Practical Skills: How to Make Essential Oil

Essential oils are used in a variety of different products that you can make yourself. They are aromatic oils that exist within plants and flowers, and are the concentrated essences of those plants and flowers.

While it is possible to buy these oils, it would ultimately be much cheaper to make them yourself, though a bit more difficult. For now, I am going to outline a method of extracting these oils with little difficulty. There are better ways, which are also more difficult ways, to do it, but until I do them myself, I will concentrate on the easier method.

What you need:
Oil, olive or any other very lightly scented oil
Herb you wish to extract oils from

For every cup of oil you’ll need 1/4 of an ounce of herbs.

First, you’ll need to mix the oil and herbs together, heating them up in a crock pot on low heat for about 6 hours. Another method would be combining them in a mason jar and setting in the sun for 2 weeks.
Once the time is up, be it 6 hours or 2 weeks, the liquid needs to be strained with a cheese cloth. Avoid any cloth that has been bleached, as this will contaminate your final product. Empty into a clean mason jar, label it with contents and the date created, and store in a cool, dry spot. Shelf life is generally about 6 months.

That’s all! Now you have a very simple method of extracting the essential oils from plants and flowers.

– Miranda Vivian


  1. June 3, 2006 at 11:42 am

    […] Now that you know how to make essential oils, there are many other things you can make that require these oils. One of those things is insect repellent. It is summer time now. Time for mosquitoes, time for yellow jackets, time for ticks. Basically, it's time for bugs! Who wouldn't want to know how to keep them away without the use of deet? […]

  2. maggi turner said,

    November 21, 2007 at 2:30 am

    hi i would like to make my own face creams how many drops of oils are required to the amount of base cream

  3. Aftermath said,

    November 21, 2007 at 4:07 am

    First of all, making your own herbal products with oils is not an exact science. I’ve personally made sunscreen (and after-burn lotion), first aid cream, shampoo and conditioner, and lotions of different varieties all through trial and error.
    What oils are you using in your face cream?
    What other ingredients will be included in your cream?
    What will your face cream do? Cleanse? Moisturize? Is it for dry skin? Oily skin?
    All of these are factors for how much of any given ingredient you will use.

    – Miranda Vivian

    • Amanda said,

      September 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      WOW!!! Could you maybe send me a link or a recipe for your shampoo? I can’t seem to get it right :-(

  4. Batshua said,

    March 13, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been scouring the web for a way to make my own essential oils that didn’t involve pressing or building a still. I knew there had to be a way that was essentially steeping without all the fancy equipment, and now I have a way to do it that I know will work. I can’t wait to try it out!

  5. ami said,

    March 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    is it right to use any kind of herbs or flowers to make essential oil?
    (eg. chrysanteum)
    I can’t wait to try it!

    • Donna said,

      May 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      I’ve read several books on this and some plants should be avoided due to health risks.

  6. Di Collins said,

    April 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    What oil can I mix with 100% essential oil to burn in oil burner???????

  7. Feronia said,

    April 24, 2008 at 1:49 am

    You can actually just mix a few drops of essential oil with a bit of water in the dish of the burner. Works quite nicely.

  8. Feronia said,

    April 24, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Forgot to ask. . .am I supposed to put the lid on the mason jar? or do i leave it open?

  9. Aftermath said,

    April 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    You can pretty much use any plant or flower to make essential oil. You might want to make sure it smells pleasant though! There is one tree where I live that has flowers with a very rotten meat kind of smell. Probably wouldn’t want to use anything like that.

    What Feronia said!

    Leave the lid on, it will work better. And other things wont get into it.

    Sorry for the delay folks!

    – Miranda Vivian

  10. naufragiobella said,

    August 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    What about the worry of the oil going rancid sitting in the sun like that?

