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Essential oils home made – steam distillation of geranium oil

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Kitchen chemistry from Jason – Steam distillation used to isolate essential oils from geranium. You can find the parts to do this on eBay. The essential oil …
Video Rating: 4 / 5 Peppermint essential oil is derived from the peppermint plant. It is widely used in many products because its main ingredient, menthol,…

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Oolong Johnson December 17, 2014, 6:54 am

grease the joints so they dont stick.
its not fun having to break stuck glassware.

Mandie Cm December 17, 2014, 7:30 am

Thank You for posting this video very interesting really great idea will
have to get a stem distillation will be using this for basil.

Todd Perry December 17, 2014, 8:23 am

He could have put the plant in a infuser like you do for tea and then heat
it in a clear container on low or medium not to boiling, then shut off the
heat and let cool. The oils will float on top for extraction so you do not
have to buy all that extra stuff and make it so complicated. I guess it is
just more fun to make it harder then it has to be.

Oolong Johnson December 17, 2014, 8:51 am

salt will seperate the emulsion.

Greg Ralph December 17, 2014, 9:24 am

You will get better yields of oil with a sloping steam distillation head
and an actual steam source.

Brian Harris December 17, 2014, 9:29 am

That looks almost like a Soxhlet extractor you use to capture the goodies.

nongrate December 17, 2014, 9:58 am

Did you ever find a better container for the plant materiel..?

nihilistarchitect December 17, 2014, 10:02 am

Came for the oils but left with a sweet taste. There is something very
sweet about this video….I guess it was the cat. Maybe not. 

Roger Hyam December 17, 2014, 10:24 am

Hey you should try it with Nepeta cataria!

patrick thoms December 17, 2014, 10:25 am

looks simple enough but from what i see the vapour goes up into the
condenser, gets cooled and drops back down into the main tube next to the
pressure equalising bypass tube, right? – nothing comes out of the very top
near the hot water return?

william w December 17, 2014, 11:09 am

Dude you have no idea as to what is actually going on! Just quit now….

Jim Bently December 17, 2014, 11:11 am

Next time you do this, try out using a brine solution to break up the
emulsion. Brine is just water that’s saturated with NaCl. It’s more dense
than pure water, so it will help seperate the two. It’s a similar idea to
using mineral oil. You’d definitely want to try it on a small sample,
because it’s not a sure fix.

Also, that’s technically an addition funnel, not a sep funnel. Great video

Dean Dragonetti December 17, 2014, 11:57 am

What a fabulous science class. Well done.

CharizerdEX December 17, 2014, 12:33 pm

your doing steam distillation wrong pal, by heating the plants directly you
are decomposing the oils as they are produced. To steam distillate you
crush the plant matter really good in water and it should produce a
solution with bits of plant bits. Then u heat water on its to produce steam
and you then pass the steam through solution of crushed plant and water and
then you let the gaseous molecules pass through the condenser in a third
container where water and oil collect in a layer

Greg Magdits December 17, 2014, 12:48 pm

I want to try this at home. This is a great example of a starting organic
chemistry experiment, which i want to pursue as a hobby, and there is so
few resources that i found so far that make it easy for someone to just go
and start organic chemistry as a hobby. This video actually gives me :
what equipment i need /where to get it,
what chemicals/substances i need
a good beginner experiment to try that gets my feet wet, but that also is
really interesting.

Good Post! Thank you for making this video

abushwoman December 17, 2014, 1:38 pm

Thanks for the vid. How much did this contraption cost?

dreyhawk December 17, 2014, 1:53 pm

What an awesome set up! I have multiple health issues including some auto
immune disorders and have been getting more sensitive to chemical
additives. I am learning how to make as many personal care items as I can
so that I control the ingredients. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I
came across this! Thank you!!

Sue Therrien December 17, 2014, 2:08 pm

My biggest Dissappointment was when the cat jumped up on the table!!And you
just continued and never washed your hands! A huge deal with many of us!!

Dax Helgramite December 17, 2014, 2:36 pm

It’s called a three neck round bottom flask for those of you who were
wondering. ————–>>>

Vandy Niyomkham December 17, 2014, 2:49 pm

i can here from watching moonshine

Paul Nel December 17, 2014, 3:08 pm

Can i recommend a reaction flask rather than a boiling flask plus a
reaction flask lid… works a lot better and makes cleaning up a whole lot

GlobalTubeTruth December 17, 2014, 3:47 pm

What make and model of distiller are you using in this video??

zack wienecke December 17, 2014, 4:12 pm

Would this work as a way for a cannabis patient to do their own tinctures?
What temperatures are reached during this process?

