My supply of essential oils swiftly dwindles as I utilize them in the products I make and sell. To assure the highest quality and yield, I cultivate my medicinal herbs and plants without pesticides or other nasty who knows what ‘Big Ag’ uses these days. Many of the cosmetics I make use herbs that I cultivate on my own. Nonetheless, I need to extract priceless oils from them. On this cold day, I devised a plan to accomplish this goal. My inability to sit still for extended periods was a driving force in creating the Modern Roots Essential Oil Still.
While preparing chicken stock in a pressure cooker, I got the brilliant idea to use the escaping steam to steam anything I wanted, provided I could find a way to redirect it. Very simple. Of course, I could refrain from detonating a bomb in my chest.
- 10′ of 3/8 “Copper-based metal tube. For your convenience, it comes double-wrapped and ready to be rolled or bought.
- You may use a bigger pressure cooker (between 6 and 8 quarts), but I stick to smaller batches because I value precision and efficiency above speed. Please take note that I am a major admirer of thrift shops; but, in this case, I thought it essential to get a brand new one to guarantee that all the safety valves and such work correctly and won’t cause my kitchen and I to be blown to smithereens. A pleasant scent would be nice, but let’s try to keep things from getting to that point in the first place.
- You’ll need a long and skinny plastic tub or container to soak your copper coils in the fridge. Since cold water is heavier than warm water, the coils should be positioned at the container’s base.
- The Putty Used in the Plumbing Industry
- 3/8 “the use of clear or threaded tubing
- glass container for holding lavender oil and water
- An injection syringe made specifically for use in meat is a useful instrument.
- Please refer to the attached presentation for more clarifications.
Building an essential oil distiller needs procduce a breeze. Connect the tube to the copper pipe and insert it into the pressure cooker. Reduce the size. It must be the appropriate length to stand erect, but not too long that it droops. Put some pressure on using the little clamp. For example, if you have four cups of lavender, you’ll need twelve cups of boiling water. Fill the pressure cooker with boiling water until the plant material is covered. Remember that dried plants and herbs need more water than their fresh counterparts. Submerge the coils in a tub of ice water to keep them cool; if the water heats up, add additional ice or replace it with new cold water. Be prepared with a container to catch the oils and essential hot water as it drips out. As the picture shows, everything is set to go. Hold your fire at a medium-high temperature and keep your identity a secret. If the tube and pressure cooker leak after being started, the plumber’s putty may be used to plug the area. The seal may also be improved by applying downward pressure on the copper tubing used to connect the pressure cooker.
Both the oils floating on the surface and those suspended in the water may be removed using a syringe. You may use the remaining lavender water or essential water to make a natural fabric softener by combining it with vinegar (instructions for this are included in the “Recipes” section), to spray the air in the room, or to freshen the sheets and bedding in your bedroom. Essential oils, in general, contain anti-microbial and anti-fungal characteristics that make them useful for combating the yucky stuff that develops in your home.
Assuming I choose to distill liquor at home. I can tell the air is being cleaned since it has a lovely aftertaste. Now that’s what I call a thorough spring cleaning!
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