It saves money;
It is sustainable;
It makes use of what you have on hand.
It helps you use your money for other important expenses.
I started thinking about peppermint oil with the upcoming season of Christmas, and have a ton of peppermint leaves to use. I use peppermint oil in my baking, for colds and viruses, for insect control, and anything else that just make it so handy! I learned how to make essential oils from this Rose Mountain Herbs video tutorial. However, making any essential oil is relatively simple of you have a good quality herb and a good quality oil.
First, you fill a glass jar half way with your peppermint leaves. You can also use fresh leaves if you have them on hand. (If you do not have any peppermint leaves, then you can purchase high quality peppermint leaves here for a very reasonable price at the one of our affliates, The Bulk Herb Store.)
Second, you pour the oil (I used olive oil, but you can also use almond oil) until it reaches the top of the jar. Allow it to settle, and then refill. (It takes about 1 cup of oil.)
Finally, Place the lid tightly on the jar, write down the date on the lid, and then shake it before setting it in a cool, dark, place, shaking daily. Allow the herb to set this way for 2-3 weeks, then strain the leaves from the oil and store in another dark glass jar, or keep in the pantry for later use. Mine lasts for months.
A side note: You can also speed up the process by adding the ingredients to a slow cooker, and allowing them to seep for the day, then storing in a glass jar.
This is cheaper than buying your own oil, which costs at least $10 for about an ounce of organic oil.