When life gives you lemons… We have a lot of lemons now that we’re on Fab Feb or NAF (depending on what mood you catch me in), because we have been drinking things like this Lemon Water from the Planning Queen to up our vitamin C intake.
This lemon oil is a great recipe for body treatments and cleaning products, however it is a bit too potent for cooking, and can be quite bitter. I will do a cooking lemon olive oil at a later date.
Did I mention that I love lemon oil? It is a great smelling way to disguise whatever in home fragrance, smooth cracked heals, scrub the bath and scare spiders away, so I am pretty friendly with it.
The only disappointing thing is that I didn’t know how easy it is to make earlier, because those little bottles of lemon oil can be exy so I was quite parsimonious with it. Now I can paint the house with it… Considering we were throwing the lemon skins away, this cost me nearly nix to make and the best thing is the lemon oil pretty much cooked itself while I pottered around on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The only thing to keep in mind is that this infused oil will have a sweeter, mellower fragrance than the fresh, tart scent you will get with a cold pressed essential oil.
5 lemons, preferably organic
1 cup oil, ideally sweet almond, coconut, macadamia or grapeseed oil
Double boiler or a saucepan that fits a bowl on top
Strainer or piece of cloth
Jar or bottle
1. If you’re not using organic lemons scrub the peels really well, as most citrus is sprayed with a fungicide.
2. Peel the lemons. The aim is to have as little of the white pith as possible, because the oil is extracted from the yellow part.
3. Fill the bottom of the double boiler or saucepan with water (allowing enough space for the top of the double boiler or bowl to fit in too!) Bring the water to a simmer and set the heat to the lowest heat. This water underneath is absolutely essential, if cooked over direct heat the temperature will be too high and the peels will scald and the oil will turn rancid. Also, this cannot be done in a crock pot or slow cooker as their lowest temperature is too high for this. The water bath method maintains the temperature under boiling.
4. Fit the top of the double boiler or bowl into the saucepan, add the lemon peel and cover completely with oil. Heat on low for three hours. Every now and then check the water level and that the oil is not getting too hot. There should be only the occasional bubble.
5. Strain the lemon peel. A cloth sitting inside a funnel works really well for this, as you can pick it up and squeeze it to get every last drop.
6. Store in a cool, dark place.
Uses for Lemon Oil:
Make a scrummy body scrub.
Add to vinegar as a cleaning product.
Dab around the spots where spiders and other creepy crawlies like to hang out, for some reason they seem to hate the stuff.
When I was a kid, I used lemon oil to get rid of warts and it seemed to work really well.
What do you do when life gives you lemons?