Have you ever wondered whether the expensive essential oil you bought is natural or filled with toxic chemical that is harmful to your body and health? And you are thinking of producing your natural essential oil at home.
An essential oil or oil from the plant is a hydrophobic liquid containing aromatic compounds extracted from plant. Oil is essential when it contains the essence of the plant’s fragrance. Essential oils are generally extracted from the plant by distillation, expression, extraction, cold pressing, and resin tapping. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soap, and flavoring of food and drink.
How to make Essential Oil
It is possible to produce your essential oil by yourself without spending huge sum of money, the production of essential oil is an art and the temperature, and pressure level must be maintained throughout the process so as not to destroy the quality of the oil.
Though the cost of production of Essential oil is expensive, buying of essential is an option that you might consider if you don’t have much money at the moment, but you should be careful about when buying and make sure that you read the label and seal before buying and check for certification on the label of essential oil to make sure that they are properly certified by the government agency responsible for food and agriculture certification in your home country. This is important if you are going to use them for cooking or aromatherapy.
Using this method, you will be able to extract essential oils from plants you might not think that you can oil from.
Now that you are prepared to make your own essential oil, there are important thing that you should remember:
- The plant must be organic, that means that it should be free from fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers and other dangerous chemicals, this is to ensure that the essential oil you produce is free from harmful chemicals that you are trying to avoid.
- The product you will produce might not be as potent as what you buy from the store but your mind should be at rest that it is natural and safe.
- You can use fresh or dried plant.
- You can use herbs, spices or flower petals.
- Always store your natural essential oil in a colored glass container in a cool and dark place.
- · A large pot with lid
- Distilled Water
- Fresh plant that you want to extract oil from
- Place the plant in the pot; add distilled water to the pot. Make sure that there is enough space left inside the pot after adding plant and distilled water, at least the plant and water should be covered ¾ of the pot.
- Place the lid on the pot, make sure that the pot is well sealed; the steam will be formed at the inside of the lid. The steam formed at the inside of the lid will condense and fall back to the pot. This process will help you to not lose water.
- Cooked the pot to make the water to become hot, once it is hot let it simmer for five minutes.
- After the plant is cooked, turn off and let it cool for some minutes, gently pour the water from the pot into a container and place it in the refrigerator and leave it overnight.
- A thin film of oil will be formed on top of the container, use separating funnel to separate the oil from the water. If the extracted oil might have water, you can gently heat the oil to turn the liquid to steam for few minutes.
- The extracted oil is your essential oil, pour the oil into a colored bottle, label the bottle according to the plant that you extract the oil from.
- Store the bottle containing your essential oil in a dark place so as to prevent heat and light.
- Plant material
- Cotton or linen bag
- Distilled water
- A piece of cloth
- · Place the plant material into a cotton or linen bag, tie the top of the bag, and place in a pot containing ¾ of distilled water.
- Boil the water for some minutes and allow it to simmer slowly for 24 hours.
- The oil forms a film on the surface of the water.
- Collect the oil from the surface of the water to a container, and cover it with a piece of cloth for up to five to seven days so as to evaporate the remaining water out of the oil.
- Pour the extracted oil out of the container to a dark or colored bottle.
- Store your natural and homemade essential oil in a dark place.
- A glass bottle containing alcohol
- Plant material
- Put the plant material in a bottle containing alcohol for two weeks.
- Pour it into a container and allow the alcohol to evaporate.
- Collect the oil and put it into a dark or colored container.
- Store it in a dark and cool place.
You can use your naturally essential oil just like any other oil that you purchase from the market.