A helpful guide to making essential oils.
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The delightful fragrance and useful properties of herbs (like rosemary and lavender, shown) can be extracted as essential oils.
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If you are interested in distilling your own essential oils, look into steam distillation. Extraction and expression aren’t suited for at-home use.
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Steam distillation offers the only somewhat feasible means of small-scale essential oil production. If you’re willing to invest some money to set up a small still, you can produce a small vial of oil from material collected in your herb garden.
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Flowering leafy herbs such as basil, thyme or mint, or perhaps lavender flower spikes, are a good place to start in essential oil production.
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Jasmine essential oil, which is obtained through the process of extraction, has a wonderful, complex scent that is prized for use in perfumes.
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