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yep - I'm an enthusiastic (and qualified) Aromatherapist, can you tell?
Lavender is gorgous  but if you want to make essential oils, you'll need one of these What you're doing when immersing crushed plant material in a base oil is to produce a macerated oil. Now that works of course but does not yield any essential oil per se. Macerated oils are still very useful and quite common e.g. St Johns Wort is a quite well known remedy only produced as a macerated oil.You can have quite a lot of fun making macerated oils, especially where the essential oils are either difficult or expensive to obtain (e.g. rose oil, jasmin, neroli - orange blossom). You can also make your own infused oils to use in the kitchen e.g. as specially flavored salad oils e.g. garlic, rosmary, thyme, oregano etc. etc. There is virtually no limit to your immagination and creativity plus they'll cost a fraction of what you'd pay for such products off a shelve.yep - I'm an enthusiastic (and qualified) Aromatherapist, can you tell? 
Steam distillation is a fine technique for most essential oils; a few are not heat stable enough for it.On the other hand it would be illegal in many places because the equipment needed is essentially the same as you need for making illicit alcohol.On a related note you can also extract a lot of oils directly into alcohol.
Quoteyour bread machine instructions will tell you to make a well in the flour and put your yeast in the well of the flour .I thought that was just so that you could set a delayed start time and avoid the yeast getting wet before it was needed.
your bread machine instructions will tell you to make a well in the flour and put your yeast in the well of the flour .
Although I would like to try it to actually see what the flower to oil ratio turns out to be. I suspect one would have to have huge amounts to even get 1 gallon of essential oil.
I believe I heard that when using the "still," it is actually the steam that really extracts the oil. Is that right, or am I remembering that wrong?
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