How to make Extract Herbal Oils

    Step-by-step process for extracting oils

  • Place the leaves of the herb in a pot and cover with water.
  • Place a vegetable steamer in the pot over the top of the leaves and water.
  • Put a measuring cup inside the steamer.
  • Place the lid on the pot upside down, so that the handle is pointing towards the measuring cup.
  • Boil the water to steam the leaves.

    The water will condense and evaporate, and the condensation will slide toward the handle and into the measuring cup.

  • Put approximately four ice cubes on top of the upside down pot lid to hasten the steam condensation.
  • Turn off the heat once all the ice has melted.
  • Take off the lid, discard the ice cube water,  then remove the glass measuring cup.
  • Pour the measuring cup contents into a separating funnel, but make sure the stopcock at the bottom of the funnel is closed.
  • Close the top of the funnel and shake vigorously.
  • Invert the funnel and then open to release the pressure.

    The oil will float to the top of the water, effectively separating the two substances.

  • Put a glass bottle beneath the stopcock and release the water.
  • Pour the oil into a tinted glass bottle.

    Repeat the process up to three more times to pull more oil from the leaves.

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