In many cases, it might be best to leave the production of essential oils to the professionals. However, if you are an individual who either is interested in making essential oils or who would just enjoy learning more about the process, then this article will be quite interesting.
We generally create essential oils through the process of steam distillation. There are three ways to distil the oils. They include the use of water, direct steam and water and steam. What type of steam distillation we use depends on the plant material and what condition it arrives in.
We steam plants or flowers to create essential oils. The steam suspends the essential oil from the plant material. After we allow the steam to cool, it turns to water and the essential oil sits on top of the water, as oil and water do not mix. Then we take the oil from the water.
Cold pressing is another method which we use to make essential oils. Mostly we use cold pressing to extract the essential oils from citrus fruits such as tangerine, orange and lemon. We take the peelings from the fruit and then cold press them so that the essential oils can be collected.
Enfleurage is also a method we use to extract essential oils. We press flower petals into wax or warm oils until the essential oils come away from the flower petal and into the warm oils or wax.
Solvent extraction is the most common way to make essential oils. It is also the most expensive way to do so. However, it provides the best results. Solvent extraction involves taking flower petals and mixing them with a solvent such as benzene or petroleum. This process continues until we take out all of the essential oil of the flower. The oil extraction solution is filtered so that the plant’s essential oils are separated from the solution.
There are several common ways that we use to make essential oils. They include solvent extraction, enfleurage, cold pressing and steam distillation. All of these methods are highly effective to extract the essential oils from fruit, flowers and plants. The process does require some expertise, so if you are planning on attempting to create your own essential oils, you will need to look further into the process. A good book on the process may be order. You can likely find ones at your local bookstore, library or online. If you have a plant near where you live that makes essential oils, you may call them up and request a tour.