- Saves money
- Helps you be sustainable
- Makes use of what you have on hand.
- Helps you use your money for other important expenses.
We use peppermint oil all year round. Peppermint oil is one of the three essential oils I recommend always having on hand for baking, for colds and viruses, for insect control, and even a deodorizer.
How to Make Your Own Peppermint Oil
What you need
One or more pint-size jars
Enough fresh mint leaves to press into the jars (I used dry peppermint leaves in the winter)
A pint or more (depending on how many jars you use) of almond oil, extra virgin olive oil or other oil of your choice.
Step by step directions
First, you fill a glass with your peppermint leaves. If you use fresh, use a pounder to mash the leaves to release the juices.
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. Note: if you are using dried leaves, not fresh, either heat the oil before you pour it, or heat the jar in hot water. You can either do this on a stove top, or place the jars in a crockpot of hot water for 1-3 days.
Finally, If the jar was heated, strain out the herb from the oil after 3 days, then store with a tight lid in the pantry.
If you simply used fresh herbs, and used no heat, shake the herb and oil mixture every day for 3 days, then strain the herb from the oil. Store in a pantry with a tightly sealed lid.
This is cheaper than buying your own oil, which costs at least $10 for about an ounce of organic oil. Spend about $2 for the leaves and the oil to make a pint of peppermint oil. Plus, your oil will be stronger in potency than the pricey stuff!