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How to make essential oils at home using distilled water

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As mentioned in Part 1: "Do essential oils live up to the hype?" DIY essential oils can be made much less expensively at home than the cost of purchasing them, and there are several ways to create the oils at home. Two of the most popular methods are through the use of distilled water and using oils.

The advantage of the distilled water method over the oil method is the essential oil produced through heating the distilled water will last about twice as long as the oil method.

It should be noted there are numerous debates over whether or not essential oils really help the skin. If the essential oil is for skin care use, for instance, oils made with citrus photosensitize the skin and should not be used when going outdoors, and most oils are at least somewhat comedogenic. While the right essential oils, used in the right formulations with the right medicinal ingredients can enhance the skin, it is doubtful DIY products will benefit more than the top layer of dead skin cells.

In addition, these home-brewed oils are not rated as "therapeutic grade" and should not be ingested. However, methods for making essential oils at home are often similar to those used in ancient times where there was no such thing as "therapeutic grade."

Materials Needed for the Distilled Water Methods:

For home-made oils, you will need fresh or dried flower petals, herbs, spices or citrus fruit rinds. You will also need a crock pot, a cooking pot or saucepan, distilled water, a dark glass bottle, and cloth.

Crock Pot Method

1. Fill a clean crock pot with distilled water.
2. Place a couple of cups of fresh or dried plant material in the crock pot.
3. Cook mixture on low for 24 hours.
4. Cover with cloth and let crock pot sit for a week.
5. An oil will form on the top which can be removed after a week.
6. Put oil in a dark glass container and cover with a piece of cloth.
7. Allow the oil to sit for a week to let any excess water evaporate.
8. Cap the remaining oil and store in cool, dark place where it will keep for about a year.

Cotton Bag Method

1. Fill a cotton or linen bag with fresh or dried plant material. and tie closed.
2. Place the bag in a pot of distilled water.
3. Bring mixture to a boil and then turn the heat back to simmer.
4. Let the mixture simmer for 24 hours.
5. As with the crock pot method, an oil will form on the surface. Squeeze the bag to get all the oil.
6. Put oil in a dark glass container and cover with a piece of cloth.
7. Allow the oil to sit for a week to let any excess water evaporate.
8. Cap the remaining oil and store in cool, dark place where it will keep for about a year.

After the oil is removed, the remaining water can also be stored for use as rose water, lavender water, etc. depending upon the scent.

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See: National Skin Care Examiner * Rodan + Fields Examiner * Skin, Health & Beauty on Facebook * SkinHealthBeauty * Rodan + Fields Products

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