It's that time of year that I need to start getting my ducks in a row. After sitting down the husband over coffee and talking about things we would like to do, I think we have come up some good ideas. Step one in order to complete some of those gifts is to make some rosemary essential oil from my garden.
I know I could buy it, but why? I have been growing rosemary for years and have plenty. Besides, it just adds another level to homemade. Yes, someone might see this and make a connection when they receive their gift, but that will just show them how much love went into it.
It's pretty easy to make essential oil. I just filled a pint jar with freshly picked rosemary from the garden, making sure to bruise the leaves as I packed it tight, and poured in enough canola oil to totally cover the leaves.
After covering it with heavy plastic (a sandwich bag cut open and the ziplock removed), I screwed on a jar ring to hold it in place. This will sit for a couple weeks in the light, but not direct sun. After that, I will strain off the old herbs and replace them with more fresh cut rosemary and wait again. Repeat.
I'm really excited about this gift, as I am with the others that we put on our list to make. And do you remember all that wood I cut way back in February ( Getting A Jump On Christmas 2013)? Well, it's time to get that project going again.
Let the parade of nonstop Christmas begin.