastically well with just a little water and sun! Now that the summer season is almost at an end, we’re sure you must have an abundant harvest of your favorite herbs (and if you don’t, most grocery stores sell potted herb plants – Trader Joes actually sells a whole herb garden in a pot!)
A great way to use your herbal bounty is to create essential oils out of it. We would love to share our easy recipe on how you can make your very own herb essential oils using your crockpot! Yes, you read that right, your crockpot! All you need is your favorite sprigs, some citrus peel and almond oil and you will have your very own homemade aromatherapy!
- Herb sprigs – (rosemary, thyme, marjoram – whatever you like. We love using rosemary!)
- Almond Oil
- Oranges or Lemons
Materials and Tools Needed:
- Jars with tight fitting lids (mason jars work great!)
- Vegetable peeler
Pick the herbs you’d like to use and peel the outer layer of the citrus you’ll be using. (Make sure you’re only getting the colorful part of the peel, and leaving the white pith on the fruit).
- Tightly pack your jars with the herbs and citrus peels. You can make a combination of each or keep it simple.
- Pour the almond oil into the jar of herbs until it covers them and then seal the jar tightly.
- Place the jars in a single layer in your crock pot, and cover them with water. Cover the pot and place the temperature on low. Allow the jars to sit for 8 hours.
- Carefully pull out the jars and let them cool completely. Then you will strain into a container with a pouring spout if you would like to use as a cooking oil, or you can leave them intact in the mason jar or choose a decorative bottle and pour the oil into the bottle as a fragrantly decorative aromatherapy jar, or you can decorate with a some pretty bow or twine.
There you have it! These essential oils can then be enjoyed in your cooking, your baths, and they also make a perfect homemade gift!
We hope you enjoyed this homemade recipe to create your very own aromatherapy! Let us know if you try this and with what herbs you used! We always love to get feedback from our readers! If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, what are you waiting for?! We would love for you to check out our pages! We love sharing our favorite tips, recipes, quick work out videos and just give people motivation to be the best you can be!
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The GetFitNow Team