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Lavender Essential Oil - How to Make it - 25 June 2010

  Luck would have it that in owning an illegal still for making alcohol can be easily explained to the authorities by saying that you are not making moonshine brandy, but are in fact creating essential oils, which is completely legal and for which you need a still. Two birds one stone comes to mind.

To keep my bees happy and to add a bit of a twang to my honey I grow quite a lot of lavendar in my garden as well as plant lots of the stuff around the village.

A Lavender Plant

It also has its other uses when in the oil form though. I use it in small quantities in my beeswax polish, and have used it whilst making candles also. To make the essential oil you will need a still with a condenser, freshly cut lavender, and a bit of patience. The lavender is suspended above water in the still, as the oil is best extracted using steam rather than just placed in the water. I use some chicken wire to make a basket which I suspend above water. When the steam condenses with the essential oil it is quite easy to seperate out from the water. You do need an awful lot of lavender though. I got about 200 ml of essential oil from about 4kg of cuttings from my lavendar plants. If you don't have a still or can't be bothered to make your own you can buy it from the Gudlife shop here.


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