How To Distil Essential Oils

The extraction and distillation processes significantly impact the quality of essential oils. We take pride in offering pure and natural oils, with our distillation method playing a pivotal role in achieving this standard.

Steam Distillation

The most widely employed method for extracting aromatic compounds or essential oils from plants is steam distillation. This gentle process involves steam passing through plant material, facilitating the release of essential oils from protective sacs within the plant. The resulting vapor mixture undergoes condensation, separating into oil and water. The collected oil forms a layer atop the water, ready for collection.

Steam distillation typically operates within a temperature range of 140 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, varying depending on the plant. Different plants necessitate specific pressures, durations, and temperatures, knowledge acquired through practical experience in oil distillation.

Factors Influencing Oil Quality

The equipment used in the distillation process can impact oil quality. The size and material of the cooking chamber, condenser type, and separator all contribute to the final result. Opting for a non-reactive metal cooking chamber is recommended to prevent undesirable reactions with the oil.

Quality may also be compromised by excessive temperatures and pressures during distillation. Overheating can alter the pH level of the oil, emphasizing the importance of utilizing low temperatures and pressures for optimal results.

Reputable companies prioritize reliable distillation methods to safeguard oil quality. Some companies may compromise by using non-organic plant materials, introducing solvents, or skipping essential stages in the distillation process.

At Jersey Lavender, we welcome guests to witness the distillation process firsthand. Visitors between early June and late August can explore our distillery and attend informative talks for a comprehensive understanding of the entire process.


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