How to Extract Essence Oil From Wisteria

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How to Extract Essence Oil From Wisteria
Crush dried wisteria blossoms to make essential oil. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Wisteria flowers -- blue, violet, or white spring blossoms with a strong, fresh fragrance -- are commonly found in essential oils and perfumes. The flower's scent is believed to create a romantic atmosphere. Commercial essential oils are quite expensive and may contain undesired chemicals. You can make your own essential oil with dried wisteria blossoms and grape oil.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • String
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Grape seed oil
  • 2 dark glass jars
  • Cheesecloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut off wisteria branches with flowers in spring, when the plant is in full bloom.

  2. 2

    Hang the branches upside down with string in a dark, dry, cool area such as a closet. Let the branches hang until the flowers are completely dried out, which can take two weeks to a month.

  3. 3

    Pick off the dried flowers, and crush them in a mortar and pestle. Fill a dark glass jar with the crushed flowers.

  4. 4

    Cover the flowers with grape seed oil, a light, low-fragrance natural oil.

  5. 5

    Cover the jar, and let it sit in a dark area for at least two weeks to allow the scent to develop.

  6. 6

    Strain the mixture through a piece of cheesecloth into another dark glass jar to remove the solid flower pieces. Store the essential oil in the dark glass with a lid. Clear glass lets in light, which can deteriorate the oil.

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