Due to the variety of its use, the essential oil has reached a very large degree of popularity. After many years this oil can be bought in almost any pharmacy or any herbal pharmacies. In recent years, it was not the case, as only rare pharmacy had a license to sell essential oils. The reason for this lies in very rigorous and very specific plants that could not be part of the essential oil. But all manufacturers have found ways to place their oils on the market and how they can make money on them.
You can make the essential oil by yourself, but you must be absolutely sure of the substances that you put in some oil. If you put any wrong plant, or put anything that does not suit you personally might result in unwanted complications. Each person has a different skin, and every man needs a different skin care. If you put a plant that your body will not accept, your own medicine may cause various irritations, or various blisters that will arise on your skin. Therefore you must be absolutely sure of what you put in your essential oil. When you are sure, it’s time to make your essential oil.
First you need the distillation apparatus. If, however you do not have sufficient financial resources, here’s what you need to make a distillation apparatus:
- heat source, where are you going to cook water
- open flame
- reservoirs for water and grids
- capacitor (which collects the steam and cool it)
- separator, which separates the essential oil from water vapor
When we talk about making the distiller, the most important is that you have a sense of Mechanics and you know where that part shall be placed, as well as to think about sources and costs of fuel. Sometimes it’s better to save a little money and buy a ready distiller.
The amount of essential oils that are found in some plants varies during plant development. So it is necessary, however, to devote to research when it is best perform distillation process. This of course depends on the type of plant. Also, it is important to properly collect the plant, because of improper parts and picking the wrong time, can significantly reduce the amount of essential oil. Generally, the best plants those are whole, or not powdered or broken.
The process of drying the plants greatly increases the yield for parts, because if in each part will be able to fit a large quantity of plants, and thereby obtained and a large quantity of oil. One should avoid direct sunlight, because drying in the dark and cold room reduces the possibility of loss of essential oils. As soon as the plants are dry, start with the process of distillation. If you’re not in the mood to take this route, in markets and in specialty stores can be found already dried plants.
If you have a distiller, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the amount of water. In essence, it is best to use filtered and soft water. Depending on the type and quantity of plants, distillation process can last from 30 minutes to 6 hours, or even more when viewed from the moment when the water boils.
Depending on the length of the distillation process, you may need to change the water in the condenser, so that the process of cooling goes without interruptions.
If you want, you can strain resulting oil through gauze. But before that, you must make sure that the gauze is completely clean, because the shampoo and dirt can contaminate the oil.
Pour the oil into a container for storage. Do this as quickly as possible. Most essential oils can be kept for at least two years, but some species are extremely sensitive, and have a shorter lifespan. To maximize the lifespan of the obtained oil, keep it in a dark glass bottle in a cool, dark place. Also, it is essential that little bottle and funnel which you use for pouring, are completely clean.
Note that you will need a large quantity of plants to get a decent amount of essential oil.
Also, it is best to you use plants that you have grown or organically grown ones. Different types of chemicals which form the polluted plants can poison your oil.
It is advisable to dilute essential oil before you apply it on the skin. The best “parting agents” are: almond oil and oil from seeds of grapes.