How to Make Essential Oils Easy

Do you have any questions on how to make essential oils easy by yourself? Everything in this forum revolves around distilling essential oil and herbal water yourself. Please observe our forum rules (see Helpful tips on use).

June 2018:

It has now been an unbelievable 16 years (!) since the last major change to the website and forums. When you think that two to three years are an eternity for the Internet sector, that is really something. In any case, there has been so much going on in terms of technology that it has become urgently necessary to completely redesign not only the forums, but also the entire website, from scratch and bring the programming up to date. Naturally, along with this we also introduced various new features; for example it was high time we allowed pictures to be uploaded with a forum post too or enabled users to subscribe to the forums via RSS feeds. And of course we have subsequently included pictures that are saved on external websites and were then integrated here using an img tag, so that no valuable information is lost. In any case, we hope you continue to have fun swapping experiences and trying things out.

Juni 2002:

At this point, we would first like to extend a big thank-you to all the users of our specialist questions for their lively involvement. Without you, we could never have developed such an informative and high-quality reference guide in such a short time (the first post dates from April 8, 1999). The large number of posts and high numbers of visitors made it necessary for us to develop the specialist questions ourselves using PHP and MySQL (at last no more annoying advertising banners!). During the course of this, we have hopefully introduced several improvements.


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  • Question 20

    linda | usa, 27.02.2023 11:21:50

    I'm wondering if the Leonardo can distill both essential oils and spirits?


    As extensively described in the online-shop, the type Leonardo is only for hydrosols and essential oils. If you want to produce, or rather distill, both, essential-oils/hydrosols and alcohol, the type Deluxe would be perfect.

  • Question 19

    Emerita | Venezuela , 15.10.2022 19:13:21

    Hello, I hope You are well. A question: I distilled oregano, and I obtained essential oil in several containers. I Left it in the containers for more that a month and as can be seed in the photography, there are many drops of the oil disperse in the bottle, Why is this happening? Thanks You very much for your attention.


    The oil drops stick on the wall because of adhesive forces and surface tension effects. Just strongly twist the bottle along its
    vertical axis back and forth, as thoroughly described in our book.

    Having said that, in general, colored oil bubbles look much bigger than they are, if they do not flow up to the top after twisting. These bubbles are even too small to be soaked up by a syringe with attached hypodermic needle.

  • Question 18

    Sylvie Sgf | Quebec, Canada, 22.07.2021 01:46:04

    I am going to buy your book. But I heard you also sell stills (for
    making essential oils). I will need to buy one. So I found your website
    and I see pictures of the stills that you sell and they are made of
    copper. I have a feeling that maybe it would be better to have neutral
    components, like glass, could the copper make a copper residue in the
    oil that we absorb and it would make us have too much copper in our
    body? Maybe my question does not make sense, because I really don't know
    much on the subject. So maybe you could help understand more about the
    use of copper in the stills. But if you do answer this in your book,
    then just forget my question, because I will buy your book. Thank you
    very much in advance.


    In principle you're right, but centuries of distilling essential oils
    have shown, copper doesn't harm at all. Moreover the opposite is
    true, this material has a positive effect on the distillate. But why is
    it nowadays more common to use steel? For the simple reason, it became
    much cheaper to weld steel and the material also became cheaper than
    copper in the scope of the time.

    And no, neither essential oil nor hydrosol contain measurable amounts of
    copper. BTW, the human body needs copper salts in small amounts, we
    would even die if we had no copper in small amounts in our food. Copper

    is only toxic for mold and similar microorganisms.

  • Question 17

    Emerita | Venezuela, 29.04.2021 15:37:22

    Hello, how are you, regarding the answer to question 16, I have a question: when distilling chamomile and rosemary, the essential oil obtained is only chamomile or is it a mixture of chamomile and rosemary essential oil? Thank you for your attention. Cordial greetings, Emerita


    Of course it will be a mixture. For this reason, hay flowers oil always smells also a bit like rosemary, since rosemary is mixed to the hay flowers to improve the oil yield.

