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Making your own vanilla infused jojoba is easy!
Add about a half of an ounce of vanilla oleoresin (1 tablespoon) to a gallon of jojoba (3.75 liters). After about two weeks, your jojoba will be infused with the rich aroma of the vanilla.
You can let this oleoresin sit in the gallon until you finish using the jojoba. I’ve refilled that same gallon jug with more jojoba, and the vanilla continues to do its magic!
If you don’t have the oleoresin, you can use about 10 fresh vanilla bean pods. After the two weeks of infusing, take the pods out of the gallon jug of jojoba. You’ll need new ones if you want to start the process again.
a delicious and soothing vanilla and citrus lip balm
10 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
5 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
1 oz (28 gm) Beeswax (Cera alba)
1 oz (30 ml) Vanilla-infused jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
2 oz (56 gm) Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
Lip balm tubes (the size is about 5 ml)
Lip balm tray
- Melt 1 oz (28 gm) beeswax and 1 oz (30 ml) vanilla jojoba in a double boiler.
- Once melted, add 2 oz (56 gm) coconut oil.
- Once melted, take off the stove and add the Lime and Orange essential oils.
- Stir and pour immediately (or use a pipette or dropper) into lip balm tubes (this is easiest if you have a lip balm tray for holding the tubes while you pour).
For a double boiler, try a Pyrex measuring cup rested in a soup pot filled halfway with water. This recipe makes about 24 sticks if you use a 5 ml size tube. How many tubes you fill will vary according to how high you fill them, and how exact you (and your scale) are when you weigh your ingredients.
Vanilla and Lavender Salt Scrub
a skin soothing shower scrub
3 oz (84 gm) salts (I like 2 oz/56 gm of pink Himalayan salts mixed with 1 oz/28 gm of Epsom salts)
3 oz (90 ml) vanilla jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
1 oz (28 gm) dried organic lavender flowers
15 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
4 oz (120 ml) jar
- Grind all the salts and the lavender flowers in a small coffee grinder until they are a fine texture. (I have a separate grinder reserved for bath salts, as coffee tasting like vanilla and lavender bath salts can be a bummer first thing in the morning!)
- Add the vanilla jojoba to the salts and stir.
- Add your essential oils and mix.
I recommend making a fresh batch of salt scrub every few weeks.
It’s hard to mistake the familiar aroma of Sweet Orange essential oil!
I find myself smiling every time I breathe it in. Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) has such a bright, fresh scent that reminds me of warm summer days, feeling happy and healthy and the sense that anything is possible.
In this Spotlight, I’ll share some of the many ways you can use Sweet Orange essential oil, including a recipe for kitchen and bathroom cleaner that actually makes cleaning fun . . . or at least more “sweet!”
1. Use Sweet Orange essential oil to ease tension.
Tension, both physical and emotional, just seems to melt away under Orange’s sunny glow. Got the blues? Use some Orange! It helps everything flow more smoothly. I love Orange in blends that encourage digestion, relaxation, optimistic energy, clear thoughts, and overall health and happiness.
Orange is a great reassuring sidekick. You can keep it with you all the time by making an Aromatherapy inhaler:
• 5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
• 3 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
• 2 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Another way Sweet Orange can help you relax is by helping you release muscle tension.
If you’ve been sitting too long at a desk and your shoulders and neck are tight, Sweet Orange would be the friend who comes up behind you to massage your shoulders.
One of my favorite massage oil recipes calls for vanilla infused jojoba—jojoba that’s been steeped with vanilla oleoresin. After a few weeks, the jojoba smells just like vanilla. It’s so decadent!
• 2 oz (60 ml) vanilla-infused Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
• 20 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
Blend the two oils in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle with a flip top. If you love this massage oil as much as I do, you can easily increase the recipe to make more. (I usually make 2 to 4 oz/120 ml each time.)
You can make your own vanilla infused jojoba at home.
2. Use Sweet Orange essential oil to support your immune system.
Natural cleaning products are one of the ways I use citrus essential oils in my daily life for immune support. Natural recipes help support my immunity in two ways:
- I am inhaling natural, pure oils as I clean.
- I am not inhaling toxic chemical cleaners!
Here’s a recipe that can clean all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner
• 14 oz (420 ml) water
• 2 oz (60 ml) white vinegar
• 20 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
• 20 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
• 20 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Blend your water, white vinegar, and essential oils in a 16 oz (1 pint) spray bottle. Spray freely and wipe with a towel or sponge. Please note that the shelf life for this cleanser is a few weeks.
3. Sweet Orange essential oil brings summer warmth during winter months.
Sweet Orange essential oil has such a bright, summery aroma . . . and I love using it in the winter. (Of course, you can use it any time of year)!
One of my favorite winter moisturizer blends is made with Sweet Orange and Cardamom essential oils in a base of coconut oil. The aroma is spicy, warm, sweet, and tropical. This is such a comforting, cozy, uplifting blend (perfect for this time of year).
Sweet Orange Winter Moisturizer
• 1 oz (28 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
• 6 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
• 6 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)
Just put your coconut oil in a PET plastic jar or bottle, then stir in your essential oils. You’re done!
I use raw, unrefined coconut oil, which helps to relieve dryness, itching, and irritated skin (including chronic conditions).
A little bit of this moisturizer goes a long way! Dab a bit on your finger, and you’ll see it spreads almost all over one arm. You can also use a bit as a protective hair moisturizer, but be sure to start small—if you use too much, you’ll have to wash your hair all over again.
4. Use Sweet Orange essential oil to uplift and relax, all at the same time.
Orange essential oil is special in that it is both uplifting and relaxing at the same time. It’s right at home in blends meant to perk you up, and equally comfortable in blends that help you slip off to sleep.
I use it in room sprays and linen sprays. It brightens and opens rooms, and wraps warmly around me in bed.
Sweet Orange Essential Room and Linen Spray
• 1 oz (30 ml) water
• 5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
• 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
• 2 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
I call this a linen spray, but there are so many ways you can use it! Here are a few ideas:
• Spray your sheets with it before bed. (Cuddling up in sheets spritzed with essential oils is so luxurious!)
• Take it with you when you travel. Spritz the hotel room and bed with it—it makes a hotel room so much more comforting.
• Use it as an upholstery, curtain, and even a carpet spray to freshen up the scent and add some ambiance to any room.
Get to know Sweet Orange.
I hope this Essential Oil Spotlight has given you a great introduction to the power of Sweet Orange essential oil and all the sweetness it can bring to your life!
Another linen spray recipe. This one’s a current favorite and I take it with me traveling!
In a 2 oz (60 ml) spray bottle combine:
2 oz (60 ml) Vetiver hydrosol
5 drops Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanoides)
3 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
5 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
I recommend making this product fresh every few weeks, as it does not have a preservative in it.
Along with the aroma sending me right off to sleep, the oils offer immune support.