  11. carmen said,

    September 14, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for the help, I spent hours in the internet trying to find an easier way to make essential oils, You are Great. God bless you

  12. Leah Clark said,

    September 21, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    My questions is what ingredient do i add to essential oil to make it longer burning. I bought some scented burning oil in LA on the street corner that was fabulous. It did not seem to burn/evaporate fast and i was able to relight it a second time before refilling and the scent was strong and disbursed throughout the room alot better than any i have ever used…..Leah

  13. Angelo Guevara said,

    September 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Once the essential oil is made, can I then use it as a reed diffuser? can I pour the essential oil into a open vase, if you will, and simply place the sticks into it ?

    I am looking to make some essential oil from apple and cinnamon. For that I am planning to use apple peelings as well as cinnamon sticks in a crock pot for about 6-8 hours as explained earlier. I am also planning to use mineral oil.

    Does the above sound OK to you?

    Please email me at if you have any information in this regard, any information in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

  14. darlene blowers said,

    October 25, 2008 at 9:03 am

    hi,i just read an article that says you can only get essential oil through distillation,other methods would just be called oil is it true?for an instance i will do an infusion from plumeria flowers,so the product would be called plumeria oil not essential oil?the reason i ask because i also read about toxic in essential oil and has to be diluted with carrier oil before using it.

    • April Smith said,

      July 1, 2012 at 12:25 am

      The end result would be called rosemary oil, lemongrass oil etc. Yes essential oils cannot be used undiluted on skin, as it can be harmful to health and at least irritating to skin. Carrier oils recommended are apricot, grape seed, almond, sunflower, avacado, sesame, or evening primrose. A good beginner ratio is 1 drop essential to 2 ml (cc) carrier for body or 1 drop in 4 mL for face. Dont buy at grocery store because many are chemical processed. I like to buy mine at “Good Stuff”. Never place essentail oils directly on skin, it is too concentrated. A book I love, which is only $10 at Hastings is Secrets of Hot Stone and Aromatherapy Massage. It has info to make air fresheners, creams, foot powders, perfumes, diffuser oils, massage oils, and many other thing, along with how many drops of carrier oil vs essential oil. Hope this helps.

  15. darlene blowers said,

    October 25, 2008 at 9:10 am

    hi,it”s me again,another question for you,if I make lemon grass through oil infusion,do i have to dilute if with carrier oil or just use it as it is?

  16. margie said,

    November 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I think your idea of how to make oils will be very helpfull…Thanks
    From Chicago

  17. Trisha said,

    January 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Hello, I’m Trisha and I just read this article and i am sorta disshartend to know that after making these oils it has a shelf life of six months….say i wasnted to harvest oils for herbalogy and need a longer shelf life considering i hope to not get sick that often so is herbal oil diffrent from what you are talking about?

  18. Beki said,

    January 7, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Can you use mineral oil when making eucalyptus oil?

  19. Josh said,

    January 15, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hello! First, thank you for posting this! It’s easy and a great recipe.

    I am interested in making an essential oil from some great organic tea bags I have which smell gorgeous. Will the same procedure apply since the herbs used are dry? What do you recommend? I really want to use them but I don’t know if it will be effective.

    Thank you for your help!

    PS: The Aftermath information is super interesting and useful. You certainly got me thinking.

  20. Shondra said,

    February 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    i was wondering if Extra Virgin Olive Oil is required when making essential oils or can you use some less expensive type of olive oil?

  21. Aftermath said,

    February 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    We are sorry for the delay. Miranda has been very sick.

    You do not have to use olive oil, olive oil has a long tradition behind it and the ability to readily absorb medicinal compounds. Other oils have and are used for various purposes, including gaining the medicinal advantages of a particular oil.

    This method does not create an essential oil per se. An essential oil would be more concentrated than this method is likely to accomplish. That being said, if you are concerned about topical reactions, use a small amount on yourself and wait 24 hours before applying to another person. If you don’t react it will probably be fine. You should not eat medicinal oils…or really any oil unless as a relatively minor ingredient. Doing otherwise is likely to cause excessive intestinal lubrication.

