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The Essential Oil Maker's Handbook : Extracting, Distilling and Enjoying Plant Essences - Bettina Malle

The Essential Oil Maker's Handbook

Extracting, Distilling and Enjoying Plant Essences

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2015
ISBN: 9781943015009
Number Of Pages: 156

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Learn to produce essential oils and hydrosols under the guidance of Austrian master distillers Helge Schmickl and Bettina Malle. Translated from its original German, The Essential Oil Maker's Handbook goes far beyond most books on the subject into the realm of small-scale production.

Producing your own essential oils and hydrosols in small quantities is easier than you might think, especially with the guidance of Austrian master distillers Helge Schmickl and Bettina Malle. Translated from its original German, The Essential Oil Maker's Handbook has been revised and updated to include information on hydrosols, the aromatic water once considered a mere by-product but now recognized as a valuable substance in itself. Learn how to make your own shower gels and creams using essential oils that you created yourself out of materials from your garden and pantry, without chemical additives.

The authors provide guidance, based on data from their own experiences, on the harvesting, processing, and use of 130 indigenous and exotic plants as well as the necessary equipment for oil extraction. This guide covers in detail:

  • Effective procedures
  • Necessary equipment
  • Suitable plants
  • Practical uses for your oils
  • Tips and tricks
Including about 40 base recipes for personal care products - from bathing additives to facial and body care to perfume - this book provides a solid foundation for both beginners and professionals. This detailed and authoritative reference is indispensable in appreciating the production and wide range of applications of essential oils.

About the Authors

Bettina Malle and Helge Schmickl graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in 1991 with masters of science in chemical engineering and received doctorates in technical sciences in 1993. They have published books and conduct workshops on the production of vinegar, distilled spirits, and essential oils, emphasizing the use of fruits and herbs right from the garden. Bettina and Helge have been married since 2002. That same year they moved to Klagenfurt, Carinthia (Austria), where they host their seminars and conduct research and developments in fermenting and distilling. They have two children.

1. Historical Overview

2. Basics
  • WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS AND HYDROSOLS? - Essential oils, Hydrosols, Extracts, Aqueous extracts, Alcoholic or oily extracts
  • USES - Aroma baths, Flavoring, Skin care, Fragrant oil burners, Hair care, Internal uses, Body and massage oils, Liqueurs, Perfumes
  • EXTRACTION METHODS - Steam distillation, Fractional distillation, Co-distillation, Cold pressing, Solvent extraction, Enfleurage, Maceration/Infusion, Resinoid process, Carbon dioxide extraction

  • 3. Making Your Own Oil, Step by Step
  • STEAM DISTILLATION - The principle, Stills, Building your own still, Tea kettle, Pressure cooker, Wok still, Classic still with a lyne arm, Classic still with a vertical condenser, Glass still, Buying a still, Small stills, Large stills - Preparing the plants - Harvest: Roses and jasmine, Lavender, Herbs, Citrus fruits, Seeds, Branches - Cutting up the plants: Citrus fruits, Spice seeds, Dried herbs, Fresh herbs, Juniper berries, Bark, Petals, Conifers - The distillation process - Filling - Distilling - Double distillation: First distillation, Second distillation
  • SEPARATING THE HYDROSOL AND THE OIL - Syringe: Oils lighter than water, Oils heavier than water - Pipette - Separatory funnel: Oils lighter than water, Oils heavier than water - Automatic oil separator - Florentine flask or essencier - Cleanliness
  • STORING OILS - Excessively high and low temperatures

  • 4. Distillable Materials
  • TYPES OF PLANTS, SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISTILLATION - Allspice / pimento, Angelica, Anise, star anise, Balm, lemon balm, bee balm, Balsam poplar, Basil, Bay laurel, Bay rum tree / West Indian bay tree, Benzoin, Bergamot, Birch Bitter orange / neroli, Bitter orange / petitgrain, Broom, Cajuput, Camphor, Caraway, Cumin, Cardamom, Cedar, Celery, Chamomile, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary sage, Clementine, Clove, Cotton lavender, Cypress, Damiana, Davana, Dill, Elecampane, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fir, Douglas, Frankincense, Garlic, Geranium, storksbill, pelargonium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Ground ivy, Hemp, Hogweed, Hops, Hyssop, Iris, Jasmine, Juniper, Larch, Lavender and lavandin, Lemon, Lemon verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Lovage, Marigold, Marjoram, Mint: spearmint, pennyroyal, field mint, peppermint, Mountain pine, Mugwort, Myrrh, Myrtle, Narcissus, Nutmeg, Oakmoss, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Palo santo, Parsley, Patchouli, Pepper, Peppermint, Queen Anne's Lace (Wild Carrot), Ramson, Rockrose, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Rue, Sage, Sandalwood, amyris, Savory, Scotch pine, Spike lavender, Spikenard, Spruce, Norway spruce, St. John's wort, Strawflower, immortelle, everlasting, Swiss pine, Tangerine, Tansy, Tarragon, Tea tree, Thuja, Thyme, wild thyme / creeping thyme, Tuberose, night hyacinth, Turmeric, Valerian, Alpine valerian, spikenard, Vetiver, Violet, Wattle, mimosa, Wormwood, mugwort, Yarrow, Yellow jade orchid blossoms, champaca, Joy, Ylang-ylang / cananga

  • 5. Using Your Oils
  • BASE SUBSTANCES AND MATERIALS Neutral carrier oils: Almond oil, Avocado oil, Corn oil, Jojoba oil, Macadamia oil, Olive oil, Sesame oil, Soy oil, Sunflower oil, Walnut oil - Additives: Alcohol, Beeswax, Hydrosol, Lanolin (wool fat), Soap flakes, Soft soap - Shaking the hydrosol - Equipment
  • BATH ADDITIVES - Full bath additive, Bath salts, Shower gel, Footbath additive
  • FACIAL AND BODY CARE - Milky cleanser, Cleansing oil, Makeup remover, Exfoliant (face scrub), Face packs, Facial cleanser, Facial cream, Night cream, Massage oil, Facial oil, Sunscreen oil, Deodorant, Mouthwash
  • SHAVING - Shaving soap, Aftershave
  • HAIR CARE - Shampoo, Hair tonic (conditioner)
  • SOAP
  • LIQUEURS - Absinthe flavor (Swiss style I), Absinthe flavor (Swiss style II), Anise I, Anise II, Caraway, Caraway, Breslau style, Caraway, Danzig style, Carmelite style, Cherry, Jenever style, Krambambula, Lemon, Peppermint - Crèmes: Anise, Anisette, Bitter liqueur, Caraway liqueur (Magdeburg style), Danziger Goldwasser style, Eisenbahn (railroad) liqueur, Peppermint liqueur I, Peppermint liqueur II, Raspberry, Rose liqueur
  • MISCELLANEOUS - Black tea, Sauna infusions, Fragrant oil burners, Potpourri, Air freshener sprays, Gauze pads, Inhalant, Ironing water, Laundry

  • 6. Frequently Asked Questions

    7. Harvest Calendar

    ISBN: 9781943015009
    ISBN-10: 1943015007
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 156
    Published: 1st September 2015
    Publisher: Spikehorn Press
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 18.4  x 1.8
    Weight (kg): 0.45

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