Basic Must-Have Supplies For Essential Oil Lovers

Are you looking for creative ways to use your essential oils? Here are a few basic supplies to get your started! Are you just getting started with essential oils? Have you been using essential oils for a few years, or perhaps for many years? In any case, you likely wonder what to do with them or perhaps would like to start making different things with them. DIY is so much fun, and essential oils are the perfect thing to make homemade products safe and effective. Here are a few basic supplies that I keep on hand to make my DIY essential oil products!

Must-Have Supplies For Essential Oil Lovers

Essential Oils

The first thing you need, obviously, is essential oils! My criteria for essential oils is that they be effective, thoroughly tested for purity, and be affordable! I find all these things at Beeyoutiful. All of their essential oils go through GC/MS testing. You can read more here on how I use good quality essential oils without breaking the bank!

https://www.beeyoutiful.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=110&url=692

Essential Oil Handbook

This essential oil handbook gives you information on using essential oils, including for babies and children (which is information that is hard to find), plus it has recipes for how to use it to create your own products and skincare. 

https://www.beeyoutiful.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=110&url=693

Roller bottles

Roller bottles are a convenient way to blend your own essential oils with a carrier oil so that they are ready to use anytime. I love doing this with peppermint oil so I can easily rub it on the stomach for nausea or on the back of the neck and bottoms of the feet for fevers, and with tea tree oil for bug bites, cuts, and scrapes. These small bottles are perfect for throwing in your purse and having the ready-to-use convenience whenever they are needed.

https://www.gotoilsupplies.com/roller-bottles-for-essential-oils/

 

DIY Cleaning and Personal Care Supplies

If you are into DIY, glass spray bottles are perfect for making your own cleaning supplies! If you do choose plastic, make it a dark plastic so it blocks the light and maintains the quality of the essential oils. Also, you need tinscream jars and lotion pumps if you desire to make your own personal care items. Labels and stickers are a nice and cute addition too!

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Essential Oil Bags

Essential oil bags are perfect to keep your oils safe when traveling, or storing at home. You can check out these storage bags as an option.

purse I LOVE my new essential oil purse sent to me from Got Oil Supplies. Not only does this purse have so much storage and plenty of slots to put essential oils, but it is so fashionable and cute too! So much, in fact, that my sister texted me one morning and asked me where I got my purse that she saw me with the night before at church. It left an impression on her! And I do have to say that it’s the cutest and most practical purse I’ve ever owned. I’ve wanted a purse that stored essential oils for quite a while now! This purse can store roller bottles, 1 oz., and 2 oz. bottles of essential oils.

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Diffusers

Getting essential oils into the air not only fills your home with a wonderful fragrance, but they can also kill germs, and boost your immune system and mood. Check out this diffuser for your home, as well as all this jewelry to diffuse on the go. I love to wear a diffuser necklace with lavender when I have a headache. I have found it very effective and my headaches are typically gone in 30 minutes.

Other Accessories

Other accessories commonly needed to make essential oil products are beeswax and shea butter. The shea butter makes your creations creamy, and the beeswax turns them from a liquid to a solid.

 What are your favorite essential oil supplies and creations?

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Cayenne is a beneficial herb for nutrition and as a home remedy. Here's how to make a tincture for convenient use! Last week, I wrote a post on how to survive a heart attack while it’s happening. Cayenne has been used over and over to stop heart attacks fast. It’s a great idea to keep cayenne on you everywhere you go in case you need it or happen upon someone that does.

You can keep a small pouch of cayenne powder or capsules with you in your wallet or purse, but you can also carry cayenne tincture.

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Ways To Use A Cayenne Tincture

Cayenne may be effective for heart attacks, but there are also many other ways to use it as a home remedy and for good health.

Cayenne stimulates every cell in the body. It is also an astringent, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and excellent for the circulatory system. It contains minerals, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherols, all of which are essential to good health. [1] Here are ways to use this herb:

  • Headaches – This is the way I use cayenne the most. I typically place cayenne powder in water and stir (read instructions here), but you can also place a few drops of cayenne tincture in water and consume it that way
  • Helps veins, capillaries, and arteries regain their elasticity.
  • Regulates blood flow from head to feet.
  • Acts as a catalyst for other herbs, which basically means that when you pair it with other herbs, it increases the effectiveness of those herbs.
  • Can lower blood pressure when combined with garlic.
  • Can heal arthritis.
  • Natural pain killer
  • Heals hemorrhoids
  • Aids digestion
  • Heals stomach ulcers 

To use a cayenne tincture for one of these internal ailments, simply add a few drops to a glass of water. Add more or less depending on how strong you need it. Some people may find that they need a stronger dose than others. Repeat a dose when needed. 

Add a few drops of cayenne tincture to other herbal tinctures as a catalyst to increase their effectiveness.

Add cayenne to salves, lotions, or coconut oil to apply externally for varicose veins, pain, arthritis, hemorrhoids, etc.

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How To Make A Cayenne Tincture

 Making a tincture is very simple! All you need is cayenne peppers, vodka, and a jar. Making this with vegetable glycerin would not make as strong of a tincture as the alcohol because peppers are a hard herb and the alcohol does a much better job of breaking it down.