    Oils can go rancid like anything else. Some oils are less prone to this, and some need to be used quickly or kept cool. Oils suspended in a beeswax base, aka an ointment, can last years in a cool dark place. Using the solar method shouldn’t cause the oil to go rancid as long as it was properly sealed.

    If the herbs are dry or fresh the procedure is effectively the same. But you may require more of the fresh herb than the dry herb and a little more time.

    Flammability can be impacted most directly by careful selection of the type of oil. I suggest trying a several oils and combinations of oils to see which burn you like best. (You can always mix oils, oil and oil mix, water and water mix, just don’t try to do a crossover.) Make sure you take careful notes while experimenting, you’d hate to find the perfect combination and forget the recipe you used.

    – Benjamin Shender

  22. Mammoushka said,

    February 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the post, I am eager to try it. I also love all the other info on the site…quite informative. I’m sorry Miranda is feeling sick, I hope she feels better soon. ~~

  23. Shana said,

    March 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for this. I know this is not the same as pure essential oils. However, I can safely assume this method will allow some benefits of an essential oil correct? What I am asking is, I can still get the benefits right? Also, for oil rancidity, I believe you can use pure vitamin E and an oil stabilizer by LorAnn Oils. (That doesn’t mean it will be antibacterial, fungal etc. it prevents the oils from going bad at a quicker rate.)

  24. mary said,

    March 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Crazy question! Can you juice the roots or thick leaves adding the juice and plup to the oil making it stronger?


  25. Garland said,

    March 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    How do I make an essential oil with myrrh resin?

  26. zao said,

    April 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    can i do this with wisteria ?????

  27. Pirsey said,

    April 22, 2009 at 2:44 am

    This topic is quite hot in the net right now. What do you pay attention to while choosing what to write about?

  28. Nestor Malvar said,

    April 23, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Instead of olive oil can i use virgin coconut oil?

  29. Sarah said,

    May 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I have a dust like stuff that came off of nag champa incense and I was wondering if it would do the same thing when cooking the oil with it. Also if you want information on different types of herbs and their uses Visit my site at Tree Hugger Clothing

  30. daisy said,

    June 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you ! I found this site to be very helpful & I’m storing it to my favorites!!! I’m now making my own Essential Oils:)

  31. Lesley said,

    July 13, 2009 at 11:41 am

    If you added drops to Vodka or Everclear could you then use it kind of like a perfume?

  32. Julie said,

    August 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I was curious to know if the person who used apples had a good result. We have a small orchad, and since we have already started canning I wanted to make an apple scented oil, to keep that great scent until next fall.

    Thanks for the easy to follow recipe!

  33. October 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I just found this article, and absolutely love it. Thanks for the great info!

  34. christy said,

    December 18, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    i would like to make coconut essentail oil,,,, would i need to grate my fresh coconut, toast it or not, dried out or not,,,,i was also wondering its col out now and saw somewhere online that i could put my oil and herb/ flowers in a mason jar with lid off and put the jar in water (like a hot bath for canning) and heat it up on slow for a few hours,, do you think that would be alright? thanks

  35. christy said,

    December 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    opps **** i meant to put “its cold outside now”

    • Sarah said,

      December 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm

      Christy, Your best bet is to use either fresh or dried coconut. Cooking any herb will kill the Herb. If you have the time, leaving it in a mason jar is good, but if not and you want it sooner i would Put it on low heat, you do not want the water the mason jar is in to boil, at boiling point is when you start to fry your oils, and the lower the heat the better and leave it on for 6-8 hours. The longer it is on the stove the more oils you will get from the coconut. You could also do an extraction. If you would like to know more about that please let me know. That you have to use alcohol or water, it is very effective also, sometimes better. You can reach me, by seeing or i guess just reply to this. At Tree Hugger we sell oils and if you would like to buy some i can order some for you. Just let me know.

