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Toddy

Anyone wildcraft essential oils ?

Does anyone on the forum, or know of anyone in the UK, who wildcrafts essential oils from our native plants ?

That just basically means making it themselves in small quantities, in situ or very close by. Not huge great vat distillations.
I'm looking for meadowsweet, though I'd love to have some others too

M
kaz

I haven't heard of anyone - it sounds very interesiting but time consuming.
Toddy

All it really needs is a still. An alembic type one works, but if you pick your plants carefully you can end up with both a hydrosol and some essential oil.
Lavender's the obvious one, but meadowsweet, bog myrtle (which is lovely and a native anti-insect one) and the like are very good indeed.

I just thought that this might be the sort of community where someone might know someone who did this kind of thing

M
kaz

What do you want to use them for?
Toddy

Meadowsweet for aches and pains, and the gale for scenting candles.

M
bodger

Unfortunately Toddy, for a number of reasons our community is nowhere as big as it used to be.  
Toddy

Maybe but more people read than post.

It's surprising who turns up who knows just the very thing someone's asking about

It'll come to mind of somebody one of these days

M
Border

ask Gareth....i believe he is/was into that.
Gareth

Steam distillation of essential oils at home is not difficult, but it ain't cheap either. It is a lot of work for very little reward.

Interestingly I cannot find "neat" Meadowsweet oil for sale anywhere, it is only available premixed in a carrier oil and then in a 1 to 4 ratio. Which usually indicates that it can be dangerous to handle or a very dangerous oxidiser.

Meadow Sweet and Bog Myrtle are plants I have not home distilled yet, so I have no experience of them.

Because of some of the potential hazards involved with the finished product I only distill essential oils for my own use. However it is not a complicated process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8-zxWKAVK8

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