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Guide to Making Essential Oils

This guide to making essential oils tells you how plants create these oils and how we can harvest them.



A helpful guide to making essential oils.
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.
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.
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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Flowering leafy herbs such as basil, thyme or mint, or perhaps lavender flower spikes, are a good place to start in essential oil production.
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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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.
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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Jasmine essential oil, which is obtained through the process of extraction, has a wonderful, complex scent that is prized for use in perfumes.
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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