Essential oils are oils extracted from plants and can be used as an aid for stress and skin disorders. These oils are extracted using an essential oil distiller. The technique used by the Egyptians during the past is pretty much the same with the method we used today. In the same manner, the French Perfume Industry also developed a method to remove the fragrant oil from flower petals. The said method is known as enfleurage.
These distillers can be used at home as long as your resources are available. The steps regarding the construction of these improvised distillers are listed below.
- Prepare the materials. You will need 2 clean plastic jugs, copper piping, tea kettle with no opening on the top, rubber stopper, liquid sealant, a drill and a drill bit, glass container, meat thermometer, and tennis ball can.
- Drill a hole on the lid of the first jug. The copper piping should fit the hole. Do the same with the bottom part of the jug.
- Drill a hole on the bottom of the second jug. The copper piping should run through the hole.
- Cut the copper long enough to run from the metal kettle to the first jug.
- Cut another copper that can run from the first jug to the second jug.
- Coil the piping 7 times around the tennis ball can. One end should be long enough to run from the first jug to the exit of the second jug.
- Place the rubber stopper in the tea kettle. Put the other end to the lid of the first jug.
- Drill a hole in the stopper using a 19 mm drill bit.
- Fill the first jug with a plant and screw on the lid.
- One end of the copper pipe should be put in one end of the first jug then through the tea kettle. Put the other end through the lid of the first milk jug.
- Place the long straight end of the coiled copper wire into the hole at the bottom of the first jug. The coiled part of the copper should be placed into the second milk jug. Run the other end of the copper pipe out of the drilled hole. Pipes should also reach the glass container because it will hold the essential oils that you are going to distill.
- Seal all of the openings using a sealant.
- Put ice water into the second jug.
- Situate the glass container at the end of the copper pipe running out at the bottom of the second jug.
- Fill the kettle with water.
- Place the kettle on the stove on high heat.
As the water boils, the steam will penetrate the plant. In turn, the steam will also capture the essential oils. The ice will cool the steam and the copper piping through the ice will separate the oils from the water.
With this improvised essential oil distiller, you can now capture essential oils from plants even when you are at home.