Essential oils are a, forgive the pun, essential part of life for many people. These days there are a lot of
uses, from medical ones, like using Tea Tree oil to relieve your sinuses, to more practical ones like using
lemongrass oil to keep bugs away. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, most of them are made via a
form of plant extraction.
Use plant extraction to create essential oils is a process so old, nobody knows exactly for sure when
people began using it. To say something was created via plant extraction is largely a meaningless
statement, as that can refer to several different methods of taking the desirable parts of any given plant,
and taking out the inner oils or essentials out to the surface. There are plenty plant extraction methods that
have more scientific purposes that can’t produce something like an oil, but still produce beneficial results
for studying different types of plants and their make up. However for this article, we will instead focus on
a couple of the easier methods.
Making Your Own Essential Oils
The first and easiest way to make low-strength oils is to take the plant of your choosing (Echenecea,
Lavender, Lemongrass, etc) and place them inside of a non-metal container (anything glass or ceramic
will really do the trick here) and pour in enough oil (of your choice, but sunflower oil is recommended.
Olive oil tends to have too strong of a flavor) to cover the plants themselves and let them sit for a couple
of days, then strain out the oil and press the leaves themselves to get the last of the juices out.
So for that method you’ll need:
1: A Non-Metal Bowl
2: Sunflower Oil
3: Your Choice of Plant Matter
4: A Strainer
5: Two Days!
The other option is to use an actual oil still, which you can either purchase at some specialty shops, or
more likely you’ll just pick up online. Now, they are pretty expensive, but if you’re serious about your
plant extraction then that’s the way to go. You could of course also build your own, however that is a bit
beyond the scope of this article, although there are several good resources online for building your own