Steam distillation of essential oils

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Steam distillation of essential oils

Post: #277437 dave45
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:16 pm

Does anyone have any experience in this?
I decided to have a go with orange peel to try and distil orange oil.... I understood that in the distillate the oil would float on the water, and you pour it carefully off. Can't see anything floating... I can smell it though !

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Re: Steam distillation of essential oils

Post: #277439 doofaloofa
Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:56 am

I worked on a lemon balm farm and helped load the cut herb into the boiler

It was my understanding that the oils evaporated and were condensed like you see in a whiskey still
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Re: Steam distillation of essential oils

Post: #277440 Green Aura
Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:08 am

Citrus essential oils aren't made by steam distillation - in fact they aren't true essential oils. They are made from a "concrete" and contain wax, which is why they are pretty much the only oils that have a really short shelf lie - about 12 months.

Doofaloofa - Melissa is one of the hardest essential oils to obtain. The plants give up such a small amount they're processed several times - hence true Melissa EO costing about £70 for 5ml!

Could you both try something desperate to give up its oil, like lavender or pine. :lol:
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Re: Steam distillation of essential oils

Post: #277442 doofaloofa
Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Green Aura wrote:Doofaloofa - Melissa is one of the hardest essential oils to obtain. The plants give up such a small amount they're processed several times - hence true Melissa EO costing about £70 for 5ml!



thats what they said
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Re: Steam distillation of essential oils

Post: #277443 dave45
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:12 pm

I was going to try lemon balm last year but never got around to it (I have loads growing in the garden)... My lavender plants all died !
I was trying orange peel as a warm-up / practice.

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Re: Steam distillation of essential oils

Post: #277445 doofaloofa
Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:40 pm

They had about 10 acres, i think, and only got a small bottle of oil, as Green Aura remarked
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