      • christy said,

        December 21, 2009 at 5:57 pm

        thanks,,,,,,,,,,how do you an extraction? i have seen the distillers and other info online,,,,,,,,,thanks again for getting back,,,,christy

      • Michelle said,

        March 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        Hello! Love the blog! I would definitely be interested in learning how to do the coconut extraction. Please e,ail me at Thank you!

  36. Josh said,

    May 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Hello, everyone!

    I want to make an essential oil from olive oil and tea from some loose tea I have that smells really good. With this, I’d like to make a perfume as a natural and lovely alternative to store-bought expensive perfume.

    What would you recommend me? How much tea should I use? How much oil and what kind? How much time boiling? What else should I know?

    Thank you in advance for all your help!

  37. bill scarbro said,

    July 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I planted some lemon basil around my flag pole and now i have more than i can use. I love the smell and taste of it and want to maximize what i got. I have a dehydrator as well. I seperated the leaves from the seed pods. im dring all of it. the leaves i hope to dry and crush that into flakes to cook with. the long aromatic seed pods and stems will be use as an essintal oil. can i use this oil for cooking as well as other things?

  38. Anka said,

    September 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I wanted to mention to people who were unhappy with shelf life.

    I work with materials and chemistry. There’s no reason that shelf life
    has to be low.

    Keep materials with water in a temperature as close to 32F as possible
    so that it doesn’t freeze and it will increase shelf life significantly. Milk, for example, I keep at 30F (it doesn’t freeze or crystalize) and I get nearly an extra week or 10 days than if it’s at 38F.

    Oils won’t freeze and if there’s any water it typically isn’t a part of the
    chemical makeup. It’s just extra water. My point: IF the water freezes it
    shouldn’t affect the material of interest. So keep oils at 32F or lower.
    And try to omit oxygen. One way is to fill the container or use a flexible
    container that you squeeze to remove air.

    Air causes oils to go rancid. If you were able to put argon (an inert gas) into the air space the oils would never go rancid. Removing air does
    the same thing so this is why you fill the container.

    Try it and experiement. Take some of the oil and put it in the freezer.
    If it’s not damaged after a week then keep the rest of your material
    there. Be sure to label it. Always label non food items and you should
    never put anything poisonous or toxic in the food refrigerator.

    If you live where it’s cold, why not keep your materials in storage
    outside where it’s cold without using electricity to keep it cold?

    This is, oddly enough, the latest thinking for high tech computer centers
    located in cold areas. Rather than heat the building then try to cool
    computers. An Amazon director has suggested to bring in cold air to
    dedicated computer storage facilities. What a unique idea. ! It took 40
    years to think of that? : )

    Good luck. I hope your work stays useful for a very long time.


  39. October 30, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Best you should change the blog title Practical Skills: How to Make Essential Oil Aftermath to something more specific for your content you make. I enjoyed the the writing withal.

  40. Nick Brown said,

    November 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hello Owner,

    My Name is Mr.Nick Brown and I’m inquiring about an order of some Hair care and soap product here is some few types i will like you to quote me for each.

    Basil Essential Oil .5 (1/2) OZ
    Balsam Peru Essential oil 8 fl oz
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    Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil -5ml
    Lemon Essential oil 30ml
    Ylang- Ylang Essential oil 5fl.oz
    Jojoba oil 11 ml
    Wintergreen Essential Oil – 5ml
    Rainforest Moisture Shampoo 8.4 fl oz
    Buriti Baby Shampoo 8.4 fl oz
    Banana Conditioner 8.4 fl oz
    Guarana Berry Volumizing Conditioner 8.5 fl oz
    Divine Cream 1.7 oz
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    Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Cream 1.7 fl.oz
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  41. sissy said,

    January 7, 2011 at 1:55 am

    i want to make fragrance essential oils for my light warmer can u tell me how to do it

  42. Lex said,

    June 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    This method is called ‘maceration’. What you are making here is great, but people should be aware that it is not strictly an essential oil, it is an “extract” that contains essential oil. The olive oil will contain the oils from the plant, but an essential oil should be pure.

