Making Your Own Essential Oils

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From wellness treatments to aromatherapy, essential oils have a variety of uses. But they are very expensive too. Instead of buying bottles of essential oils at the local health store, why not create your own? You don’t need hi-tech equipment to extract and distill essential oils. What you need is to learn the basics and mastering them. In today’s post, we are walking you through the steps to make your own essential oils:

Ways to Extract Essential Oils

Creating essential oils will include distilling, cold-pressing or extracting the oils from raw materials. There are three ways to do it: steam distillation, cold pressing and extraction.

In steam distillation, water and steam are used alone or together to get the plant extracts. The plants are put in a clean container and filled with boiling water. The steam is collected. The oil from the plants will separate in the water. In another method, the plant is boiled while steam pushes the plant material to produce the oil.

On the other hand, cold pressing is done by mechanically pressing the plant materials to extract the oils. Finally, extraction requires solvents like hexane to extract the oil. Then, second solvents – like ethyl alcohol – are used to create a solution. The result is not essential oil but oil essence.

Making Your Own Essential Oils

When making your own essential oils, there are things to keep in mind. For one thing, the raw material should be free of pesticides, herbicides or any other chemicals. Always use fresh or dried plant materials. The final product should be potent. Also, keep the final product in cool dark places.

First Method

Get your raw material and put it in a crock pot filled with distilled water. Boil the raw material for 24 hours. After boiling, leave the pot open and let the solution sit for a week. The oil should go up the surface. Collect the oil and put it in dark colored glasses. Cover the bottles with a piece of cloth. Let any remaining water evaporate. The final product should be good for a year.

Second Method

Gather your raw materials and put it in a cotton or linen bag. Tie the ends with twine and put it in a pot of distilled water. Simmer the water for 24 hours on low heat. The oil should rise up the water. Squeeze the bag to boost the extraction of oil. Collect the oil that rose to the surface. Put it in a dark container. Cover the bottle with a piece of cloth and let it stand in cool, dark place for at least a week. This will help eliminate excess water in the oil. Bottle up the essential oil and enjoy.

Third Method

Get a clean glass bottle and fill it with your choice of beauty oil. We recommend jojoba, olive or almond oil. Now cram as much plant material as you can into the bottle. Cover the container and let the whole thing steep for 24 hours. Shake the bottle periodically. Three days later, get a cheesecloth and strain the solution. You can add more plants and repeat the process if the scent is not strong enough. This essential oil should be good for up to six months only.