  • Question 16

    e | Venezuela, 24.04.2021 18:43:59

    Hello, how are you? Check out the video on YouTube dated January 12, 2017, where 210 g of rosemary and

    290 g of chamomile were distilled. My doubts are the following: why were those two plants distilled? Can rosemary be distilled with another plant? Best regards, Emerita


    Yes, in fact all plant materials can be mixed, it just depends on your personal "taste" if the mixture fits or not. Rosemary is different however, this material helps other materials to lose their essential oil. Thus, the combination of chamomile and rosemary results in a higher yield of oil than the sum of both yields, if distilled separately.

  • Question 15

    Ben | VAE, 10.02.2021 10:07:49

    We are interested in your products, especially the CLASSIC Still essential oil destillator , but it would also be important if the equipment could also distill water. Is that also possible with this equipment? 

    Yes, of course it's possible to distill water with the LEONARDO® CLASSIC. After all, intentionally it's purpose is to bring water to a boil and thereafter condensate the formed steam. This is in fact the principle of a steam distillation if you fill the steam space with plant material.

  • Question 14

    Emerita | Venezuela, 12.12.2020 01:16:07

    Hello how are you, a question: geranium was distilled and the color of the essential oil was green and it remained that color for several days, then the bottle was opened and it turned red. Why did this color change occur? Maintains

    the properties of essential oil? It can be used? Thank you very much in advance for the responses and your time. Saludos cordiales


    Of course, oxidation due to air contact could be a reason. Although, neither I've ever recognized an effect like this, nor I did find a description in literature or the like. We received green geranium oil already, but it didn't turn pink after a while. Having said that, there are so many different varieties of scent geranium out there, that I do not wonder if the oils differ not only in smell, but also in color.

    Just to be sure: it could not be the case that the content formed foam while cooking and the color is in fact an impurity caused by this foam?

  • Question 13

    Emerita | Venezuela, 13.09.2020 15:28:40
    Hello, how are you, could you clarify the following doubts:
    1) Once the hydrolate has been packaged for later use: is it kept refrigerated or is it kept at room temperature?
    2) Chlorine in drinking or tap water: does it affect the quality of the hydrolate?
    3) The distillation of a non-aromatic plant (without essential oil) is also called a hydrolate?
    4) Could you tell me the percentage of essential oil that you recommend for soaps and shampoo?

    Beforehand thank you very much.

    Saludos cordiales


    ad 1) At room temperature if there was an oil layer on the top. In this case the hydrosol is durable, even if the oil layer has been removed.
    ad 2) Yes, since this is distillable, you can smell it in the distillate. Thus, take chlorine free tab water or groundwater instead. Note: all dissolved minerals, salts, and lime do not evaporate, thus you will end up with purified distilled water, even if the water was not drinkable before distillation. Any microorganisms are no problem for the same reason.
    ad 3) Yes, if you use water. In case of alcohol it's an alcoholic spirit.

    ad 4) These values you can find in our book "The Essential Oil Maker’s Handbook"

  • Question 12

    Emerita | Venezuela, 18.08.2020 07:13:59

    Hello, to store hydrolats, can you use transparent plastic containers?

    I also want to clarify that in question 11, I wanted to say that by reading the part of the forum, especially specialized questions, knowledge is acquired about the essential oil distillation process. Thank you.


    No, since essential oils are able to dissolve certain types of plastic. Hydrosols still contain a certain concentration of essential oils.

    knowledge is acquired about the essential oil distillation process

    Yes, you're absolutely right!

  • Question 11

    Emerita | Venezuela, 31.07.2020 10:56:23

    Hello, first I want to congratulate you for your website, it is very educational, I have learned a lot about plant distillation, especially in the discussion part with the questions and answers. My question is as follows: 1) to distill geranium should I use it fresh or dry? 2) should I cut it finely? In my country there are some plants that do not flower, for example mint and rosemary (this last plant I only found a wild rosemary, which they commonly call criollo, which if it flourishes) 3) these plants, even if they are have not flowers, can obtain a high yield of essential oil?

    Thank you in advance, regards, Emerita

    Thank you, we appreciate your comment about our homepage!
    ad 1) both is possible, although you should dry it first, at least a bit, otherwise you might face the issue having a kind of pulp in the kettle instead of tiny pieces.
    ad 2) yes, in general you should cut the plant material finely, beware of exceptions, like the one mentioned in ad 1).

    ad 3) yes, also these plants can also be used without flowering.

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