Friday, April 27, 2012

Ladies- Surviving TEOTWAWKI in style home made scents

Just because we can not go to the store and buy some good smelling perfume is not a reason to not have it.  Is there a flower or herb that you like?  This method can be used to pull the scent out of any flower or herb.  You can use it to scent your bathwater, bath salt or just rinse your hair in it. 

You will need:
A large pot
the lid for that large pot
a smaller bowl to collect the drips
a steamer rack to set the bowl on
an ample amount of flower petals or herbs

First put a couple inches of water in your pot then set your steamer rack upside down in the bottom of the pot, next place flowers or herbs in the water around your rack
Next place your collection bowl on top of the rack

Then place the lid on top upside down and fill it with ice.  This will work as a condenser to get the essential oil and scent out of the herbs

bring the pot to a simmer and allow it to simmer about 30 minutes.  You may need to dump the water off the lid and replace the ice at least once.  The steam with the oil and scent will go up to the lid and drip back into your bowl.
See the clear liquid in the bowl?  That is where most of your scent went to.  The resulting mess would be considered "rose water" It will still have scent to it but it will not be as strong.
It can be used as a rinse for your hair.  I pour it and the petals and water on the porch under my racoon cage.  She likes to play with the petals and it makes her cage smell better.

The stronger smelling the herb or flower that you use will result in a stronger scented oil. 

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