Essential oil from dill – step by step
Steam distillation using dill as an example
With the right still, it is very easy to make essential oils and hydrosols yourself. The extraction of essential oil from dill tips is shown here using the LEONARDO® CLASSIC still. Because of the low oil content of the dill tips, the LEONARDO® is very well suited for this.
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Preparation of the plant
Filling the still
After 35 – 40 minutes (at 1500 W heating power), the first two hydrosol bottles (0.2 l) will be full. The essential oil collects in the neck of the bottle and the hydrosol (water enriched with essential oil) beneath.
Essential oil yield
Yield of dill tips oil: 1.1 / 1094 * 100 = approx. 0.10%
(estimated value, because density was not taken into account)
Oil yield for other plants (examples):
Lavender blossoms: 24 ml
Fennel seeds: 31 ml
Eucalyptus leaves: 14 ml
Mint: 7.2 ml
Bay leaves: 12 ml
Bergamot (Monarda): 7.5 ml