Words by Mallory Dawson

There are many different how-to’s available for making essential oil tinctures at home. is recipe is different from true essential oil, because it’s not created in a distilling process (and it’s not nearly as expensive). It does, however, contain pure essential oil; it just takes a little more of the tincture to produce the same effect ect. For example, it takes one drop of peppermint essential oil on your temple to cure your headache, but it might take half a teaspoon of tincture to have the same effect ect. However, if peppermint essential oil is $30 an ounce, and you just happen to be growing peppermint plants like weeds . . . Well. I’ll let you be the judge of that cost/benefit ratio. 

This is is the recipe for a Satsuma Essential Oil Tincture. It works with all citrus fruits, and really all plants with essential oils (lavender, peppermint, etc). I just happen to have a bunch of satsuma peels. 

- Cheap vodka (because you’re not drinking it) 
- Mason jar with lid
- Satsuma peels
- Sunlight

Dry a cup or so of satsuma peels (about 3-4 satsumas), and cut them into small pieces. Heat up the vodka in the mason jar (microwave is easy and quick), and immediately place the peels in the hot vodka. Screw on the lid and shake the jar for 3-5 minutes, or until you can’t shake no mo’. 
Place the jar on your sunniest windowsill, and shake it whenever you remember it’s there (or once a day) for the next week. ere’s no hard and fast rule about how long you let it sit, but the longer it sits, the more the essential oils will release. 

Open the jar and remove the peels. You now have cheap vodka infused with satsuma. It should be the color of the peels and smell delicious. Leave the jar open on the sunny windowsill for one to two weeks, or until you can’t smell vodka anymore—it’s evaporating, leaving the oil behind. 
*Hidden Recipe: Put a tablespoon or so of the oil in a spray bottle with vinegar, and you’ve just made an all-purpose cleaning spray. It works only with citrus fruits.