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  44. Steve said,

    August 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I hate to be a stickler, but everyone should understand that the procedure at the start of this entry is NOT one that makes essential oils. What you have outlined is a lipid solution, aka an “oil infusion.” It will allow you to dissolve only those components in a plant that are soluble in lipids (oils). Any chemical of the plant that is water soluble will not be present in an oil infusion.

    It’s not quite correct to say that an essential oil would be more concentrated. An essential oil is very different, containing very different components than an infused oil. An essential oil must be extracted by vaporization using heat. The oil is then condensed and collected along with a water fraction known as a hydrosol. The hydrosol and the essential oil are produced in the same process but must be separated from each other before bottling. Unfortunately for this process, you must have a “still” that can vaporize and then condense the chemicals that are driven from the plant. When you buy an essential oil in the store, it is made using this process or else it is misrepresenting itself. This is the standard process used by the herbal industry for manufacturing essential oil.

    Because essential oils are specific chemical fractions of an herb, many essential oils ARE TOXIC if taken internally. Most essential oils do not smell like the original herb because they contain only a fraction of the original plant. To my knowledge, a true essential oil needs no preservative, but all chemicals eventually degrade due to contact with light, air, or just due to age. Change is the only constant.

  45. linda said,

    September 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for the info on making essential oils. I really needed it.

  46. October 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    At last an easy method ! Thanks.

  47. carl said,

    November 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Hi. And thanks for this info.

    We will be making oils with our kids as a way of rubbing the essences into their totems. Quick question: When leaving them in the sun, should they be covered up or open?


  48. rianna said,

    January 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    i just found this site what kind of herb do i use
    can u us two herbs

  49. Andres said,

    March 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Muchas gracias por la informacion, esta genial. la verdad eso es lo que necesito, pregunto si puedo poner las hojas de los productos en alcohol para macerar.

  50. March 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Another fun project in the works!

  51. mbele said,

    April 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    wow all this info was great. thanks to everyone

  52. Jennifer said,

    April 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Can you list the oils recommended with this procedure? Much appreciated!

    • April Smith said,

      July 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

      Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass are easy and common. Best to store in colored glass for longer lasting oils in a cool dark place. Sweet almond oil goes rancid slower than other carrier oils. You can also make perfumes using 60 drops to 70 mL vodka and 30 mL spring water, which is safe to use on skin. IMPORTANT*******Only certain oils are safe this way….I know cedarwood, lavendar, lemongrass, and sandalwood are safe, but Im sure there are others. Also check with healthcare provider before using essential oils, as some arent safe with certain conditions such as high or low blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems or pregnancy************

  53. star said,

    May 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Oils wont go bad if vodka is added .

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  55. amber said,

    June 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    i was wondering if i could do this and sell it?is it pure enough,also would it be high grade??

  56. shaily zarin tasnim said,

    August 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

    thank you so much!!!
    I have been searching for quite a long time for a method of making essential oils without buying or making stills!!!!

    you have been a blessing for me!!!
    thanks again! (^_^)

    btw, I never leave a comment on websites. but you are so great, I just couldn’t leave without thanking you!

  57. Ben said,

    September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Hello, Thanks for the great article.

    I’m trying to make Rosemary oil to kill spider mites.. I’ve tried this same method several times with the same result, when it’s finished all I smell is the oil and not the rosemary fragrance. I’ve used both fresh and dried rosemary and canola oil, Tried heating it on high for 2 hours, and low for 8 hours both covered and uncovered, just about every combination I can think of and it still just smells like canola oil when I get done.

    Could someone please tell me what I’m doing wrong.. Thank You in advance.


