How to make peppermint oil using olive oil. All you need is fresh peppermint leaves, olive oil and a glass jar.
True peppermint oil you get in stores are manufactured by extracting oil from peppermint by heating the plant at low temperatures. The vapor that is created when heating the peppermint leaves is allowed to cool and form into a liquid. This liquid contains around 45 percent of menthol. Menthol is what gives peppermint its healing and aromatic qualities. Because of this, it is difficult to make the true peppermint at home. However, you can make peppermint oil infusion, which you can use for various purposes. This oil will not be as concentrated as the true peppermint oil, but still it will have the same qualities.
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Some benefits of peppermint oil:
- flavor your food
- treat indigestion
- prevent or cure dental problems
- treat respiratory problems, nausea and headache
- boost immune system
- regular moisturizer for hair and skin
- fresh peppermint leaves
- olive oil
- crush the peppermint leaves with your hands or a spoon
- add the crushed leaves into a glass jar and pack them in there until the jar is full
- fill the jar with olive oil covering all the leaves, till the neck level
- let the oil steep in now. If you live in a warm place let the oil steep in for 2 days in the sun and shake the glass jar every 12 hours. If it is winter where you live, place the jar in your cabinet and let it steep in for 1 month.
- after the steeping period is finished, strain the oil using a double folded cheesecloth or using a fine strainer.
- store the peppermint oil in a dark, dry and warm place. It will stay for 3-6 months.