How to make lemongrass oil
Lemongrass is one of my all time favourite fragrances. It has a kind of perky citrus scent that always seems to put a zing in my step. I use lemongrass, and it’s friends lavender and lemon, in soaps, diffusers and in my homemade cleaning products for Love the Home You Have.
Things you’ll need to make lemongrass
4 lemongrass stalks
Mortar and pestle or something heavy to bash the lemongrass with
Muslin or cheesecloth
1 cup oil. This is my carrier oil rant, apologies if you’ve heard it before. It’s just that there are lots of options. However, I prefer using grape seed oil or rice bran oil, as both are great for the skin, have a good shelf life, little fragrance of their own and easy because they’re available at my supermarket. I would love to use Sweet Almond oil, but I find it too expensive for this kind of thing, especially if I’m using the oils for cleaning products. Olive oil is another good option, as it is good for the skin, however its shelf life isn’t as good and it can have a strong fragrance of its own, so you will need more lemongrass.
Instructions for making lemongrass
Trim off the lemongrass leaves, as you will only need the white stalk of the plant. Clean and roughly chop two stalks of lemongrass into 1-inch pieces. Bash the lemongrass in a mortar and pestle or hit it with a heavy pan several times. This will release the grass’s essential oils.
Pour the oil into the jar and add the lemongrass. Screw the lid on and shake. Pop the jar in a warm spot for 48 hours, like a windowsill.
Strain the contents of the jar through a piece of cheesecloth, into a second jar. Squeeze the cheesecloth to release as much of the infused oil into the new jar. Put the next batch of lemongrass sticks in and return to the warm spot. Repeat this until you’re happy with the fragrance. Strain, pour into dark glass, label with a 12 month used by date and store in a cool, dark place.
*Caution: The jury seems to be out on whether it is a good idea to play around with lemongrass essential oil while pregnant, so check with your doctor first.
While we have our sensible shoes on, I always check my skin is happy with any new product or ingredient it by dabbing a little on the inside of my arm before using.
What is your favourite fragrance?
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