- 2 quart apple juice, as plain as you can find.
- 15 allspice berries
- 10 Cloves
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Add all ingredients to a pot, place lid on pot and bring slowly to a gentle boil then turn to lowest heat setting and wait 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to a drinkable temperature. Remove spices before serving. Drink warm.
I’ve been infusing Vanilla Beans and also cloves in sunflower oil for over 6 weeks now.
I scooped out the vanilla bean seeds and added them to the oil then chopped the beans into tiny bits and sealed the jar and put it on a bookshelf out of the way, occasionally I would shake it. For the cloves I just filled the jar three quarters full and then added sunflower oil to the top. Wait at least 6 weeks before opening, do not open unless you are using it. Spoilage can happen occasionally. I generally keep mine in a dark place.
Vanilla Bean and Clove Body Butter
1 oz coconut oil
1 oz shea butter
1 oz mango butter
1 oz vanilla infused sunflower oil
1 oz clove infused sunflower oil
Add all ingredients into a double boiler until melted, stir gently then pour into a mixing bowl.
Chill until liquid begins to turn opaque then alternate between mixing and chilling(2-4 minutes at a time) until it has the consistency of whipped egg whites. This part could take up to 20 minutes.
Scoop into a clean container and tap gently on the counter to settle the product and remove any large air bubbles. Seal tightly and label.
I guess the type of oil you use for infusion will change the scent slightly, as could the duration and other minor things like the type of vanilla bean you use, in this case I was using Bourbon Vanilla. Anyways to me it smells dark woodsy and mysterious… and a little bit like a french vanilla root beer float.
I buy citrus regularly and I was looking up what I can do with the peels and I really like this one as it makes my apartment smell delicious as well as warms things up. I use it quite frequently.
Citrus peels (I generally use the peel of one orange or lemon but I’ve even used kumquats so I needed about 10 of them.)
1/2 stick of cinnamon
a 2 quart pot of gently boiling water
Add all ingredients, I usually break the citrus peel down to half dollar sized pieces. Boil until water is low, add water, boil until water is low. Discard.
And for something more modern there is also carpet deodorizer.
1 cup of baking soda
Essential oil of your choice. (I made Grapefruit Bergamot to compliment the air freshener. I added about 10 drops of each essential oil. )
Mix in bowl, add to shaker container of some sort with large holes. (I used a large prescription bottle with holes cut in the top.)
Additional citrus projects I haven’t gotten around to…
Drying citrus peels for sachets.
Citrus Sugar Scrub
Citrus Multi Purpose Cleaning Spray