You can learn how to make patchouli oil and never have to buy it from stores again! This simple process to make your own homemade patchouli oil will also let you mix the oil with other essential oils. Keep reading to learn how to turn patchouli leaves into your new favorite essential oil!
How to Make Patchouli Oil Using a Few Simple Steps
Step 1. Gather the materials and ingredients you need
To make your own patchouli oil, you need to extract it from the patchouli leaves. You will need two glass jars for the process and a cheesecloth and funnel to filter the mixture. You’ll also need a carrier oil where the extract will seep into.
DIY Patchouli Oil Ingredients:
- 2 glass jars
- 1 cheesecloth
- dry patchouli leaves
- a carrier oil (Try jojoba oil for a moisturizing oil, or olive oil and sweet almond oil for a massage oil.)
Step 2. Leave the patchouli leaves in the sun to dry
Before you start the process of extracting the patchouli oil, you need to dry the leaves. Leaving the patchouli leaves under the sun for a couple of hours is an easy way to dry the leaves before starting the process.
If you don’t have a patchouli plant, you can buy dried patchouli leaves at your local herbal store or you can order them online.
Step 3. Make sure the jar is clean
The glass jar needs to be thoroughly cleaned before you can place the leaves inside. It’s a good idea to use warm soapy water to wash the glass jar and use fresh water to rinse it. Do this 2-3 times before letting it dry.
Step 4. Place the dried leaves in the jar with the carrier oil
Fill the glass jar with the dried patchouli leaves before pouring in the carrier oil. Make sure the lid is shut tightly before shaking the jar a couple of times. For this mixture, we recommend you can use jojoba oil to make a moisturizing oil or olive oil and sweet almond oil for massages.
Step 5. Leave the jar in hot water
Fill your saucepan halfway with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling you can turn off the heat and place the glass jar inside the saucepan. Let the water completely cool down while the jar is in the water. Let it cool?down before taking it out and shaking it again.
Step 6. Hide the jar away for a month
The longest step in this process is very simple. You need to store the glass jar in a dark, cool, and dry place and leave it there for a month. During this time, the extract from the patchouli leave will seep into your carrier oil. Check the jar every day and shake it to make sure the leaves mix well with the oil.
Step 7. Filter the mixture into a new jar
After a month, take out the jar of patchouli leaves then use the cheesecloth and funnel to filter the mixture into the other jar. Make sure the other glass jar is thoroughly cleaned as well before transferring the mixture.
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By making your own patchouli oil, you can mix and match it with other oils to make the most out of their benefits and uses. A homemade patchouli oil will also keep you in control of all the ingredients that go into your new essential oil. Learning how to make patchouli oil has never been simpler!
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