The leaves of the eucalyptus are a popular remedy all over the world. These leaves have antibacterial and antifungal properties. When distilled to produce essential oil, eucalyptus becomes an effective product to inhale or apply to the chest. A few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in your bath can relieve pain. Anyone can produce eucalyptus essential oil with simple ingredients.
Method 1 of 2: Use a slow cooker to prepare eucalyptus essential oil
Step 1. Find some fresh eucalyptus
Eucalyptus trees grow wild in warm climates. In colder climates, it is sold in garden centers in pots or shrubs. You need a good handful of the leaves, about a quarter of a cup, to make a cup of essential oil.
- You will find eucalyptus at most florists, as it is added to flower arrangements.
- In warmer climates, you might find eucalyptus in markets or garden centers.
- You can also buy eucalyptus online. Although it is a tree or a bush, it is often sold as an aromatic herb because of its scent and medicinal properties.
- The best time of day to pick eucalyptus is in the morning, when the leaves contain the highest concentration of oil.
Step 2. Wash the leaves under running water in a sink
Rinse them well and leave them outside to dry them. You could also choose to dry the leaves with a clean, dry towel or cloth.
- This step is especially important when purchasing eucalyptus from a florist, as the leaves could be sprayed with preservatives.
- Dry the leaves as much as possible, but if any water remains, it should evaporate.
Step 3. Measure one cup of oil
Choose a carrier vegetable oil like cold-pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. You need to choose an oil that doesn't smell too strong because you want the scent of eucalyptus oil to dominate.
- If you want to make less than 250ml of eucalyptus oil, use less oil and fewer leaves. For example, if you only want 120 ml (half a cup), measure 120 ml of oil and half the leaves.
- If you want to do more, you must respect the following ratio: four measures of oil to one measure of leaves.
Step 4. Tear the eucalyptus leaves off their branch and gently crush them in your hands
This will start to extract the oil and your hands will smell like the leaves.
- You can also cut the leaves with a sharp knife. If there are still a few stems left, that's okay.
- If you want to use a blend of herbs for your oil, now is the time to add them.
Step 5. Combine the oil and leaves in the slow cooker and set it to the lowest power
Make sure to put the lid on the slow cooker. There should be a quarter of a cup of oil covering the leaves.
- Let the mixture soak for about six hours. The longer you let it soak, the stronger the eucalyptus essential oil will be.
- The smell of cooking essential oil will be stronger in your home. Make sure to prepare the essential oil at a time when you don't mind.
Step 6. Pour eucalyptus essential oil through a fine strainer when the oil is cold
Pour the oil into a glass jar. A dark glass jar would be ideal, but you can use any jar as long as you keep it in a dark place in your home.
- It is important to wait for the essential oil to cool before pouring it into the jar to prevent the glass from cracking due to the sudden change in heat.
- Use clean glass jars with the appropriate lids. Make sure they are completely dry. Any water or moisture in the jar can cause mold to develop.
Step 7. Put a label on the jar
You can let your creativity run wild by creating a label for your homemade essential oils, but you absolutely must identify it as to type (eucalyptus oil) and date of manufacture.
- You can store the essential oil for about six months from the date of manufacture.
- If you added herbs to your essential oil, write it down on the label. People often add sage, lavender, peppermint, or rosemary to the oil.
- To keep the essential oil for longer, keep it in the refrigerator.
Method 2 of 2: Infuse the oil with the eucalyptus leaves in the sun
Step 1. Collect two glass jars
One of the jars will be used to prepare the eucalyptus oil and the other to store it. You can use one liter or larger jars, depending on how much oil you want to prepare.
- Make sure the jars are clean and dry, as the presence of water or humidity could lead to mold growth.
- The jar you use to prepare the oil can be transparent or dark. To store the essential oil, it is better to use a dark jar.
Step 2. Collect the eucalyptus leaves as in the previous step
You'll use the same proportion of leaves and oil as in the slow cooker, about four scoops of oil to one scoop of leaves. Use a quarter cup of eucalyptus leaves for every cup of oil.
- Put the leaves in a jar, then a thin layer of sea salt. The salt will help extract the oil from the leaves.
- Using the handle of a long spoon, crush the eucalyptus leaves against the bottom of the jar to extract the natural oils.
Step 3. Pour the oil over the crushed leaves and the salt mixture
Let sit for two weeks, leaving the jars in the sun. The longer you let the mixture sit, the stronger it will be.
- Make sure the jar is tightly closed and stir the contents to soak the leaves with oil. Continue to stir the jars every twelve hours for the two weeks.
- The place where you leave the jars should receive between eight and twelve hours of direct sunlight per day for best results. Keep them in a corner where you see them often so you don't forget to stir them up.
Step 4. Filter the leaves and oil by pouring the mixture through a colander or cheesecloth
Hold the colander or cheesecloth over the jar and pour the oil into it.
- The filter will retain any leaves that you can throw away.
- Wipe off excess oil from the jar with a damp cloth.
Step 5. Put a label on eucalyptus essential oil
Use your imagination for your labels on jars of essential oils, but you need to identify the type of oil (eucalyptus) and the date you made it.
- You can keep the essential oil for about six months.
- If you put other plants in it, write it down on the label. Sage, lavender, peppermint or rosemary are often added to it.
- If you want to keep the oil longer, put it in the refrigerator.