TakronRust December 17, 2014, 5:04 pm

Reaction vessel. It has a top that clamps on so you can empty it. Also,
vacuum pump so you can distill off the water and leave behind the oil. 

mughalzinc December 17, 2014, 5:06 pm

Were you using vodka?

The Enigmatic Index December 17, 2014, 5:31 pm

This is an infusion, not an essential oil.

seigeengine December 17, 2014, 5:52 pm

This gives some relatively poor advice about harvesting mint.

Yes pick the stems too. Harvest back on the stem to just after any set of
leaves. Each set of leaves also has two little shoots growing off it that
are basically tiny new peppermint plants. When you cut off the growing tip,
this causes those side shoots to grow instead, as well as thickening the
stems behind the cutting point, meaning you make your plant bushier and

I know this because I grow multiple kinds of mint in my garden, and it has
led to me having lusher more bushy plants than I would otherwise. This same
technique is applied to many other herbs. For example: Basil. It can also
be applied to other plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, and many others.

Even if you don’t need the mint NOW this is a great technique because mint
cutting root extremely easily, meaning each of those cuttings can become a
new mint plant. On top of that, you more or less double the number of new
stems on your plant when you do this. One stem becomes two, two become
four, four eight, and so on.

kate whole December 17, 2014, 5:53 pm

Thank you so much

Daniel Wong December 17, 2014, 6:49 pm

How to Make Peppermint Essential Oil:

joe102951 December 17, 2014, 7:37 pm

why do you ppl have to critize ? your so into bein politically correct….
does it really matter? what they made is something ppl can use and ppl will
use it !! stop being like that and just say “hey nice job” and leave it at
that!! this world is trying to be so correct on everything now of days .
just be nice n say good job! if ppl would do that it would change the world
into a better place to live!!!! ….. now politically correct what i just
mentioned so i can have a good laugh :)~

Joseph Dylan McSwain December 17, 2014, 8:35 pm

Before adding the almond oil, is there anything else in the jar asides from
the smashed leaves and it’s respective oil? 

Colin De Kok December 17, 2014, 8:53 pm

Hello can I use sunflower oil to put the leaves in ?

Robert Garza December 17, 2014, 9:16 pm

I’m moving to the Pacific Northwest soon with my wife and infant. I want to
use peppermint oil water solution to spray around our home as a a natural
spider repellent. Will this be okay around a new born? 

Arlene Fried December 17, 2014, 9:21 pm

I agree with everyone else that is an oil infusion. Real peppermint
essential oil can not be used on the skin directly, it will burn. the only
safe 100% essential oil that can be placed on the skin is Lavender. A
carrier oil is used for when you are creating an oil using a few drops of
true 100% essential oil that you wish to use as most essential oils are too

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Keightley P December 17, 2014, 10:34 pm

I don’t know who that narrator is but I want him to narrator my life. LOL!

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CosmicGrooves December 17, 2014, 11:52 pm

Reposting for Jimius Rostock:
“Essential oils do not need other oils to carry it. So this recipe is not
for essential oiI but for a peppermint infused oil. I would suggest you
change the video (or annotate it) to clear up the misinformation.”

michellecalling December 18, 2014, 12:18 am

This is simply a carrier oil infused with the essential oils of the plant.
Therapeutic essential oil itself is mainly obtained by steam distillation.

Mary Li December 18, 2014, 1:00 am

Wow, it is so cool! i like.

Mary Li December 18, 2014, 1:34 am

It is help to human healthy! ilove this video.

Agustin Pius December 18, 2014, 2:23 am

So misleading, I expected real peppermint oil but not a replica.

Pjp Carr December 18, 2014, 2:52 am

this is an infusion – NOT an essential oil

nomadicstep December 18, 2014, 3:09 am

Very useful info.very professional presentation

April Milton December 18, 2014, 4:02 am
Trefina Henry December 18, 2014, 4:31 am

this maybe be a dumb question but can you use vegetable oil?

Orisia Lawrin December 18, 2014, 5:30 am


B Charron December 18, 2014, 6:03 am

Why do we need to use a carrier oil? Don’t natural oils come out of the
mint leaves? Also can we not just put them in a blender instead of going
through the manual labor of pounding them? if you have no choice but to use
a carrier oil how about sunflower oil?I am very curious about all these
questions seriously, if you could kindly answer them. as I am hear to
learn, and not criticize. Thanks!

Seneca Leal December 18, 2014, 6:33 am

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