How to make Eucalyptus oil from leaves
Eucalyptus leaves are highly beneficial for our health, and their antiseptic and astringent properties protect us against common respiratory diseases such as the flu or colds. Its expectorant properties help us better expel lung secretions caused by these diseases, and the best way to benefit from them is through its essential oil. Eucalyptus essential oil is also a good ingredient for a homemade toothpaste. Making it at home is easy, and you can then carry it with you for immediate relief, or as part of your holiday natural travel kit. Read this OneHowTo.com article and discover how to make eucalyptus oil.
To make homemade eucalyptus oil you need fresh leaves not dry ones, in order to maintain all its properties and get the best aroma. You also will require almond oil (or any other natural oil if you do not have this) and a few drops of vitamin E. Vitamin E is used primarily to make the oil last longer, in addition to benefits from its properties. But, if you don't have it and you are going to use the oil within a short amount of time, you can do without it.
The first thing you have to do is crush the eucalyptus leaves with your hands . You must crush them as much as you can to extract the maximum amount of oil. As you are using fresh leaves you will notice that they start to release oil immediately.
Now place the crushed leaves and the oil extracted in a pan and add almond oil. You must add approximately a cup of oil per ten grams of leaves. Remember that you can also use coconut oil, olive oil, etc. Put it to simmer and leave it for five hours until the ingredients are well integrated and are imbued with the scent of eucalyptus.
If you use a natural oil with flammable properties, instead of cooking, you can leave the mixture to marinate for two weeks in a humidity-free and fresh place. Of course, if you do decide to cook it you should monitor it and lower the heat if necessary.
When the eucalyptus oil is ready, whether you cooked it or marinated it, you have to strain it through a cotton cloth or gauze. Do so into a sealable container to avoid having to transfer it later. Simply place the cloth over the bowl, pour the mixture and wrap with cloth or gauze, then apply a bit of pressure to squeeze everything out that you can.
When you've strained everything, add a few drops of vitamin E, close the container and set aside in a cool, dark, dry place. Keep in mind that the homemade eucalyptus oil will last about six months, not more. Test this recipe and take advantage of all its properties.
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