Have you ever wondered how essential oils and floral/herbal waters are made? In this live feed I show you how I make my own essential oil rich hydrosols. You can see the essential oil floating on top of my steam distilled flowers and herbs but it would take a ‘ton’ (in some cases literally a ton) to make a usable amount of fresh essential oil at home.
In this presentation I use a water distiller that has been recommended by the seller as a essential oil still. I like it because it works to make strong large quantities (gallon) of floral waters and herbal waters that I use in my beauty creations. It is composed of stainless steel and glass which are materials I am confident using in high heat and highly corrosive conditions. Essential oils can break down many metals and plastics so extracting them from plant matter is tricky business. Some metals traditionally used for this process I have researched may be soft enough to be released under high heat conditions so I avoid using those metals which may end up in my finished product.
Hydrosols are sometimes referred to as hydrolats, distillate waters or floral waters. Explained as simply as possible, a hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling or hydro-distilling botanical material such as lavender. In this case we have lemongrass essential oil floating on top of the finished distillate and the water which is the vehicle used to carry the oil out of the plant matter is hydrosol. It is highly fragrant and wonderful for many different beauty and bath preparations.
Come on back and see the finished product after 24 hours of steam distillation on November 24, 2018. We will be live in the evening to pour off the lemongrass distillate into bottles which will be stored in a special fridge here at Jentle Soaps in my soapy kitchen.
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