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Monday, May 19, 2014

How To Make Cottonwood Oil, Part II

Cottonwood Oil Infusion

It's time to strain the cottonwood oil!  

It's been six weeks and the apple blossoms are on the trees.

Find a good strainer, a nice large bowl, and pour out the cottonwood pods along with the oil.  

Stir the pods and leave them in the strainer for a while.

Pour the delicious scented oil into a jar and cover.

Your oil is now ready to use.  It can last up to several years if it is tightly closed in a jar.

The longer I keep my Cottonwood Oil, the richer it smells.

Each year has it's own particular scent.








Cottonwood Lotion is available at Garden of Simples Shop.





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