You only need a few items:
- 2 Tablespoons gelatin (2 packets if you're using Knox)
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup vodka
- Essential oils
- Liquid food coloring (they have them at the dollar store usually)
- Empty jars (I used 4oz mason jars and I needed 3)
Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil and whisk in the gelatin till dissolved. Remove from heat. Add remaining 1/2 cup water and vodka and whisk together. Put your choices for food coloring and 8-10 drops of essential oils into each jar. You'll only need one drop of food coloring per jar unless you want them really dark. Fill with gelatin mixture. Place lid loosely on top or cover with plastic wrap to prevent essential oils from evaporating too quickly while warm. Allow to cool. Remove lid and display wherever you want to smell nice!
You can also use Orbeeze or water beads to make an essential oils air freshener. Simply hydrate the little water balls then add a few drops of essential oils to them and display in a pretty dish. I've noticed that the scent seems to last longer if you hydrate the beads with water that has the essential oils added to it already. I've also found that you can also color the water balls by adding food coloring to the water before you hydrate the Orbeeze. I added purple food coloring and lavender EO to the clear water beads in the picture. Just another way to use Orbeeze if you happen to have them around.
I love the fact that I can easily make different air fresheners to fit my mood or the season. I can also make them to experience the aromatherapy effect of essential oils like lavender for sleep (that's my favorite!) or peppermint to put on my desk when I'm exhausted! Speaking of exhausted, I need to go make more coffee. Have a great weekend!
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