Does anyone make their own essential oils? I've been looking at essential oil distillers, but have discovered it's a complex topic with different kinds of distillers and distillation methods. They're pricey enough that I don't want to buy one just to see if how it works and if I like the product it produces. So I'd be interested in the experiences and advice of others before venturing any further. Anyone?
I took a class a couple years ago on distilling EOs. I learned a lot, but have not invested in the equipment to distill my own. IF I were to get a distiller, I would purchase from Heart Magic (link below). Distillers sold on Amazon are made in China and pieces often don't fit correctly.
It takes a LOT of plant material to get a very small amount of EO. It also takes a lot of time. As an herbalist, I do use some EOs, but not enough to justify the investment of time or money. So, there you have my $0.02 worth.
Bonnie, thank you for that. I've heard of the heart magic, and have not been at all impressed with the ones on Amazon, nor do I need a 3-gallon distiller!
I got interested in it when I started using oregano EO for worming goats. I have a huge bed of oregano and figured it would pay off in the long run to make my own. Plus a few of the others I like to use and can grow.
Leigh, from my understanding, the oregano oil you normally find commercially is distilled from a different species than what we normally grow in the garden. I don't have Latin names at the moment, but can find them if needed.
Leigh Tate wrote:Interesting! If it's not too much trouble, I'd definitely be interested in that information.
From my notes: "Active constituents in oregano oil - thymol, carvacrol - from wild oregano found in the Mediterranean region. Thymus capitatus found in Spain, Origanum vulgare found throughout the Mediterranean region." I believe these constituents are found in more significant levels in these varieties. Thymus capitatus EO will be labeled as oregano - same family, different name (ugh, botanists sometimes). However, common oregano is still a good herb. I often use it in tea. Hope this helps.
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