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kit 1


Dry clementine peels and tear them into little pieces.


Enjoy as a freshly brewed tea. Tip: Tasts super nice with added verbena or cinnamon.


Ground the clementine peels in a mortar to a fine powder.


Dissolve powder in water or fill it into a capsule and take it as a pill.

kit 2


Distill clementine peels*.


Heat under medium temperature the different waxes mix with oils.


Add distillate and allow mixture to cool down. Tipp: Add wax and oil as necessary to change consistency to your liking.


With pipette, drip distillate onto mask.

kit 3


Juice some clementines.


Heat agar agar or gelatine with the glycerin and mix with the clementine juice. Mix well.


Distribute evenly on a plate and let it cool down.


Apply the finished mask on damaged skin and let it sit for a while.



Gather materials you would like to extract the scents from. The materials can be organic, like herbs or other plant parts.


Prepare the gathered materials for extraction. Crush the material with a mortar before destillation.


Distribute evenly on a plate and let it cool down.


Carefully place the prepared materials directly in the water, or on top of the copper sieve for steam-distillation.


Assemble the still and make sure the connections are securely fitted in place.


Fill the cooler with water as cold as possible. You can add ice cubes, if you have some at hand.


Heat the stove to medium heat. Don’t make it too hot, too quickly – patience pays off with much nicer scents.


Wait. Never leave the running still unattended.


Once the distillate starts running, you can turn off the heat as soon as you are satisfied with the amount of distillate in.


Soothing Eyedrops

Anastasios Clementinos

  • 10ml Clementine Peel Oil
  • 2ml Glycerin
  • 0.3ml Boric Acid

This eyedrops help extremely well to soothen the eyes in dry office climate. This recipe requires minimal effort. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight bottle. Use it within a few weeks.

Throat Pastilles

Miranda Mandarina

  • 350ml Clementine Juice
  • 60ml Clementine Peel Oil
  • 30gr Clementine Peel, Pulverised
  • 25gr Menthe
  • 35gr Beeswax

Throat pastilles against sore throats. Makes around 60 pastilles. Mix all ingredients except the beeswax and heat gently. Slowly add the beeswax, let it melt while stirring thoroughly and cook over medium-low heat until it has become viscous. To make the pastilles, put mixture onto baking paper and let it cool down.

Digestion Drops

Pamela Pamplemousse

  • 60ml Clementine Juice
  • 10ml Ethanol 80% - 90%
  • 5ml Clementine Peel Oil

These digestion drops help after a heavy meal or equally heavy drinking. They calm the stomach, bind and reduce excess acid and stimulate digestion. Mix all ingredients together, warm up gently under medium-low heat (but not too otherwise you will destroy the active substances) and let it cool down at roomtemperature.

Bronchial Concentrate

Olivia Orangia

  • 80ml Clementine Juice
  • 35ml Clementine Peel Oil
  • 15ml Glycerol
  • 20ml Aqua Destillata
  • 2gr Yuzu Peel

A wonderful medicine for bronchial inflammation and other bronchial problems. Bring all ingredients to a cozy simmer and let it cool down. Store in a brown glass or in a dark invironment.

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about clementine.lab

How can materials act as a mediator and as an agent? How can we through DIY medicine and biodesign take care of ourselves? How can we recognise and observe existing structures and systems, learn from them and derive our own interpretation from them?

Clementines and other citrus fruits have a proven influence on enzyme and drug metabolism activity12. clementine.lab acknowledges the potential of clementines as drugs and explores their values for DIY medicine. It aims at repurposing leftover clementines and discarded clementine peels and is an open source medicine platform, that distributes clementine.kits as a starting point for your first DIY medicine. It provides no recipes but a frame, to encourage and empower your experimentations with the ingredients.

The clementine.lab platform provides a place where you can explore recipes from and contribute to the community by sharing the recipes you developed.

Mara Weber & Duy Bui

Interaction Design - Zurich University of the Arts
Hacking Values Module - Fall Semester 2018
Lecturers: Andreas Kohli, Beate Schlingelhoff, Clemens Winkler, Joelle Bitton, Manuel Fabritz, Michael Simon