Ingredients

  • Cayenne peppers, fresh or dried
  • Vodka
  • Jar with lid

Directions

  1. Place cayenne peppers in a jar. If using fresh, fill the jar; if using dried peppers, fill the jar halfway. 
  2. Pour vodka over the peppers to the top of the jar, leaving a 2-inch headspace.
  3. Cover jar with a lid.
  4. Set jar in a dark, cool cabinet for 4-6 weeks.
  5. Shake the jar daily or at least once a week.
  6. After 4-6 weeks, strain the peppers from the liquid.
  7. Bottle the liquid and store in the cabinet.

Note: Alcohol tinctures are good for 2-5 years. 

Buy organic cayenne powder here.
Buy cayenne capsules here.
Rather buy a tincture than make it? Buy cayenne tincture here.

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture
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Ingredients
  1. Cayenne peppers
  2. Vodka
  3. Jar with lid
Instructions
  1. Place cayenne peppers in a jar. If using fresh, fill the jar. If using dried peppers, fill the jar halfway.
  2. Pour vodka over the peppers to the top of the jar, leaving a 2-inch headspace.
  3. Cover jar with a lid.
  4. Set jar in a dark, cool cabinet for 4-6 weeks.
  5. Shake the jar daily or at least once a week.
  6. After 4-6 weeks, strain the peppers from the liquid.
  7. Bottle the liquid and store in the cabinet.
Notes
  1. Alcohol tinctures last for 2-5 years.
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Have you ever made a cayenne tincture or used cayenne as a home remedy?

References

  1. Cayenne Pepper 30/40K – Powder, Organic. (n.d.). Retrieved March 07, 2016, from http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Cayenne-Pepper-30-40k-Powder-Organic 

How To Make Vanilla Extract That Basically Lasts Forever

 

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Vanilla extract is one of those things that can get expensive to buy, and is so simple to make yourself!  It is now on my list of “never need to buy again”.

Now if you compare real vanilla, whether store bought or homemade, to the imitation vanilla, the imitation stuff does come out cheaper.  BUT, imitation vanilla is no more than chemically flavored water and doesn’t even belong on the shelves in my opinion.  Our body has no idea how to process these chemicals, so let’s stick with real ingredients!

If you buy vanilla extract online in bulk, it’s over $30 for a quart.  Buying the smaller sizes at a local store is even more expensive.  I can make a quart jar of vanilla extract for less than $20.  I can also make it even less expensive than buying it, and I’ll show you how to make vanilla extract that basically lasts forever!

So how can homemade vanilla extract “last forever” you say?

Well, vanilla extract is made with vanilla beans and alcohol – that’s it!  For my extract, I reuse the same vanilla beans over and over, just adding more liquid to it as it gets used.  It’s a continuous cycle which results in an affordable, amazing flavored extract that is made from REAL ingredients.  As the extract ages, it only gets better.

What I do is place vanilla beans in a jar, cover with vodka (I only use alcohol for medicine…and to make vanilla!), and shake the jar when I think of it.  After 8 weeks, it’s ready to be strained and used.  If you do it this way, you can use the same vanilla beans again and start over with extracting the beans for 8 weeks.  You can use the same beans over and over.

But what I do is not strain the liquid at all.  I just leave the vanilla beans in the jar and dip the vanilla out as I need it.  When the liquid gets low, I add more vodka to top the jar off like this…

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I still shake the jar each time I use it to keep it distributed well.  I believe I made this jar of vanilla 2 years ago, and it has such amazing flavor!  I know some that only use half the amount of vanilla that a recipe calls for because homemade vanilla is so superior, but I tend to use what the recipes call for because I think it just makes the recipe all that much better.

On a side note, if you would prefer a non-alcohol version…

Some people may not use alcohol extracts at all, or find themselves extremely sensitive to alcohol.  You can make a non-alcohol version with vegetable glycerin, but let me mention a few things first:

  • The extracts at the store are made with alcohol so using glycerin will not result in the exact same taste as what you may be used to.
  • Glycerin results in a sweet extract.
  • Glycerin does not extract the properties of hard herbs (like vanilla beans) as well as alcohol does.
  • Glycerin extracts don’t preserve as long as alcohol, but they do last 2-5 years.
  • I don’t believe the “perpetual” concept will work with glycerin as it does with alcohol.  I would recommend straining the vanilla extract and starting a new one with fresh glycerin as needed.

Ok, now that we have the tips out of the way, let’s get to the instructions!

Non-alcohol Vanilla Extract

  1. Place 8 vanilla beans (buy here) in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water into the jar to fill 1/4 of the jar.
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with food-grade vegetable glycerin (buy HERE).
  4. Place a towel in the bottom of a crockpot, place the jar on the towel, pour water in the crockpot up to the rim of the jar.
  5. Turn crockpot on lowest setting and heat in crockpot for 3 days.
  6. After 3 days, strain the liquid and keep the beans to use again.

You don’t have to put the jar in the crockpot, but the heat will assist the glycerin in pulling out the properties.  If you choose not to use a crockpot, you can keep the jar in a cabinet and shake occasionally for 4 weeks.

Traditional Vanilla Extract

(You can buy vanilla beans here.)

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients

  • 8 Vanilla Beans
  • 80 Proof Vodka
  • Quart Jar

Directions

Step 1
Place vanilla beans in the jar.
Step 2
Fill the jar with vodka and cover with lid.
Step 3
Let sit in cabinet for 8 weeks, shaking daily or at least once a week.
Step 4
It's ready to use! Strain the vanilla or use the vanilla beans forever!

Have you ever made your own vanilla extract?