    • Mary said,

      September 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Ben,

      Where are the spider mites? Are you using a double boiler when making the oil? Your making the oil on high temp for two hours? How does the rosemary look after you make the oil? It sounds like your cooking the rosemary instead.


  58. Ben said,

    September 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Mary, thanks for the reply..

    I have a small indoor garden, and occasionally I’ll see signs of them on the undersides of the leaves. It’s not a big problem right now, but I don’t want it to turn in to one.

    I use a crockpot and made the first batch uncovered on high for 2 hours, that didn’t work so I made another batch and put it on medium for 4 hours uncovered and covered both, then I made another batch and did it on low for 6 hours, and they all came out the same,, The rosemary smelled really strong while it was on the heat, but after I cooled it, it just smelled like canola oil. The rosemary needles look pretty much the same before and after it’s heated.

  59. Jack Wallace said,

    September 20, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I read everyone’s post and understand that the original post is not a recipe to create an “ESSENTIAL (pure) – OIL ” but in turn the less toxic version of an essential therapeutic oil. I thought I wanted essential “pure” oils but I have had a change of heart and am satisfied with the recipe given, as it is safer and user friendly. I plan to make a therapeutic oil of some high grade Cannabis which is essential to my pain relief. If the oil turns out well I think I’ll try to accompanying the oil with a quality salve.

    Many thanks to everyone who posted before me.
    Stay healthy my friends.. <3

  60. Angie Mohr said,

    October 25, 2012 at 2:19 am

    That’s not an “essential oil”. It’s an infusion.

  61. Philomena said,

    December 14, 2012 at 5:31 am

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  62. pamela walls said,

    December 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

    i would like to make a lemon essential oil to burn if i use a crock pot to make it can i use it the same day to burn in my home

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  64. Betty said,

    May 13, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Does it work also with resins like Frankincense etc.?

  65. tandra horning said,

    May 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    thank you, this site has been very helpful

  66. jinny said,

    June 3, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for the tip but I had just one question wont the herb burn if we leave it on low flame for 6 hrs just curious before trying it :)

  67. Reen said,

    July 6, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Can i use the same method to do cinnamon essential oil?

  68. Jennifer Harry said,

    August 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I am trying to make a Jasmine oil using the canning jar/oil method this site spoke of. I plan to use it to add to homemade laundry detergent and soap. The recipes actually call for essential oil. Can I use the the canning jar/oil method for this? Which type of oil would be recommended for this use?

  69. Steven said,

    November 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    You are not making essential oil with this method. You are simply infusing an herb into your olive oil. What you describe is an oil infusion. It is nothing like an essential oil which is made by distillation or cold pressing. Your small batch of herbs in your recipe would not produce a drop if true oil to add to your carrier oil. This is misleading and just plain wrong. I don’t think you have bad intentions but many people rely on essential oils for good health. People should not be confused by this misleading article.

  70. Andrew said,

    May 6, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Hi, i want to make essential oil from plumeria using soxhlet extraction. Can you give some advice .. is it right or is there better way to extract the oil from it ? thank you very much

  71. danielle said,

    March 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    The process you are describing is how to make an infusion, NOT an essential oil. Essential oils are pure. By introducing a different oil, you remove the purity. This is definitely misinformation.

  72. Kulsum chowdhury said,

    June 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    i need a help. can i make lemon essential oil on gas stove? and pls explain an exact procedure to make cinnamon and lemon essential oil…
    thanks in advance :-)

  73. December 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    This is an infusion NOT an essential oil process. As a Certified Herbalist and Clinical Aromatherapist I see people confuse this all the time. Please do some research before posting mis information to the internet.

  74. Ivy said,

    January 1, 2016 at 11:53 am


    I have tried this method twice (once with coconut oil and sarsaparilla and the other with olive oil and lavender) and both times the carrier oil did not take on the sent of the herb even after 8-11 hours. Is the essential oil finished or is it a bust? What am I doing wrong?

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