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How to make a still / distiller to extract any essential oils from plants. Lavender oil shown.

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Andrew K Fletcher December 27, 2014, 8:48 pm

As promised, I made eucalyptus oil from Blue Mountain Gum trees, found ln a
local park. This oil should be called Nuke alyptus because it is incredibly
potent. I have been rubbing a couple of drops on my chest to get rid of
catarrh and it warms the skin while the vapours are inhaled. I woke up this
morning heavily congested, mixed usual honey, lime and lemon drink in hot
water and couldn’t resist adding one drop of oil mixed into the brew. It
was very powerful and caused my nose to stream, but completely cleared my
sinuses. There are warnings about using eucalyptus oil so please do your
own research before considering ingesting any. Each batch in the pressure
cooker took 1hour 30 minutes and it took 5 kilos of plant material to make
approximately 90 -100 mills. Note this is nothing like shop purchased,
which mostly comes from China and is not eucalyptus but camphor based.

Andrew K Fletcher December 27, 2014, 9:45 pm

Zeljko, yes this lavender oil is excellent and very strong, much stronger
than the lavender oil purchased. It has a wide range of uses see show more
link in video description section.

Andrew K Fletcher December 27, 2014, 10:17 pm

Lavender oil used to rapidly heal horse fly bites and Mosquito bites.
Instantly it is applied it takes away the itching and aching. Lavender oil
is a powerful natural anti-inflamatory and within an hour the hard swelling
and spreading inflammation was arrested. By morning after 4 applications,
all of the hard swelling had gone and the inflamed area had returned to
normal colour. This is by far the best treatment for insect bites.
Did I mention that Lavender oil and Lavender water from the still is an
effective insect repellent?

Andrew K Fletcher December 27, 2014, 10:19 pm

Part 2:
Hi, thank you for all of your comments and your interesting ideas for
improving this video. I have made a second video for this years, batch of
lavender oil, showing a different way to connect the copper tuning to the
pressure cooker, together with am ore detailed look at how the oil is
separated from the hydro-sol / distilate. It is also worth mentioning that
given how much distilled water is costing and that people are now consuming
distilled water for health reasons, this sill would provide an endless
source at little expense. Let me know if there is something I should have
mentioned and I will add a caption. Andrew
P.S. check out my radio interviews about how simply raising your bed 6
inches at the head end can have a very positive affect on your health.
Part 1: Part 2:

Radioactive Trees December 27, 2014, 10:50 pm

This is what ive been looking for thank you. I woud like to suggest editing
some of the slower moments out of the video or fast forwarding them. Much
apperciated and thank you again for taking them time to do this. Looks like
a ton of fun.

Iasonas Eris December 27, 2014, 11:42 pm

Is it possible for cypress essential oil to stick inside my copper tube ?
You made 3 batches in row the hydrosol to get the lavender oil or you did
3 batches with plant material each ???

tomlama December 28, 2014, 12:05 am

Sorry, but it’s a very basic setup… Bad cooler construction…

Rick Roll December 28, 2014, 12:52 am

put sand in the tubing to prevent kinks
, then just blow out the sand

Andrew K Fletcher December 28, 2014, 1:38 am

Everyone who has inspected our oil produced last year is amazed at the
quality and perfume strength. We have used it successfully as an insect
repellent, to treat insect bites and stings. To treat inside my dogs ears
when they get occasionally infected. One of our dogs had crusty teats,
which I have just treated and know will be clear in a couple of days. I
have used it on spots, it is pretty amazing stuff. The next batch of
flowers is flourishing and will be cropped at the end of their cycle and
once the bees have had their fill.

Iasonas Eris December 28, 2014, 2:00 am

After a lot of work with my friend Sissi C who posts a reply before we got
the following resuslts by using as plant material Cupressus Sempervirens
needles and young twigs:
– We produce 360 ml of very nice hydrosol after 5 hours in very slow gas.
The pressure cooker was nicely sealed , no leaks on the pressure cooker. A
very very little hole on the lid for the steam to come on the copper tube.
– We see a veeery small amount of oily water on the top of the hydrosol, no
more than 2 ml. We didnt find a succesful way to get the oil from the
hydrosol because it was very small amount uncolored and not 100 % sure if
it was oil or not.
After all that we are vaery dissapointed.
That make no sense. 5 hours on low heat for 360 ml hydrosol. Everything
seems to work fine but…
I really dont know what is going on i will try to upload a video to show
the process.
Your help and your answers encourages us to continue until we success.
Btw our pressure cooker have medium to big size.
Thanks for your time reading this

sissy s December 28, 2014, 2:03 am

Finally i did it work.
I used curpessus sempervirens for plant material. After an hour i get 200
ml of hydrosol and no oil. I really dont know whats going wrong it looks
exactly like your video.

Peggy W December 28, 2014, 2:45 am

Listening to your dog sleeping makes me smile!! Thanks for sharing this
video. I look forward to watching more!

Zeljko Jelaca December 28, 2014, 2:51 am

good video thank You, what You do with the oil and how You extract it from
water ?

Iasonas Eris December 28, 2014, 3:12 am

Great video Andrew.
I am trying to use my pressure cooker that way but the second valve
(security valvet) throw the stream out and i am afraid for exlposion if i
close this valvet. I dont know if its safe to use my pressure cooker with
only the basic valve opened.
Please help and sorry for bad English

Judy Dawson December 28, 2014, 3:41 am

Thank you for great video Andrew, can’t wait to try.

Akasha Ofthenile December 28, 2014, 4:31 am

How to make a still / distiller to extract any essential oils from plants.
Lavender oil shown. :) now…no rhum makin’ unless you send me

Andrew K Fletcher December 28, 2014, 5:24 am

Just had a look to see if a 10mm tank connector is available on Ebay and in
plumbing shops. This would be used to replace the valve in the pressure
cooker with a brass fitting to couple up the copper coil. Can’t find one.
Therefore you will need a brass nipple / reducer This might do the trick,
though best take your lid into a plumbing shop and ask them to solve the
problem, they are very helpful.
select 10mm-8mm measure the hole in your pressure cooker by removing the
existing valve

Zeljko Jelaca December 28, 2014, 6:20 am

this lavander oil could this be used for parfume,or skin care??? hair etc??

Nan Mar December 28, 2014, 7:09 am

the best home distiller I have seen on here thanks for sharing : ) Ima give
it a try

Dean Dragonetti December 28, 2014, 7:38 am

Many thanks for your brilliant tutorial. It reminded me once again of
British ingenuity in the simplicity of the design. There are probably many
stills in my area for distilling spirits but I doubt any are this simple.
I do have a question regarding capturing the essential oil following
distillation; did you pour the oil from the cider bottle? How do you do it?

Seven Tea December 28, 2014, 8:27 am

Would I be able to do this without the coil of tube going through cold
water? If the cold water was removed, wouldn’t the steam condense anyway?

seemeinshutup December 28, 2014, 9:13 am

can u also use this same distiller for making vodka? would be nice to kill
two birds with one stone =) nice video by the way

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nebraskee December 28, 2014, 10:12 am

I’m not sure if it was mentioned but do you think it would be a good idea
to freeze the entire bottle after you are finished distilling. That way the
oil would separate more efficiently from the scented water and you could
just pour the oil out after the scented water was frozen, or would that not
work? would it ruin the product in anyway?

Bob J December 28, 2014, 10:53 am

Can you also extract strawberry, banana, lemon, lime, vanilla bean ect. 

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