Essential oil is concentrated oil that is known to contain the essence, or aroma, of a plant. While essential oils have been used in perfumes, cosmetics and incense for decades, aromatherapy has revitalized people's interest in these wonderfully fragrant, soothing oils as a way to promote calmer or more positive moods based on smell.
Aromatherapy uses the aromatic compounds found in plant extracts that are known to have medicinal properties. The smell of other plants may increase a person's sense of calmness and others may even have an uplifting effect on the mind.
Our Essential Oil Use Chart explains all about the popular oils and shows you the best places to buy them.
The short answer is Yes, it is possible to make your own essential oil at home. You'll find that making your own essential oil can save you a bit of money and you'll also be certain of the aromas you'll be getting, however...
Be prepared for a high initial cash outlay!
Making your own pure essential oils at home involves a distilling process and this means purchasing or building your own still! While it is possible to make your own still from various items around the home, it may be safer to purchase a home still from an online store.
A good Still can set you back a few hundred dollars, but you can also find the parts you need in a home-brew store or the specialist section in a hardware store.
And for in depth directions I would advise that you get one of the plans being offered on Ebay or this one on Amazon The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still.
Alternatively the oil infusions below cost very little and give great results, and they are far easier than trying to make your own essential oil.
Lets face it a home still is not something that you want to invest in if you just want to have a little try at this. Distillation is also a fairly modern method for making essential oils. So as a beginner we recommend that you start with an alternative and more traditional oil infusion process.
An oil infusion will give you very nice fragrant results, and although not as strong as distilled essential oil you can vary the strength for your needs, and you will not need to dilute.
The key to making good oil infusions is choosing the right materials. You'll need to use pale colored oil that has a mild scent that won't over-power the flowers, herbs or spices you intend to use with it. Olive oil, jojoba oil, safflower oil, almond oil or canola oil can often work very well.
You can use almost any garden herb when you make your own essential oil. You should use the leaves and flowers, but avoid using any woody stems or branches. Always chop the leaves to release their scent before you add them to the oil. The most popular are lavender, rosemary, peppermint, thyme and lemon balm.
Perhaps the most common spices found in essential oils are the most aromatic. The most popular seem to be cinnamon, coriander, cumin, nutmeg and cloves. You will need to crush the spices to release their aromas fully before adding them to your oils with a mortar and pestle.
Scented flowers are very popular additions into many homemade essential oils. You can decide to use one or a combination of flowers in your own oils. Be sure you use the petals only as these hold much of the fragrance you want. Cut the flowers while they are still not completely opened and remove the petals for use in your oils.
Most fragrant flowers are fine to use in essential oil, such as roses, carnations, frangipani, hyacinth, lavender, violets, marigolds and plenty of others.
You can make your own infusions from rose petals.
Some aromatherapy oils are excellent to use as sensual massage oil to help heighten the senses. For this infusion you will need approximately 1/4 cup of mixed jasmine flowers, lavender flowers and grated vanilla beans.
You should find that the aroma is quite subtle, but will become more pronounced when the oil is heated slightly by the natural warmth of your skin during a sensual massage.
We hope you enjoyed this article on how to make your own essential oil and infusions. If you've tried to make your own essential oil or infusions at home or if you have alternative homemade essential oil recipes you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you, please use the form below to post your results or recipes.
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