09 January 2013

How to Make Essential Oils - Homemade Essential Oil Recipe

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how to make essential oils

strictly speaking essential oils are not oils they don't contain fatty acids but highly concentrated plant essences everything that is good about a certain plant is basically reflected in its essential oil so you can use it for personal care disinfection or healing plants that are made into essential oils typically have potent antibacterial antifungal and antiviral properties they include peppermint tea tree lavender lemon and grapefruit true essential oils are distinct from fragrance oils which merely mimic the sense of certain plants without retaining their benefits the former can be difficult to find in certain localities this can be easily remedied however by learning how to make essential oil as yourself three common methods are used to produce essential oils extraction distillation and expression each method features variations on the actual procedure the variation adopted depends on what is more convenient among these three methods the distillation process is the most complicated requiring specialized equipment and careful monitoring throughout as for the expression method its product is not strictly classified

as an essential oil this leaves us with the extraction method which we will discuss step by step here one to make your own essential oil through the solvent extraction method you will need the following the flowers from which the essence will be extracted in this case let us say that we will use roses 120 proof vodka a clear quart glass jar with a lid a small dark colored bottle a porcelain coated strainer a small glass bowl and some tight weave cheesecloth to take note that when making essential oils you will need pounds and pounds of the plant material to make a small amount of essence therefore expect a small yield prepare the plant material by you using a dehydrator to evaporate its natural water content in this case the roses are ready when they start to wilt 3 shred the roses into the quart glass jar pour just enough vodka in to cover the roses screw the lid on tightly and give the jar a good shake for 3 to 5 minutes place the jar in a dark corner inside a kitchen cupboard where it can sit undisturbed at room temperature for about 3 times a day take out the jar and give it a good

shake for several minutes repeat until you see the roses losing color this could take up to a week 5 wear some protective rubber gloves using the porcelain coated strainer strain out the plant material from the vodka being very careful not to spill any liquid shake the roses into the cheesecloth and squeeze it out by hand to get every last bit of vodka out by this time the vodka will smell terrible not to worry though that is just about right 6 using the same vodka you can repeat the rows soaking methods several more times just make sure not to waste any vodka with each straining if needed you can add a little more to make sure that the rose petals get covered the more you do this the more essential oils you will be able to extract 7 once you are done with the rose soaking strain as usual but this time return the vodka into the quart glass jar and seal it up tight put it in the cupboard corner again leaving it undisturbed in the dark for a day or two by this time you will see some separation starting to occur the vodka will separate from the essential oils and other plant materials 8 place the

glass jar inside the freezer and let it freeze here's the cool part vodka does not freeze so only the essential oils and other plant materials will solidify ix afterwards you will have to move fast before the essential oils melt you will need a piece of cheesecloth laid inside of a glass bowl another piece of cheesecloth secure it around a clear canning jar so that it dips inside the neck another small glass bowl and a small dark bottle which will hold the essential oil have a spoon and dropper ready as well 10 remove the jar from the freezer skim the gunky plant material off the vodka and place it on top of the cheesecloth laid inside the bowl pour the vodka into the other glass jar with the loose cheesecloth move quickly to pick out any frozen bits and place them inside the dark small bottle the frozen bits are the essential oils don't be surprised if you only harvest a little bit as you learn how to make essential oils you should gain an intuitive feel for the process this means that with time you will be able to produce higher quality essential oil you will also learn which plant materials are best for extraction and how to minimize wastage