Essential oils are quite expensive and finding the one that best fits you can be a drag. Making your essential oil may not seem feasible. However, there are easy and cheap ways of making your own essential oils.
DIY essential oils will bring the same pleasure as buying. Apart from that, you can also create your own mixture that will specifically target your need. Thus, if you want to enjoy the bliss of aromatic essential oils but don’t want to spend much, here is a simple guide in making your own essential oil:
How To Make Your Own Essential Oil?
Basically, essential oils are resilient oils that are extracted from plants and other sources. Typically, the extraction method starts with distilling the steam. Still is used to extract oils from the source. Still cost a little bit expensive. But, perhaps if you find a way to extract the oil without using a still will save you a lot of money.
One important tip when DIYing your own essential oil are the sketchy ingredients on the internet. Most of those recipes are infused oils, which is actually different from essential oils.
Essential Oils Versus Infused Oils
Infused oils are extracted through soaking herbs to a specific oil to juice out its active compounds. calendula, lavender, and other botanicals are a few of the most commonly used for healing.
Essential oils, on the other hand, most of them are steam distilled. The process of distilling starts with simmering the plants to excrete steam that will travel through a tube. After, it will run through cold water and condense the extract into two kinds of liquid: water compound and oil compound. The essential oil compound is the component that rises on top of the floral water or the water compound.
Basic Steps in DIY Essential Oil Extraction
Making your own essential oil will give you the freedom of mixing ingredients to your looking. You can put all your favourite scents and plants and make a unique blend of aroma.
DIY Essential Oil Ingredients and Requirements
- Crockpot with lid
- Distilled water
- Fresh plant materials (3-4 cups)
- Patience and time
DIY Essential Oil Process
Step 1: Gather all your fresh plant materials and place them in a crockpot and fill it with distilled water. The water must only fill a little less than ¾ of the pot. The lid must be positioned upside down to help allow the steam to form and condense and drip back into the mixture.
Step 2: put on high heat to bring the water to boil and simmer for three to four hours if the water is already hot.
Step 3: If you notice that the plant is cooked down, turn off the heat and let it cool. After, place the mixture or your crockpot into the fridge and leave it until the next day.
Step 4: Take out the crockpot from your fridge and open it. You will see a thin layer of oil forming on top of your crockpot. Carefully lift the soil oil film, but, do it fast. DIY essential oils can melt quickly upon taking it out from the fridge.
Step 5: Place the essential oil into a small glass bottle with a cap and label it. However, if you notice a little bit of water in your oil, you can just simply heat up the oil to produce steam and at the same time eradicating the remaining water. *Tip: don’t heat your essential oil too long because it may lose its potency.
DIY Essential Oil Tips
- Use only fresh pant materials and prevent using dried ones. Although dried materials can also produce oil, fresh plants however will bring more potency. Also, it is important to check for bug infestation and diseases.
- Three to four cups of plant materials is an ideal volume to produce a few teaspoons of essential oils.
- Thoroughly chop the plants to increase the surface volume and to completely extract the oil from the plant.
- Only use distilled water and avoid using tap water. Tap water can have a lot of bacteria that can disrupt the whole process and compromise the intended use of your essential oil.
DIY essential oil is surprisingly easy to make. Aside from having the freedom in choosing your won mixture, it will also help you discover more plants and ingredients that deliver a lot of benefits to your holistic health.